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7 Things That Happen Without Fail Every Time We Turn The Clocks Back

In just over a week, it will be time to turn the clocks back an hour. That’s right, it’s that time of year already. Time to wave goodbye to warm summer evenings, and say hello to cold winter nights, and dark afternoons.

Here are 7 things to be prepared for that you’re inevitably going to experience when the clocks go back.


As if to purposefully confuse you, at least one of your time-telling devices won’t adjust automatically. You’ll spend at least a little while looking at the times on each of your devices, trying to work out which ones are telling you the truth.


Did your alarm go off at the right time? Or is it running an hour ahead? Or an hour behind?!

Even if everything runs smoothly and the clocks on your devices go back on their own, it’s inevitable that at some point during the day, you’ll be thoroughly confused about what time it is. You’ll probably also give yourself a headache trying to work out whether you’ve gained or lost an hour (don’t worry, you’ll have gained one).

Confusion When The Clocks Go Back


Half of your day will be spent poking fun at those who were late to work because they forgot to turn their clocks back. Let’s face it, there’s always at least one.

Or if you’re that person, that one, then most of your day will be spent being ridiculed by family members and colleagues alike.


Someone will spark the age old debate about whether we should have daylight saving time, or stop changing the clocks altogether. And more often than not, the person starting the debate and rambling on won’t know an awful lot about the topic.

Clocks Going Back


Home time won’t be a sunny stroll home anymore. Instead, it will probably be dark by the time you leave the office.


Now that it’s getting dark earlier, we’re officially nearly in winter. And winter means Christmas. That’s right, the hype starts now. Admit it, your heart raced a little when you read the word. Christmas.


You’ll attempt to change the time on your car’s clock, but give up pretty quickly when you realise it must be impossible. After you’ve fiddled with it for a while, and pressed every button on the dashboard, the clock will be several hours ahead rather than one hour behind, and the year will be set to 1984. And the chances are, it will stay that way until you give it another go when the clocks go forwards in Spring.

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