20 Things To Do With
Your Extra Hour When
The Clocks Go Back

The days are getting shorter and the weather
is getting slightly colder. The question on
everyone’s lips is ‘When do the clocks go
The Daylight Savings clocks change
happens on 1st October in 2017 and
gives us an extra hour to do whatever
we please. Tempur have compiled
a list of 20 great things to do
in your extra hour, so there
is something for everyone
whether you want to
do something active
or just have an extra
hour of sleep.


  1. Call an old friend

    It can be difficult to keep in touch with people when you have a hectic lifestyle, but why not use the extra hour to have a good catch up. On average, women say 833 words per hour, compared to men who say 291 words an hour.

  2. Play a board game

    Sit down with the family and have a game of Monopoly or Chess. The longest tournament chess game (in terms of moves) ever to be played was Nikolić-Arsović, Belgrade 1989, which lasted 20 hours and 15 minutes to complete a drawn game.

  1. Catch up on emails

    294 billions emails are sent per day. However, only 1.9 billion of these are deemed to be genuine and not annoying spam.

  2. Give out some hugs

    The most hugs given in one hour is 2,436 and was achieved by Jayasimha Ravirala in Tekkali, Andrha Pradesh, India, on 29th September 2012.

  3. Take a selfie

    Selfies are all over social media websites, so why not take some of your own? Canadian Melinda Shankar managed to take 421 selfies in one hour. That’s a lot of pouting and smiling!


  1. Take a bubble bath

    Slip into a nice hot bubble bath and feel the stresses of the week melt away. Use essential, cosmetic or medicinal oils to help you relax.

  2. Take a nap

    An hour long nap is perfect for improving short term alertness, without making you feel groggy or interfering with your night-time sleep patterns.

  3. Make a delicious breakfast

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so why not whip up something tasty to start your day. Breakfast should be eaten within two hours of waking and provide 20-35% calories of your guideline daily allowance.

  1. Go for a workout

    A good 1 hour workout can improve your mood, boost energy levels and promote better sleep. You can also burn up to 500 calories with an intense workout which is equivalent to a Big Mac.

  2. Go for a bike ride

    Erik Skramstad holds the record for the longest distance cycled in one hour without using their hands. The American managed to ride 37km 417 metres in Las Vegas.

  3. Get a haircut

    Where most people would go to the barbers or hairdressers to get their hair cut, David Rae of the UK managed to give 27 haircuts under water in one hour at the London School of Diving in 2007.

  1. Start Christmas shopping

    Christmas might seem ages away but it will creep up on you before you know it! Shop online for Christmas presents and avoid the rush to the shops in December.


  1. Clean the house

    Cleaning can be boring and time consuming, so why not make use of the extra hour doing the little jobs you never have time to do like cleaning the bedroom or kitchen.

  1. Play with your pets

    Playing with your cat or dog can be amazingly therapeutic. People who own cats or dogs are 30% less likely to suffer a heart attack.

  2. Travel 1,000 miles in bed

    The earth rotates at 1,070 miles per hour meaning that even by staying in bed or in one spot you are travelling the same distance as you would on a flight from London to Monaco.

  3. Do some gardening

    Now’s the time to plant bulbs and flowers which bloom in the Spring.

  1. Have a pillow fight

    No-one can resist a pillow fight! Don’t forget it is International Pillow Fight Day in April.


  1. Watch your
    favourite TV show

    Whether you are engrossed in a drama or glued to a sitcom, using your extra hour to catch up on your favourite show will bring a smile to your face.

  2. Listen to a short story

    Listen to a favourite podcast or audiobook, or even your favourite music album. Take time to catch up with that every day story of country folk broadcast for over 60 years on BBC Radio 4 - The Archers.

  3. Learn a song or instrument

    Whether you prefer to rock and roll on your electric guitar or peacefully play the piano, make the most of your extra hour by learning to play a new song.

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20 Things To Do With Your Extra Hour When The Clocks Go Back