- By: Thomas Mac Mahon
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What happens this year on 26 March in Europe, is delayed until 2 April in America, but doesn't occur in Japan at all? Well, in those countries taking part, it's time to turn the clocks forward one hour, marking the start of daylight saving time (DST), or summer time as it's also known. Now you might groan about losing valuable minutes for partying, studying, or sleeping (your priorities changing as you progress through the course), but are there any tangible benefits to this annual ritual? And what about the health implications of daylight saving that don't often get a mention?
Nevertheless, although we might agree that all these benefits are worth while, our bodies beg to differ when actually faced with the change. Circadian rhythms, our own biological clocks, regulate behavioural and physiological processes and are