Video: Why turning back the clocks gives us the winter blues

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More than 60 per cent of Britons are opposed to turning the clocks back this weekend, with almost half saying they feel “more depressed” in the winter months, according to a survey.

A third of people (33 per cent) believe clocks should not go back at all, while 29 per cent think the UK should adopt Central European Time, which gives two additional hours of daylight in the evening, the poll for Santander Home Insurance found.

Richard Horton turns back one of 500 clocks at the Science Museum

Richard Horton turns back one of 500 clocks at the Science Museum

Darker evenings leave 47 per cent of Britons feeling depressed and 27 per cent believing they are more at risk of injury caused by muggings and accidents.

More than four in 10 (44 per cent) say they leave the house less as the evenings draw in. The study also found that 21 per cent of those questioned are already struggling to pay their winter heating and lighting bills.

Santander spokesman Richard Al-Dabbagh said: “Darker evenings will always leave people feeling more vulnerable but when the clocks go back, this change is exaggerated by what appears to be quite a stark loss of daylight.

“Darker evenings can lead to a higher incidence of crime and accidents. However, they are no reason to stay indoors or limit our activities. They just mean we need to be more vigilant and more stringent when it comes to personal safety.”