After the clocks go back, here's one simple way to get another hour back (and more) without changing time zones

Lynsey Barber
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On the clock? Not at lunch time
On the clock? Not at lunch time (Source: Getty)

If you enjoyed getting an extra snooze in bed thanks to the tradition of the clocks going back, but wish the treat of an additional hour in your life wasn't just a one-off yearly thing, there is one very simple way to reclaim more time in your life: lunch breaks.

Not for us the long languid two-hour bistro meal of the French, or the midday siesta of Spain - Brits take the shortest lunch break of any country in Europe.

Skipping the standard hour-long break isn't good for you scientists keep telling us. It's bad for your productivity and bad for company performance, among other things, but worst of all, you're losing an hour of your own precious time.

Ok, you may not be able to use is for napping (unless you work at Google), but perhaps that hour focusing on something other than work such as running errands will save you time later, meaning you can get under the covers that little bit earlier. The break from work can also help you disconnect from work, reducing stress and helping you drop off sooner.

Think it's just a few hours here and there that you're losing from not taking a lunch break? Think again. It builds up over the year.

Just missing one hour-long lunch break a week means you're losing around 48 hours a year - that's two whole days, or an entire weekend.

Work out exactly how much time you could reclaim by taking a full hour lunch break using the calculator.


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