Daylight Savings: 9 upsides to losing an hour of sleep

10 March, 2019, 22:37 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Graphic to be used as a reminder to turn clocks forward one hour 1c x 1 1/4 inches 46.5 mm x 31

Author Michael Downing wrote in his book Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time about how this practice spread haphazardly, and the nearly comical political debates that have taken place to keep the tradition going.

The clocks jump forward an hour Sunday morning local time for Daylight Saving Time. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) introduced matching legislation in the House.

State lawmakers in ME are considering a similar change, as well as possibly moving the state to the Atlantic Time Zone.

The Sunshine Protection Act claims extra light in the evening would decrease robberies by more than 25%. The clocks change again on Sunday, November 3, so you have something to look forward to/dread again.

The bill is in committee in the state capitol.

So, don't get excited about a historic change just yet. Mornings will now be darker.

While it was officially adopted in the U.S.as part of the Uniform Time Act of 1966, the law did not require that all states comply.

Senator Marco Rubio filed a bill to make it permanent nationwide.

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- Others: Montana and New Hampshire have passed bills that later failed in the other chamber of their state legislature.

"I guess it's all depending on how fast the people on Capitol Hill can move on this issue". Most adults need roughly seven to nine hours of sleep, but everyone's "magic number" that makes them feel well-rested varies.

Business interests have long supported the later daylight, he said. "When you change your clocks this weekend, Waterloo Fire Rescue wants everyone to change the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms".

States and territories are allowed to individually opt out of observing Daylight Saving Time.

And some research has even linked daylight saving time to certain heart problems, particularly for those who already are vulnerable. It's time to spring forward.

Standard time returns November 3, unless Congress acts on Florida's request before then. It is awaiting a vote in the Senate, which it will need to get by Wednesday to stay alive.

Clocks will spring ahead an hour tonight as Daylight Saving Time begins, but other than adjusting your clocks you should also take this possibly life-saving action.

Critics say DST is an artifact of a different era. In fact, a recent study in Alberta found that it actually has the opposite effect, increasing energy use. Lighting is far more efficient now, he said.

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