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Time News in 2012

Recent news related to time, time zone and daylight saving time

Daylight saving time begins in Australia tomorrow

Published: 6th Oct 2012, 10:31 GMT

Flinders Ranges, South Australia.

Sunnier days are here for the ACT, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania since the move to daylight saving time tomorrow morning at 2 a.m. The clocks will be moved forward by an hour to 3 a.m.

The coming night will be an hour shorter for people living in areas adjusting to daylight saving time (DST).

According to Professor Greg Murray, who studies the role of circadian rhythms in mood disorders in Swinburne University, Melbourne, said that the days and weeks after the change to daylight saving time may cause short-term problems as our bodies adjust to the time change.

"Daylight saving is designed primarily to save energy by shifting human behaviors more towards the light phase of the day," Dr Murray explained.

However, adjusting to the switch can cause sleep disturbances, but once our body has adjusted there are clear benefits. There is more sunlight during afternoons since sun sets one hour later. This extra daylight hour can be used to exercise, and to socialize which are good for mental health and wellbeing.

Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory observe standard time year-round.