Why Daylight Saving Time Starts Sunday

Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday. Dan Gleiter

Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday. Dan Gleiter

Daylight saving time - that's right, no "s" at the end of "saving" - begins Sunday, ending standard time.

But don't worry. There are some things you can do to get back on track faster. Even so, aside from the initial disruption of sleep patterns, complaints about DST being useless or outdated tend to disappear within the first week of the time change.

Perhaps the most common and noticeable way the loss of sleep affects people is through changes in mood and productivity. "Light exposure is the single most efficient entrained for our circadian rhythm, and so, getting that light exposure sends the signal to turn off our melatonin release and helps us awaken".

Sleep disruptions can also affect memory, performance and concentration levels. (Interestingly, Navajo lands in Arizona do observe daylight saving time.) Hawaii also refrains, because it is so far south it doesn't really have all that much of an effect anyway.

Additionally, sleep deprivation can lead to more workplace injuries and vehicle crashes. In fact, several attempts have been made in the past to change Daylight Saving Time for Arkansas. Even more worrisome, the injuries were more severe, leading to a 68 percent increase in the number of days of work missed. Sunrises this week have been around 6:45 a.m.; that will move an hour ahead.

The yearly ritual comes as some lawmakers continue to push for making daylight saving time permanent. In that scenario, Alaska would be two hours off of Washington's proposed Mountain Time all year.

After Indiana adopted daylight saving time statewide in 2006, researchers examined power usage statistics and found that electricity consumption there rose 1% overall, with a 2% to 4% increase in the fall months.

The poll suggested 35 per cent of British Columbians believe the time shift has a negative effect, with many saying it impacts their sleep. It's time to spring forward.

"Plan ahead. Allow time to adjust". Others say Benjamin Franklin invented DST in 1784, but his suggestion wasn't to change the clocks, it was to get people out of bed earlier-and he was joking.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, clocks will move forward one hour.

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