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Do You Get Depressed When The Clocks Go Back?

27/10/2010 14:18 | Updated 22 May 2015

As most people already know, the clocks go back an hour this weekend. But how does that affect you? Are you excited about the prospect of an extra hour in bed this coming Sunday morning, or are you depressed that British Summer Time will soon be well and truly over?

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According to a survey of 13,000 people it's unlikely the event will be met with much joy. When asked, 40% said they get depressed by the darker evenings that are a direct result of the clocks changing, with almost a quarter claiming that once British Summer Time officially ends they feel generally grumpier.

Admittedly the survey only involved people aged 50 and over, but since younger people weren't included it could be argued that most of us - whatever our age - feel largely the same.

Two-thirds of the people quizzed said they felt more isolated when the days suddenly get shorter and that they were less likely to go out during the dark evenings than when it's lighter. Many also said they watch more television and take less exercise after the clocks to back too (we're sure that's not exclusively a problem faced by the over-50s).

The idea that more people get depressed during the winter months is nothing new, with at least two million Brits estimated to suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and the winter blues.

But could extending British Summer Time into the winter months - which means the clocks wouldn't be changed - help?

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