When do the clocks go forward in 2017? Tonight
PUBLISHED: 20:43 25 March 2017 | UPDATED: 20:43 25 March 2017
Remember to put your clocks forward an hour tonight before you go to bed as British Summer Time begins on Sunday, March 26 – Mother’s Day.
So when exactly do the clocks change tonight?
British Summer Time (BST) will start in the early hours of Sunday, March 26.
Clocks should be put forward 60 minutes at 1am, as the UK moves out of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
BST traditionally starts on the final Sunday in March, and ends on the last Sunday in October.
Clocks will go back an hour on Sunday, October 29, 2017 when BST ends and the country reverts to GMT.
• Top tips for parents to survive the clocks changing
St Albans-based certified children’s sleep consultant Kate Cohen, from Sleep Time Baby, shares her top tips on how to survive the clocks changing.
1) Don’t act to quickly
Delay changing the clocks in your house until the morning of the clock change, that way you can start the day as per normal and enjoy that satisfaction of knowing that you all slept in a bit later.
2) Get them nice and tired
On the day of the time change get your child out and about to wear them out a bit more than usual, head down to the park or go for a walk to get some fresh air.
3) Push bedtime back
From March 26 put your child to bed 30 minutes later than normal, so 7.30pm rather than 7pm.
Continue this for the next three days and then on the fourth night switch back to 7pm as your child should now be able to switch to the new time.
4) Don’t forget the naps
If your child is napping, do the same, just put each nap 30 minutes later than normal for three days and then revert back.
5) Check your child’s windows
Remember that it’s now lighter in the morning, so have a look at the window coverings in the room and if there is any light getting in consider putting up a black out blind, to avoid early rising creeping in.
Kate said: “Parents often dread this time of year, but if you follow this plan, your child’s sleep and yours shouldn’t be interrupted too much.
“Remember that any upsets should be temporary and the change in the clocks should take no longer than a week to settle down, leaving you time to enjoy the lighter mornings and evenings in no time.”
• For more information on Kate Cohen and her sleep consultancy Sleep Time Baby, find her online at www.sleeptimebaby.co.uk
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