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The nights get shorter, the evenings stay lighter longer and daffodils begin to bloom – that can only mean one thing.

Spring is on the way, with time to switch to British Summer Time (BST) just around the corner where our clocks move forward one hour.

The advance of the clocks occurs every year on the last Sunday in March in the UK.

But in exchange for less darkness, Brits get an hour less in bed.

Here’s everything there is to know about the change.

When do the clocks advance?

This year, British Summer Time takes place on Sunday 25 March. Clocks should be put forward one hour to 1am.

Fortunately, the clocks of many internet-connected devices, including smartphones, TVs, and tablets, will automatically make the change for us.

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But to avoid being late for work and getting a good night’s sleep, some people will still need to be prepared for the change so they don’t get caught out.

Devices that are not connected to the internet, such as microwaves and alarm clocks, will need to be changed manually.

Once the autumn season approaches later in the year, the clocks will reverse on the last Sunday in October, meaning Brits will gain an hour.

British Summer Time will start on the last Sunday in March (Daniel Novta/Flickr Creative Commons)

How to remember which way the clocks change:

To remember which way to change the clocks, there’s an old saying that’s simple to memorize: “jump forward, fall back.”

Why do the clocks move forward?

The change in British clocks was introduced during the First World War, in an effort to make the most of light and save on the use of coal.

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It was invented in 1895 by George Vincent Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist.

But British businessman William Willett is also credited with the idea as a way to get up earlier to get more hours of daylight after work.

While the UK has always had daylight saving time since its introduction, it became widespread across the world during the 1970s due to the energy crisis.

Are there any downsides to the change?

For some, coping with the time change can have inconveniences. In addition to disrupting sleep patterns, the change can also leave some feeling groggy and unrested.

To avoid this, going to bed an hour earlier to counter the time change can help.

But what are the benefits?

Moving the clocks forward means the nights are lighter for many people’s commute and for all evening activities.

In addition to saving energy and money on home heating, there are also fewer road accidents.

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Jan G. Gilbert