Greenbelt

Let's get ready to fall back!

We’re getting closer to that time of the year when the clocks go back one hour. Yes, on Sunday, October 29, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) resumes.

The good news is we get a whole extra hour in bed.

But if you’re worried the change might upset upset your sleep patterns, remember that

exposure to sunlight helps to synchronise internal body clocks so that they can adapt more easily to the new timeline.

So make sure you get your light fix by going for a regular stroll – or even a run – outside every day this week.

The added tiredness will also help you to sleep better on the Sunday night, meaning a brighter, fresher start come Monday morning.

Keep in mind, too, that youngsters can find adjusting their body clocks much more difficult than us grown-ups.

Thankfully, there are ways to help them get used to their new autumn timetable . . . and the simplest and most fun method is to encourage them to play outdoors.

Making use of our open spaces and play parks while it’s still light in the autumn afternoons will help young adventurers stay active and awake that little bit longer in the evening – before finally enjoying their bedtime stories.

And let’s face it, even if it does get dark sooner, autumn really is a beautiful time of the year to spend playing amidst the many-coloured attractions of our natural surroundings!