Like it or not 2 a.m. tomorrow March 13 marks the start of Daylight Saving Time so remember to turn your clocks and watches ahead an hour before going to bed. Along with losing 60-minutes, daylight will last longer and while that may sound like a good thing, the change comes with some possible serious side effects–which is one of the reasons the state of California wants to do away with the annual time change (watch the video).
According to Al.com and several other sources the changing of the clocks isn’t without peril. Some authorities say that the incidents of stroke and heart attack actually increase during first few days after the time change. Studies have shown the switch to DST results in more traffic and workplace accidents too.
According to MSN here’s what the experts suggest to make the transition to Daylight Saving Time easier:
- Re-set your clock tonight around 8 p.m. or so.
- ·Skip the snooze button. Keeping a good routine when going to bed and waking is key to an easier transition. One day a year of change isn’t enough to mess up your schedule as long as it isn’t routine.
- Be sure to get outside in the sunlight on Sunday as soon as you can. If you’re sensitive to the time change, don’t over schedule yourself the first few days. Doing too much can make those feelings of fatigue even worse.
- Be extra careful if you are driving early tomorrow morning, it will be darker than normal and people will be tired and more prone to cause accidents.
The idea to change the clocks seasonally started in the US in 1918, when it was meant to conserve energy for World War I. The idea behind it was that people tend be more active in the evenings, so the extra daylight there would mean fewer hours where people lit their houses at night. According to The Verge, after the war, farmers lobbied to get the law repealed; turns out, it’s easier to do farm work when the rest of the world is also on the sun’s schedule. In 1942, during World War II, DST was enacted again, but year-round. Afterwards, well, adoption varied.
Although DST was reintroduced by the federal government in 1966 two states, Arizona and Hawaii opted out. In 2007, a law passed by President George W. Bush expanded DST by more than a month — it now runs from March to November. Some studies suggest Daylight Saving Time actually means more energy is used, rather than less. Take, for example, this 2008 paper that looks at southern Indiana: DST actually increases electric.
For now, unless legislation gets approved otherwise in California (watch the video), we’re stuck with it, so folks don’t forget to ‘spring ahead’ tonight. Also it is Daylight Saving (no ‘s’) Time.