Don't Forget to Spring Ahead this Weekend

We loose an hour of sleep, but get more daylight!

March 7, 2019

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Get ready to hear lots of whining come Sunday and into next work week. You've been warned ahead of time! This weekend marks the start of Daylight Saving Time. On Sunday morning March 10th the clocks will jump forward one hour at 2 am. Yes, that means you're going to lose an entire hour of sleep! Sorry!

While I do love getting sleep, I love the thought of having more time to enjoy the nice weather that's coming because the sun out longer giving us more daylight time.

 

This year marks the 101th year of Daylight Saving Time. And yes, it is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time. 

Here are a few fun facts you may not know about Springing ahead:

1. The correct term is daylight "saving" (not savings) time. The incorrect term “daylight savings time” is commonly used, especially in Australia, Canada and the United States. It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase, according to the Associated Press stylebook.

2. There are 26 states that want to make Daylight Saving Time year round. Florida may be the first state to actually make it happen. 

3. Daylight Saving Time is good for your wallet. It's been proven that more daylight means less use of energy and a lower utility bill. 

4. DST starts at 2 am for a reason. By waiting until two in the morning to give or take an hour, the idea is that most workers with early shifts will still be in bed and most bars and restaurants will already be closed.

5. In the United States, Hawaii and Arizona do not practice daylight saving time.

6. Our health can be impacted in many ways over the lost hour of sleep. 

-There's a 25% increase in heart attacks on the Monday after DST.

-The loss of an hour of sleep can throw off our sleep patterns and also cause mood and mental health issues. 

-Teen are the ones that suffer the most during daylight saving time. A 2015 study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that teens lost significant sleep after the spring time change, and showed increased sleepiness, delayed reaction time, and more lapses in attention on subsequent days.

Again, losing an hour of sleep is a real bummer and it will take time for us all to rebound. But in the end, that extra time in the sun will be well worth it.