September 27, 2020

Daylight Saving Ends This Weekend: Separating The Facts From The Myths

Don’t forget, it’s almost time to turn your clocks back this weekend.

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Exactly what is Daylight Saving Time?

According to calendarpedia “Daylight Saving Time is the practice of moving the clock forward by one hour at the beginning of Spring and moving it back one hour in Fall.

The aim is to make use of daylight longer into the evening by starting daylight an hour later in the morning.”

Many people, myself included, seem to have a love/hate relationship when it comes to this practice of“springing forward, and falling back” twice a year.

It seems just as I’m finally adjusting to the time change, it’s time for another; and now to add to the confusion of this changing time, there seems to be some discrepancies about what I thought were facts but are actually myths.

Daylight Saving Time Myths and Fun Facts…

 Myth: America was the first country to practice Daylight Saving Time. Even thought the idea originated with Benjamin Franklin (thinking we could conserve candles by consistently rising with daylight), it appears that Britain probably was the first to put this into practice, but actually Germany was the first recorded country to take up the practice in May 1916 in an effort to save fuel during World War 1.

Myth: Daylight Saving Time was meant to help the farmers. You may have heard that Daylight Saving Time was developed because it helped the farmers, when in reality the farmers were not at all in favor of this change. They felt that losing one hour of morning light everyday meant they had to work harder to rush their crops to market, and it also appears that the cows adjusted poorly to their new schedule change.

Myth: The extra daylight makes us happier and healthier. It may not seem like losing or gaining one hour should be that much of a change, but there is medical research which has shown that changing the time may “jolt the body’s internal body clock, causing a higher risk of sleep disorders” as well possibly contributing to other health issues.”

I don’t think you could find too many people who would object to getting and extra hour of sleep, but I tend to agree with the Guardian’s report when they stated it’s “Joyous, of course, unless you are a parent of small children, own pets, are working a night-shift over the weekend, or don’t like the trade off of earlier sunsets for a bit more morning light.”

Be sure to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday, November 4th at 2 a.m. 

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