Daylight Saving Time is almost upon us and I’m already tired just thinking about it! On Sunday, March 13, at 2 a.m., we turn the clocks ahead and that means more hours of daylight, which I love! It’s the best feeling to leave work when it is still light out. But, it also means one less hour of sleep (sigh).
Daylight Saving Time also reminds us that St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and spring is right around the corner!
How do you feel about Daylight Saving Time? Let me know in the comment section below.
Fun Facts About Daylight Saving Time
Here are a few fun facts from aarp.org that you might find interesting:
It’s daylight saving time, not daylight savings time.
While it’s common to hear people say “daylight savings time” or just “daylight savings,” the correct term is “daylight saving time.”
It wasn’t invented by Ben Franklin.
“The biggest misconception is that it was Ben Franklin’s idea,” says Peter Geiger, editor of the Farmers’ Almanac. While Franklin is often credited with inventing the concept of daylight saving time as we know it, he merely suggested that Parisians wake up earlier to save money on lamp oil and candles in a satirical essay published in the Journal de Paris in 1784.
Daylight saving time was first practiced in Germany.
Germany implemented daylight saving time in 1916 to save fuel during World War I. The United States adopted the practice in 1918, but daylight saving time wasn’t standardized across the country until the passage of the 1966 Uniform Time Act, which gave the federal government oversight over the time change.
It’s not a worldwide (or even nationwide) phenomenon.
About 70 countries observe daylight saving time nationwide or in certain regions. Most African and Asian countries, including India, China and Japan, skip the clock change altogether. Not all U.S. states practice daylight saving time, either. Hawaii and Arizona are on permanent standard time, as are Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
It has an impact on your health.
Losing an hour of sleep each March can take a serious toll on your well-being. The shift to daylight saving time has been linked to an uptick in heart attacks, strokes, traffic fatalities and workplace injuries — and some sleep experts have called for an end to springing forward altogether.
Panel Members: If you’re not too tired from the time change, (LOL) and go shopping this weekend, please scan all of your purchases, including any you make for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday and for spring cleaning/organizing!
Mark your calendars! Another fun blog sweepstakes is coming your way on March 21st!
Have a weekend everyone!