THE clocks have gone forward this weekend meaning we will lose an hour.

With clocks going forward today - Sunday, 28 March - everyone in the UK will lose an hour of sleep - but it'll stay lighter until much later. 

It's officially springtime which means the clocks went forward overnight - very early on Sunday at 1am.

Your phone will likely have updated its own clock - but down't forget to change all the other clocks in your home manually.

When will the clocks change again?

The next time the clocks will change again in 2021 will be October 31 but this time they move one hour backwards.

An easy way to remember which way the clocks turn is to remember that in spring they 'spring forward' an hour and in autumn the clocks 'fall back' an hour.

What is daylight saving time? 

Daylight saving time (DST) is the practice of moving the clocks forward one hour from Standard Time during the summer months, and changing them back again in the fall. The general idea is that this allows us all to make better use of natural daylight.

Why do we have daylight saving time?

The idea of DST has been around for hundreds of years but it wasn't until the late 18th century that it became globally recognised. 

A British-born ontologist and astronomer named George Hudson first pitched the idea of daylight savings in 1895.

But it wasn't until 1916 when the Daylight Saving Bill was brought in by the UK government.

DST is generally not observed near the equator, where sunrise and sunset times do not vary enough to justify it. 

More recently there has been discussion of getting rid of the changing of the clocks but the UK retains the system to this day.