For exactly 100 years, we have been putting the clocks back at the end of October - and we’ll do so again at 1am GMT this Sunday (October 30, 2016). But according to a new poll, we still haven’t got used to it.
A survey of 1,000 bleary-eyed Brits revealed that nearly a quarter of us are woken by our body clocks, despite wanting to sleep through the extra hour.
Thirty per cent of us hate the fact that from Monday it will get dark before we leave work, and 16pc dislike having to manually adjust clocks which, unlike smartphones, don’t do it themselves.
A similar number worry about whether they’re looking at the old or new time, because they’re not sure which clocks have been updated.
One parent in 20 worries that their children will wake an hour early on Sunday because their body clocks don’t know the time has changed, and around one in 18 complain that changing the clocks will become their main topic of conversation for days beforehand.
It was during the First World War that we began adjusting the clocks to save precious daylight - and, save for World War Two and a brief period in the late 1960s, when we adopted “British Standard Time”, we’ve been doing it ever since.
The practice is by no means universal - around the world, nearly 100 countries have never used daylight saving time. In Europe, Belarus, Georgia and Iceland have abandoned the practice.
Andrew Fraser from lighting retailer scotlightdirect.co.uk, which commissioned the survey, said: “Some people do find the clocks going back an annoying, and even a depressing affair.