Chris Croft's Personal Blog

November 1, 2010

Spring Forward, Fall Back

Filed under: Happiness, Managing People, Random stuff - uncategorisable, Uncategorized — chriscroft @ 7:35 am

Now that winter is officially here with the change of the clocks, how does it feel?

Well, I get a week of feeling good as each morning I get to stay in bed an hour longer – makes all the difference!

But then I pay the longer term price of darker evenings, which are depressing and useless, while the gain of lighter mornings is wasted on me because I feel sh*t when I get up anyway!

So overall I’d keep summer time and have lighter evenings.

I remember when the clocks changed in the factory there were always problems with the night shift. In the autumn they would demand 9 hours pay, and in the spring they would claim victimisation if you tried to only pay them only the 7 hours they had worked – “Its not our fault we’re on the shorter shift” – so we had to pay them for the usual 8. The unions always won.



  1. I agree I’d keep to “summer time” all year round. The argument is always about Scottish farmers or something.

    Here in the US we don’t change till next week, so the small kids were trick-or-treating in broad daylight yesterday evening, which was a bit weird.

    Comment by Martin Herrington — November 1, 2010 @ 10:04 am

  2. I’m also finding that I still stay up till midnight, which of course is really 1am, so although I get a lie in I’m still more tired than usual.
    And then I have to work till 5, which is really six – a longer day. = more tired!

    But bizarrely I get more tired when the clocks go the other way, as well. Because in the spring when they go forward I have to get up an hour earlier, but I still stay up till I feel like it’s midnight (when my watch is saying 1am but I’m ignoring that until I think “gosh is it really 1am already?!”) = less sleep

    Comment by chriscroft — November 3, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

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