Published: Sun, March 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Spring forward: Daylight saving time starts Sunday

Spring forward: Daylight saving time starts Sunday

Smoke detector batteries need changing every six months and the switch to daylight-saving time is the ideal time to make the change. This annual event is exciting because it means Spring is just around the corner, but it's also a widely dreaded occasion, since it also means everyone will lose an hour of sleep. It became a thing again during World War II, and the U.S. chose to stick with it in 1966, though Hawaii and Arizona soon got rid of it. No, seriously. The idea was thrown around and unofficially observed for years, but was officially enacted for the first time during WWI - March 19, 1918 - as a way to conserve coal.

The U.S. Department of Transportation also claims that there is less crime during daylight saving time. Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands all decline for the same reason as Hawaii: The closer you are to the equator, the less seasons impact the length of your day. People also report feeling disoriented and unproductive. It will become Daylight Standard Time - a permanent change of the clock.

Washington state senators have proposed a bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in that state, so it would be on just one time all year long.

That's the most number of states with bills on the issue since the group started tracking the topic five years ago, said Jim Reed, who has been following daylight saving bills for the conference.

"The light that you receive immediately after waking up is very good to tell your biological clock to advance", Carrier said. So say hello to daylight saving time, until our clocks fall back to standard time in November.

Polling shows fewer people find daylight saving time useful.

And if all of this seems too cumbersome or hard for you, Carrier has two simple solutions for adjusting to Daylight Saving Time this weekend.

About 70 countries around the world observe daylight saving, but many countries near the equator do not. "Furthermore, It takes most people several nights to shift their circadian rhythms and get their sleep back on track".

At least 26 states are considering legislation related to the practice of changing clocks twice a year, including the three West Coast states, according the National Conference of State Legislatures.

A woman sets her clock.

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