On Sunday the 31st of October at 2am the clocks turn back, so brace yourself, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting darker, longer and colder.
A combination that makes us sleepy, moody, and always ready for bed. «Undo» hours largely signify the onset of winter, but also mean an extra hour for quilt day on Sunday.
For a look on the bright side, here’s everything you need to know about changing the clock.
A Solus Light Bulbs spokesperson said: «An interesting fact is that the whole concept of summer saving was actually introduced in 1907 by Coldplay singer Chris Martin’s great-grandfather! William Lillet published a study called The Waste of Daylight in an attempt to get people out of bed early by Changing the nation’s hours.
«His grandson, Chris Martin, went on to be hugely successful with hits like ‘Klux’ and ‘Daylight’ which may have been inspired by his grandfather.»
Currently, about 70 countries participate in DST. Ireland is located in the Greenwich Mean Time zone, and shares the same time with Great Britain, Iceland, Portugal and some countries in Northwest Africa.
And you probably won’t actually sleep during that extra hour because since your internal body clock doesn’t know the time has changed, it’s more likely that you’ll wake up at your usual time.
In winter, with generally fewer hours of daylight, it is important to seek morning light exposure where you can. The light is a strong signal to alert the internal clock, and the daylight ensures that it stays in sync 24 hours a day.
And darkness isn’t all bad news, some experts say many of us fail to get the amount of exposure to darkness we need to keep us healthy. Embracing darkness can improve your eating patterns, resulting in less late-night hunger pangs and unhealthy snacks.
Although a lack of daylight when the clocks come back is known to cause mood swings in people with social anxiety disorder, a lack of exposure to darkness can also have negative emotional effects. Psychologists have found that watching TV late at night can lead to depression due to the effects of the light that the screen emits.
Solus is an Irish owned company committed to providing a full range of energy efficient lighting products for all possible applications.
As the hours return and the evening grows darker, Solus Light Bulbs have new LEDs with an XCrossTM filament design that look like the common old light bulbs we grew up on but use 90% less energy.
Replacing three halogen lamps with LEDs using three hours of electricity per day can save a household up to €43 per year.
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