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Daylight “Saving” or “Savings” Time?

If you guessed, “saving”, you’re correct. Daylight saving time without an S!

Daylight saving time has been around for centuries. Some point to Ben Franklin’s satirical 1784 essay that suggested the late-rising French take advantage of morning sunlight to save on candles. Germany was the first country to adopt daylight saving time in 1916 to save energy during World War I, and other countries followed. Nowadays, for most Americans, daylight saving time means only one thing; losing an hour’s sleep. 

So what’s the point? The point is we move clocks forward one hour in the spring because of longer days in the middle of the year, presumably using less lighting. We revert to “standard time” in the fall turning the clocks back one hour. As I was taught to remember, Spring ahead, Fall back!

But some studies suggest when we spring forward by one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, it will likely prompt an increase in heart attacks and strokes, cause more car accidents and reduce worker productivity. Disruptions, even minor ones, to human beings’ sleep patterns can have colossal effects, according to researchers. Also, studies have generally failed to show significant energy savings associated with the shift.

Legislators in some states have tried unsuccessfully to pass laws abandoning daylight saving time. Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not reset clocks. So for now, Sunday morning will come just a little bit earlier than usual for most of us. My suggestion….sleep in an extra hour or two this Sunday and catch up on your beauty sleep. After all, isn’t that what Sunday mornings are for?

 

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

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