Couple’s time warp helps with health and bills
PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 December 2010
AN INNOVATIVE couple say they have improved their health and cut down on bills – by living on British summer time all year round.
John and Janys Warren, of St George’s, came up with the inventive idea after Mr Warren started suffering from cluster headaches.
And they say that refusing to put the clocks back and living an hour behind the rest of the country has not only helped reduce his pain, but also saved them hundreds of pounds in heating and lighting bills.
Mr Warren, 70, said that by living in their own special time warp, the retired couple wake up at 7.30pm (which is 8.30pm British winter time), and go to bed at around 11pm – 10pm winter time.
Mr Warren, a parish councillor for St George’s, said: “Cluster headaches are quite an unusual affliction, and they caused me quite a lot of pain.
“At one point before we decided not to change the clocks, I was having up to eight attacks a day.
“Janys heard about someone who didn’t change their clocks in winter, and sometimes he didn’t have any attacks, so she suggested that we tried doing the same, and my condition has become a lot more bearable as a result.
“It’s been a big help for my health as my attacks have eased off quite a lot.”
As well as the benefits for Mr Warren’s health, he says that the couple now find living an hour ahead of the rest of the UK a much more pleasant style of living.
He said: “It’s a much more relaxed way of living. Because we wake up later in the day, we feel much more awake in the evening which is nice.
“We get far more daylight now, and it’s certainly nice to wake up to sunlight at this time of year and not have to deal with endless dark evenings.”
“And we only have to put our heating on when we wake up, so we’ve saved a lot of money on our heating and lighting bills, about one third in fact.
“As far as we know we’re the only people who have done this, although we did hear of someone who lives on Greenwich Mean Time all year round.”