Start of British Summer Time Sees Two Thirds of Brits Enjoy an Unexpected Mood Boost

  • Brighter evenings improve wellbeing, research finds 
  • Silentnight study reveals how daylight savings time affects mood and sleep patterns


Millions of Brits have enjoyed an unexpected mood boost after Sunday’s clock change marked the start of British summer time, according to new national research.

The study from Silentnight found 67% of people feel happier when the clocks go forward – thanks to brighter evenings.

BST began at 1am on Sunday when the clocks went forward to 2am, resulting in people losing an hour’s sleep.

The switch means that the sun will set later each evening, providing the nation with more daylight in the evenings – a change welcomed by many.

The data revealed that the mood-boosting benefit of British Summer Time is experienced by people of all ages and gender, with men, women and each age demographic reporting positive results.

However, the research also found that Spring daylight savings time does temporarily result in disrupted sleep for around a third (34%) of the nation.

Following the change, it takes two in five (40%) Brits three to four days for their sleep routine to return to normal.

Despite this, 44% of people say they are unlikely to purposefully go to sleep earlier the night before the clocks go forward to make up for losing an hour of sleep.

Hannah Shore, Sleep Expert at Silentnight, said: “Our research shows that daylight savings time has both positive and negative effects on the nation’s sleep and wellbeing, so it’s important for us to manage the seasonal change successfully.

“Everyone loves brighter mornings and evenings, which allow us to spend more time outdoors, however, losing an hour of sleep at the end of March can cause some disruption to our sleep.

“Sleeping patterns are controlled by our circadian rhythm, which intuitively tells our brains and our bodies when it’s time to wake up and go to sleep. A change in light exposure brought on by daylight savings time, resulting in earlier sunrises and later sunsets, can cause problems.

“The good news is that there are a number of simple tips and tricks that you can integrate into your daily and night-time routines that will help prevent unwanted disrupted sleep”

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