British Summer Time and why dogs are so happy about it!

At last British Summer Time has come around. Last weekend the clocks went forward and, supposedly, we are now hurtling towards summertime!

My only problem is, I’m sitting here writing this today feeling like I’ve been drugged, and it’s Wednesday! What is it with losing an hour of sleep? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that’s having trouble waking up on time then functioning fully during the day, am I?

I can’t imagine dog walkers going into people’s houses this week to collect the dogs, only to find them dozing happily in their beds. Can you imagine them looking up and saying ‘sorry, I’m not quite awake enough at the moment, can you come back in an hour or so?’ Nope, neither can I (well, maybe if it's a whippet that might be another matter)! So why is it we have so much trouble?

Whippet sleeping in a cosy cave

I have to say that I didn’t seem to have too much trouble on Monday when the sun was shining, but now that normal service has resumed and we’re under a cloud of diffused grey light and rain, I’m definitely feeling more lethargic and sleepy.

It seems I can’t be alone in this feeling, as on 8th February the EU Parliament voted to review Daylight Savings Time (DSY). At the moment EU law states that DST is common for all 28 member states and they must all change to DST on the same date in spring and autumn. You can read more about this on the BBC website here.

Whippet enjoying the spring sunshine in comfort

When the clocks spring forward to BST, dogs must think it’s the best time ever! No worries for them that they’ve missed an hour’s sleep, oh no, as far as they’re concerned their humans are so tired and confused they’re getting fed an hour early!!!!

Whippet and GErmand Shepherd at feeding time

It would seem that even Amazon’s great “Alexa” can’t work out the time either!

So if technology that doesn’t have any sleep issues can’t get it right, what hope do we have!

I, for one, would be happy to join our Antipodean cousins and have one set time for the whole year! None of this confusing our bodies twice a year, but until then......could someone please pass the coffee!!

Do you find yourself struggling with the change of time? Does your dog also seem to suffer, or just carry on regardless? I'd love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below

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