This Sunday, March 11, at 2am, daylight saving kicks into effect. Clocks spring forward one hour to 3am.
Every year around this time, the debate as to whether or not daylight saving is a good thing gets revived. However, this debate is not discussed as much in November since we get an extra hour of sleep then.
Most are familiar with the history of “spring forward, fall back.” In the US, DST was first observed in 1918, starting March 31, when the Standard Time Act was established. Since then, there have been numerous changes and adjustments to DST.
The most recent change came in 2007, when DST was moved to the second Sunday of March. Previously, we only sprung forward on the first Sunday of April.
The two states that do not observe DST is Hawaii (there isn’t a big variation in daylight length all year) and Arizona (it gets so hot in the summer, it’s better for residents to have more cool hours in the night).
If you’re searching for a silver-lining to losing an hour of sleep, it is believed that DST helps reduce crime. Criminal activity such as assault and theft are much more likely to occur under the cover of the evening darkness, so DST cuts down the available hours for criminal opportunities.
If you’re determined to be unhappy about the time change, some studies say you’re more likely to have a heart attack on the Monday after losing an hour of sleep.