Daylight Saving Time takes effect at 2 a.m. this Sunday, March 10.
Everyone is reminded to set their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night, for instance, from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The hour of sleep lost will be regained when Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 3.
For those who have trouble remembering which direction to adjust their clocks there are the familiar sayings, “spring forward, fall back” or “spring ahead, fall behind.”
Daylight Saving Time is generally considered a way to make better use of available daylight during summer, when days are longer anyway.
DST can be confusing for travelers. Not all countries observe it – in fact, not all U.S. states; Arizona does not change to Daylight Saving Time. If you travel to the southern hemisphere, many countries that observe DST have it begin when ours ends and vice-versa.
The United States extended Daylight Saving Time in 2007, moving the beginning from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March, and the conclusion from the last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in November.
Many people have proposed various forms of Daylight Saving Time over the years but Benjamin Franklin is usually credited with originating the idea in 1784, but DST didn’t get serious attention until about 1900.
The U.S. used DST during part of World War I and from February 1942 to September 1945 we have continuous Daylight Saving Time, referred to as “War Time.”
Whether Daylight Saving Time is beneficial overall still draws mixed opinions.
Some say it saves energy, promotes outdoor activities, is good for health and reduces crime and accidents. Others argue it doesn’t really save energy, is psychologically disruptive and hurts sun-regulated industries such as farming.