The clocks turned back one hour today to mark the end of British Summer Time.
The time was officially pushed back at 2am, which gives all of us an extra 60 minutes to enjoy over the weekend before most people resume their working week on Monday.
It could be the last time that the UK lags behind mainland Europe as MPs and academics are backing a switch to Central European Time, which is currently one hour ahead, to ensure lighter evenings throughout the year.
Scotland could run an hour behind the rest of the UK if they oppose the proposal to tick in time with Europe and petitions have been launched to stop changing the clocks completely.
From today, early-risers and commuters will be met with lighter mornings due to Daylight Saving Time and afternoons will also be drawn to a close earlier throughout the autumn and winter months ahead of Halloween on Friday.
The clocks last changed on 30 March when the time was pushed forward one hour to create longer and lighter summer nights.
10 best alarm clocks
10 best alarm clocks
1/8 Gingko Cube Red Walnut
If you prefer your clocks minimalist, this 7cm one with three alarm settings is a particularly cool example. It displays the date, time and temperature alternately but if you don’t want the LED shining at night, you can set it to light up at the click of your fingers. £20, amazon
2/8 Sony XDRC706DBP DAB Clock Radio
For anyone who likes to wake up to radio, this sleek clock with 20 pre-set stations has reception that’s clearer and sharper than others on the market. Handy features include four alarm settings and an extendable snooze function. £61, amazon
3/8 Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30
This innovative alarm brings you gently out of sleep with a slowly brightening light and in doing so, it tells your body to switch off production of the sleep hormone melatonin, while increasing hormones like cortisol to get you going. Good for SAD sufferers. £54, amazon
4/8 LEGO Brick Alarm Clock
Available in yellow, red and blue, this retro-looking piece is a giant lego brick in alarm-clock form. It looks good in kids’ bedrooms but big kids will like it too. £17, amazon
5/8 Lascelles Travel Alarm Clock
This looks old school but that’s its charm. The neat fold-away clock comes in a leather case and has the feel of something you might pass down through generations, despite the relatively low price. £45, johnlewis
6/8 Newgate Classic Alarm Clock
Newgate is known for its simple but striking wall, mantel and alarm clocks. As the name suggests, this one is a retro-inspired model that looks good on the bedside table. It’s also available in pink. A word of warning: the alarm’s louder than average. £19, amazon
7/8 Roberts Dreamtime2 DAB Clock Radio
This won’t wake you up with a start; the alarm starts quietly and builds up. It has all the usual features of a DAB radio plus It’s a good one for partners with different sleeping habits – you can set two independent alarms and there’s a headphone socket for night-time listening. £43, amazon
8/8 The White Company Small Karlsson Alarm Clock
This elegant little clock will fit in well in a bedroom where the emphasis is on calm. The polished steel frame and twin alarm bells keep it classic, but the colour scheme and simple face bring it bang up to date. £35, thewhitecompany
What you need to do:
It’s easy to forget when the clocks change. Mobile phones, tablets and computers connected to the internet should change automatically, while most cookers or clocks will need to be changed manually.
Why do we change the clocks?
The idea of moving the clocks forward during the summer and then back again was first proposed in parliament in 1907. Later, in the Second World War clocks were put forward an hour to boost production in factories and so that workers could get back home before the blackout.
The Government put the clocks forward again for the entire time between 1968 and 1971 as an experiment– but it was deemed that it made Scotland too dark in the mornings.
There have been many attempts to change British time to bring it line with Central European Time (an hour ahead).
In 2010 Conservative MP Rebecca Harris started a Private Member’s Bill arguing for British Summer Time to be continued through winter.
Campaigners argue that extra light in the winter evenings could mean fewer road accidents. But arguments against it are concerned with the safety of children getting to school in the early morning.