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HOW WILL YOU SPEND YOUR EXTRA HOUR THIS WEEKEND?

The UK will be gifted an extra hour this weekend as Daylight Saving Time rolls around, and it looks like over half of the nation is set to spend the extra hour in bed

A survey conducted by memory-foam mattress creator Dormeo shows that 52.8% of people are going to have a lie in on 30 October 2016, as opposed to only 28.6% who are planning to rise early and make the most of the day. Furthermore, 12.3% will simply choose to lounge around, as opposed to 6.3% of people who plan to spend the extra hour exercising.

The data reveals quite the age gap in approaches to the clocks going back, with 70% of 18-24 year olds planning to spend the extra hour snoozing and 50% of 55-64 year olds choosing to rise early. Women were also the more likely group to spend their time exercising, although men just has the edge in getting up and making use of the extra hour.

How will you spend your extra hour?

How will you spend your extra hour?

This year is a historic one for daylight saving as it is exactly 100 years ago since it was first implemented in Britain. The idea came about in 1907 when William Willet (the great-great grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin, incidentally) published a pamphlet claiming turning the clocks back could save over £2.5m a year in lighting costs. However,

Britain didn’t adopt the idea until 1916 when the First World War made energy saving a priority which was sadly less than a year after Willett had passed away.

Since then, there has been plenty of debate over whether daylight saving should continue in the UK with supporters arguing it continues to save energy and boost productivity. The golf industry is also a big supporter as the lighter mornings help make an extra £246.5m in green fees and sales.

The golf industry is a big supporter of Daylight Saving Time as the lighter mornings help make an extra £246.5m in green fees and sales

Detractors of the scheme point to an experiment between 1968 and 1971 where daylight saving was trialled all year round meaning some parts of the UK didn’t see the sunrise until 10am causing havoc for farmers and construction workers.

So brace yourselves, Britain – you won’t be seeing lighter nights again until the clocks go forward again on 26 March 2017!

The survey of 301 participants (men and women from the UK aged 18+) was carried out using Google consumer surveys in October 2016. Find further details about the survey here

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