As you are probably aware, on the 2nd Sunday in March at 2:00 in the morning, the time will change to daylight savings time. Most of us across the country follow the calendar and change our clocks every spring, but do we know why? Here is a little background information on the reason for losing an hour of sleep this weekend…
Benjamin Franklin was the first to come up with the idea of daylight savings time. However, it wasn’t until 1907, when William Willett wrote about the “Waste of Daylight” that it got serious attention. In his writings, Willett suggested setting the clocks forward by 20 minutes each Sunday in April (and then setting them back by 20 minutes each Sunday in September). This idea was not put into practice until 1916 after Willet’s passing. The changing of the clocks by 80 minutes separated in 4 different increments was met with much opposition. However, the benefits of extra daylight were recognized and after WW1, it was decided that the time change should happen at 1 time in the spring and 1 time in the fall rather than over a period of a month. The one time seasonal change would be an hour rather than 80 minutes.
The main reason that daylight savings time is used across the world is to allow people to have more daylight hours. More time before dark in the evenings gives everyone more time to enjoy outdoors. It seems to add time to the length of the day to complete those outdoor chores, spend time playing outside with the kids, or just enjoying an evening on the front porch.
It has also been studied and proven that daylight savings time cuts back on energy usage. Since there is more natural light during waking hours, there is less need for use of artificial light in the homes.
Other research showed that longer days resulted in fewer traffic accidents. The longer daylight hours cut back on the number of accidents and fatalities according to the study.
There are other benefits to the change in time. However, these few reasons are enough to make most Americans satisfied with the change even if it means a little less sleep one night out of the year. Just wait, you will get it back in the fall!
Other Useful Information
- The closer you are to the equator, the less change you see in daylight hours. Thus, daylight savings time doesn’t effect these areas very much if at all.
- The closer you are to the North/South Poles, the more of a change you see during Daylight Savings Time.
- Work productivity is said to decrease the days following the time change due to a lack of sleep and being off schedule.
- Some areas in the United States and across the world do not follow daylight savings time.
- Not all parts of the world change time on the same dates. Here in the U.S., we spring forward on the 2nd Sunday of March and fall back on the first Sunday of November.
While some are still in opposition of the changing time, it is how the majority of our country currently operates. Let’s make the most of our extra hour of daylight in the evenings! Before we know it, we will be falling back an hour.
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