Why all the fuss over time change?

48 states will set their clocks forward on Sunday

48 states will set their clocks forward on Sunday

Having lost an hour to Daylight Saving Time when you wake up Sunday, you may be looking for ways to make "springing forward" easier.

Daylight Saving Time was invented - by none other than Benjamin Franklin - to make the best use of daylight hours.

Lawmakers in the New England states previous year considered jointly adopting year-round daylight time but critics said putting Boston and New York City in different time zones would play havoc with financial markets. The bill must still be approved by Congress and the state's governor. We should choose one (our preference is daylight saving time, but it doesn't really matter) and stick with it year-round.

Telecommute, at least for a day or so if you can, and avoid other drivers who might be feeling the effects of a lack of sleep. Everyone, for the most part, is pretty excited to fall back in October and bemoans losing an hour of sleep in March. Whatever light-bill savings DST might have been produced in the 1970s have been swamped by commuters turning down their thermostats an hour earlier at the end of hot summer days.

But more daylight after work meant more time to shop, play golf and go to baseball games.

Consider a Sunday nap of no more than an hour.


"Florida took the lead and because of that pressure the second year of daylight saving time was repealed", Prerau said. "Most of the semi-serious proposals at the federal level have been to collapse time zones to three so there is less confusion". Premier John Horgan said he was surprised about how many people in B.C. contacted him about eliminating the time change. Cliff Pirtle to get New Mexico off Daylight Saving Time.

We lose an hour of sleep, but it's a small price to pay for that extra hour of evening sunlight.

"It's harder to get the kids to sleep, harder to get them up in the morning and it puts our whole routine off", she said, noting the time change even affects her children's naptime. Daylight saving is repealed in 1919, but continues to be recognized in certain areas of the United States.

A study by Laura Grant of Claremont McKenna College and Matthew Kotchen of Yale University concluded that the switch to daylight saving time actually increased energy use.

What if a mother gives birth when the clock falls back and one twin is born at 1:55 a.m. and the next is born 10 minutes later, which reverts to 1:05 a.m?

From 1987 to 2006, the country observed yet another set of DST dates, which changed one more time in 2007, to our current March-November cycle.

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