The clocks are changing tonight

For some, the change in time will cause nothing but trouble as their internal body clocks may refuse

For some, the change in time will cause nothing but trouble as their internal body clocks may refuse to adjust to the alteration. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Because we wouldn't want you to be late for work, here's a reminder you need to change your alarm clocks tonight.

Twice a year we face the possibility of being out of sync, running either an hour ahead or an hour behind schedule. This is thanks to the changing of the clocks, with time moving an hour forward in spring and an hour back in autumn.

Most smart devices such as phones, computers and televisions should now update themselves in order to show the correct time, but others like your car, oven and microwave will need to be adjusted manually.

This year the day of change falls on Easter Sunday. 1am on March 27 will mark the official beginning of British Summer Time (BST) or Daylight Saving Time (DST) as it is also known.

With it, BST should bring longer, potentially sunnier days and warmer temperatures which will make for a welcome change after our dalliance with ice and snow in East Anglia last week.

For some, the change in time will cause nothing but trouble as their internal body clocks may refuse to adjust to the alteration.

However a 2014 study published on the BBC involving 23,000 children in nine countries, suggests that entering BST has a positive influence on our health and actions, with children's activity levels found to be 15-20pc higher on summer days.

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BST was invented in 1907 by George Vernon Hudson who wanted to prevent people from wasting valuable hours of light during summer mornings.

Germany was the first country to adopt the plan to change clocks in 1916, with Britain following suit and making the change only a month later.

After being pushed forward on the last Sunday of March, the clocks will stay as they are until October 30, 2016 when they will then go back and the UK will once more be on Greenwich Mean Time.

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