This Sunday, March 13, we’ll experience Daylight Savings Time, otherwise known as “Spring forward.”
Every year, those in higher state positions continuously debate the stop of DST, because some people see more negative values than positive, but the idea has never taken on any real ground, so we continue to lose an hour of sleep for one night every spring.
According to Caludia Macias, a Sam’s Club pharmacist, that one hour can affect you for even as long as a week.
“It throws off your mental health, your alertness, and also your overall health,” said Macias. But not to fear: you can override those affects by keeping up with a healthy lifestyle, including drinking lots of water and taking multivitamins.
Daylight Savings Time in 2016
Daylight Savings in USA: 2:00 a.m.
Daylight Savings in Arizona: No Daylight Savings
Daylight Savings in Canada: 2:00 a.m.
Daylight Savings in UK: March 27, 1:00 a.m.
Daylight Savings in Brazil: February 21, 12:00 a.m.
If you won’t be up until 2 a.m. on the 13th, which is when the switch will take place, you’ll want to turn your clocks forward an hour before you head to bed on Saturday night, march 12. Luckily, since now our phones and computers do this automatically, it isn’t as hard to remember as it used to be. This officially starts the beginning of longer days, with our sunsets happening later and later on in the day. It happens as 2 a.m. because Live Science has found this to be the time of day that is the least disruptive.
After the 13th, sunrise and sunset will both be an hour earlier than before. We won’t “fall back,” or return to Standard Time until Sunday, Nov. 6.
The time change idea first came from Benjamin Franklin, who published “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” as an essay after realizing the waste it was to burn candles at night, and sleep past dawn. He thought that people were wasting the hours of natural light, and thought it would make a difference if instead time was changed and everyone got up an hour earlier.
The official daylight saving change didn’t happen until World War I, when the need for more fuel increased. It was President Lyndon Johnson who signed the Uniform Time Act in 1966. Weirdly enough, states can still opt out of the time change, and Arizona and Hawaii have chosen to.
Switching to Daylight Savings Time has been found to reduce energy use, prevent traffic accidents, decrease crime and decrease the amount of heart attacks.
It’s advised to start thinking in terms of the change beginning on Friday, March 11, so come Monday morning and the beginning of the work week, you won’t struggle as much.