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Spring Forward! It’s the Day Most of Us Hate!

You’ve surely seen reminders to ‘spring forward’ by turning your clocks one hour ahead before bed this evening because of Daylight Saving Time.

I’ll happy admit to having mixed feelings about Daylight Saving Time. (And yes, it’s Saving, not “Savings!” I love it in autumn when we “fall back” and get an extra hour of sleep, but I hate it at the end of winter when we have to “spring forward” and lose that hour of snoozing.

Yes, we only sacrifice that hour of slumber one day per year. And yes, we get it back later in the year.

But if you don’t sleep well to begin with, even one hour on one day leaves you feeling the impact.

AAA even pointed to a study that suggests the loss of that hour of sleep can lead to more car accidents and even heart attacks. I’m not sure that I really believe that.

But still, no one that I know looks forward to losing an hour of sleep.

Several states — California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — are working to stop changing time twice a year. Hawaii and most of Arizona already refuse to make the time change.

It’s certainly not a new idea. It turns out New Zealander George Hudson, an entomologist, came up with it in 1895. Other countries also employ the practice. In fact, Germany was the first to implement it during World War I.

The US made it “official” with the Uniform Time Act of 1966, despite the fact that it had long been in place in the country, though in a less uniform, far more chaotic system.

Daylight Saving Time technically begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday. That means that the time will switch from 1:59 a.m to 3 a.m.

Then, on Nov. 3, 2019, Daylight Saving Time ends and Daylight Standard Time begins again at 2 a.m. On that Sunday morning, when the clocks “fall back,” meaning that time will from 2:59 a.m. to 2 a.m. Hopefully, we’ll all be too busy sleeping for that extra hour to watch the clock actually change!

How do you feel about Daylight Saving Time? Would you like to see it continue or stop forever?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.