Time to Change Clocks: Daylight Saving Time
Are you ready to Spring forward? Most of the United States will be changing their time this coming Sunday, March 11. When your local standard time is about reach 2:00 am, it will be 3:00 am. Be prepared to Change Clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
What does this mean? Why do some states change their time while others don’t? In this article, we will go over the origins of Daylight Saving Time.
In the United States, Daylight Saving Time happens the second weekend of March. All states but Hawaii and Arizona, except the protected lands of the Navajo tribe, will have to change clocks and adjust to the new time.
Most electronic devices do this automatically. However, older watches and analog clocks won’t, and you will have to remember to manually adjust the time.
How could Daylight Saving Time affect you?
It is known that changing clocks to Spring forward tends to affect sleep patterns in people. The National Sleep Foundation states that people sleep 40 minutes less due to this time change. Those who suffer from insomnia tend to struggle the most with these time changes.
To better adapt to Daylight Saving Time, start going to bed a little earlier the week prior. Try to get to bed 10, 15, and even 30 minutes earlier than your usual bedtime. This will make the process easier when March 11 arrives.
Avoid taking naps the week after changing clocks even when you’re feeling tired. Wait until bedtime and you will adjust to the new time faster.
If all else fails, you can always take melatonin tablets to help you regulate your sleep and wake cycles. Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland that acts as your natural internal clock. Normally speaking, melatonin levels rise in the evening, when there is less light, and won’t drop until the early morning hours.
How did Daylight Saving Time start?
One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, President Benjamin Franklin, came up with the idea of resetting the clocks during the Summer months to save energy.
Daylight Saving Time was used more extensively after March 21, 1918 as a way to save on electricity and take advantage of the available natural light. Later on, in 1966, DST became a federal law.
As mentioned above, there are two states who do not participate in Daylight Saving Light: Hawaii and Arizona. Additionally, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands do not lose an hour either.
When does the time “Fall back” again?
Most of the United States will keep the longer Summer hours until Sunday, November 6, 2018. It is then when we will need to change clocks again and fall back one hour.
Infinity Insurance recommends getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated during the first week of Daylight Saving Time.
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