Daylight Saving Time: Time For A Change?

Daylight Saving Time“Spring ahead, fall behind,” Do you really need it? Daylight saving time is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that evening daylight lasts longer, at the expense of sacrificing normal sunrise times. Typically, regions that use daylight saving time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time. In effect, DST causes a lost hour of sleep in the spring and an extra hour of sleep in the fall. Who likes to feel groggy instead of alert.

“You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason
why we observe daylight saving time.” — Dave Barry

Who  Doesn’t Observe Daylight Saving Time? (Besides my teenager?) Most areas of the United States observe daylight saving time (DST), the exceptions being Hawaii and Arizona and the overseas territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established the system of uniform Daylight Saving Time throughout the US.

One Hour Time Change Can Be Harmful To Your Health: “You might not think that a one hour change is a lot,” says Fred Turek, who directs the Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology at Northwestern University. “But it turns out that the master clock in our brain is pretty hard-wired, ” Turek explains. It’s synchronized to the 24-hour light/dark cycle.

Just What Is The Circadian Rhythm? Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle. They respond primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment. Sleeping at night and being awake during the day is an example of a light-related circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythms are found in most living things, including animals, plants, and many tiny microbes. The study of circadian rhythms is called chronobiology.

Scientists have documented that the shift to daylight saving time in the spring, when we lose an hour of sleep, is linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and a rise in traffic accidents.

Inspirational Quotes About Time:

  • “The trouble is, you think you have time.” Buddha
  • “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” Anonymous
  • “Time is money.” Benjamin Franklin
  • “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” Harvey Mackay
  • “There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.” Leo Christopher
  • “We all make time for what we feel is important in our lives.” Anonymous
  • “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” Jim Rohn
  • “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” William Penn
  • “The way we spend our time defines who we are.” Jonathan Estrin
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs

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