Spring Ahead! Daylight Saving Time this weekend

2:34 PM, Mar 9, 2013   |    comments
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Daylight Savings Time: ruining our sleep schedules since 1918.

Yes, it's that dreary time of year again, the time we all lose an hour of sleep.

Daylight Savings Time kicks in this weekend on Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. It's also a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors as well.

So, despite "spring forward" sounding cheery, start preparing now for grumpy friends, bitter they're stuck feeling fatigued. There's nothing we love more than turning our clocks forward one full hour.

But where does this sorry spring tradition come from anyway?

Blame it on Benjamin Franklin. He first suggested we reset our clocks back in 1784 in an effort to save on candles. It wasn't until 1918, however, that his idea came to fruition, when the U.S. railroads initiated a standardized time for their train schedules.

The change was first imposed during World War I to conserve energy, but was repealed after the war ended. It was instituted again during World War II, but it was left up to the states to decide if they wanted to adopt the change, as well as when it would start and end.

Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time, nor does every part of Arizona.

DST used to be in April until the Energy Policy Act of 2005 required the start time move to March. A 2012 study found that the day after we set our clocks forward, there is a 3.1 percent increase in "cyberloafing."

It's also a "green" thing now. The U.S. Department of Transportation formerly discovered Daylight Savings Time decreased electricity usage by about one percent. But later studies have shown savings if offset by us running air conditioners.


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