Small changes put the 'savings' in Daylight Saving Time

Mar 13, 2017, 00:50
Small changes put the 'savings' in Daylight Saving Time

Some people remember which way to move their clocks using the phrase, "spring forward, fall back". You'll lose an hour's sleep Saturday night, but gain more evening light in the months ahead, when the weather warms and you want to be outdoors.

Clocks spring forward this Sunday - March 12 - for daylight saving time. The current schedule, introduced in 2007, lists the time changes on the second Sunday of March and the first Sunday of November. This hour is not lost forever. However, the adjustment of our body clocks might take a bit longer, so prepare yourself for a "tired Monday!"

Even so, Franklin's idea spread in the 20th century.

Perhaps most significantly, the widely held belief - a major inspiration for Daylight Saving Time in two world wars and more or less permanently since the mid-1960s- that the time-shift saves energy is apparently off base.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. He wrote an essay "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light" suggesting candle usage could be reduced by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of the natural morning light instead.

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She ended her letter, "Let's stay on standard time this year and relax".

If you've ever wondered why daylight-saving time is still a thing, you're not alone.

Saul Rothenberg, a behavioral sleep medicine specialist at Northwell Health likened the time change to a case of jet lag, stating, "It's like flying from Chicago to NY". "The one-hour shift not only means possibly losing an hour of sleep this coming weekend, but more than that, it requires a shift in everyone's internal clock".

To the rest of us plebeians who do not own a golf course, be sure your coffee on Sunday morning is extra strong. Kansen Chu's new bill would give the Legislature the power to change its dates and times by a majority vote or get rid of Daylight Saving Time all together.

When the clock strikes 2 here in California you loose an hour of sleep. Hawaii, Arizona and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands all do not observe Daylight Saving Time (interestingly enough, the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona does observe the time change).