When do the clocks go back in 2020 and do you get an extra hour of sleep?

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BRITISH Summer Time has officially ended for another year - with Brits changing their clocks back by one hour to mark the start of winter.

But why do we change the clocks twice a year, what does it symbolise and how did it start? Read on...

The clocks always go forwards on the last weekend in March, and back in October

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The clocks always go forwards on the last weekend in March, and back in October

Did the clocks go back or forward last night?

There is an easy way to help remember when the clocks go backward or forward.

The clocks always go forwards on the last weekend in March, and back in October.

Thankfully, there’s a handy phrase to remember to avoid confusion - ‘spring forwards, fall back.’

The clocks went back at 2am on Sunday morning, giving us an extra hour in bed.

Do we gain an hour in October?

Yes. Britons gained an extra hour of sleep last night as the clocks went backwards, signifying the start of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

This means the rest of the year and start of 2021 will see darker mornings after the clocks turn backwards.

But Brits lose an hour each March, with the clocks going forwards to put the UK on BST or British Summer Time.

Brits gain an extra hour of sleep when the clocks go backwards, signifying the start of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

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Brits gain an extra hour of sleep when the clocks go backwards, signifying the start of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)Credit: PA:Press Association

Why do the clocks go back?

The first record of daylight saving time came from builder William Willet, who was “incensed at the ‘waste’ of useful daylight during the summer, according to historians.

Mr Willet said: “Though the sun had been up for hours as he rode his horse through Chislehurst and Petts Wood, people were still asleep in bed”.

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He proposed the clocks changing in a pamphlet titled The Waste of Daylight which was published in 1907.

Sadly, Mr Willet did not see his idea come to fruition and died in 1915 - the year before the first change to the clocks came in 1916.

Nowadays, the clocks going back is a signal of the beginning of the winter season - and shorter, darker days ahead.

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