Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Daylight-saving time to see clocks set 1-hour ahead

Graphic to be used as a reminder to turn clocks forward one hour 1c x 1 1/4 inches 46.5 mm x 31 Graphic to be used as a reminder to turn clocks forward one hour 1c x 1 1/4 inches 46.5 mm x 31
Leonard Rios | 10 March, 2019, 09:42

Daylight saving time is fast approaching, which means it's nearly time to set your clocks an hour ahead on Sunday morning and prepare for longer days.

"There's more strokes, heart attacks that are associated with moving the clocks back and forth", Lucido said. Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands all decline for the same reason as Hawaii: The closer you are to the equator, the less seasons impact the length of your day.

The idea of daylight saving traces its roots to Benjamin Franklin, who in 1784 penned a tongue-and-cheek essay proposing a time shift as a way to reduce candle use.

The clock changes can also raise the risk of accidents by sleep-deprived motorists.

Premier John Horgan has said more people ask him about abolishing the time change than they do on any other issue. Daylight Saving Time was enacted in the U.S.in 1918 as a way of conserving energy to support the military and the war effort.

About 70 countries around the world observe daylight saving, but many countries near the equator do not.

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Efforts to kill off daylight saving time are almost as old as the time shift itself, and even today, some are trying to get it repealed. It became a cultural conflict between agrarian and metropolitan interests, said Michael Downing, an English professor at Tufts University and author of "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time".

"In a population that is already chronically sleep deprived, even if one hour doesn't seem to be a lot of sleep deprivation, when it's on the top of a chronic sleep debt, people will feel it quite a bit". Challengers also doubt that we save any energy, or if we do it is negligible. Two things are required before Californians can do away with daylight saving time altogether: a bill to pass the state Legislature and to obtain federal authorization through a majority vote in Congress, according to Annie Pham, a member of Chu's staff. That doesn't mean another won't be introduced later. It's been modified several times, including year-round "War Time" during WWII.

Not everyone wants to get rid of the practice.

This weekend people across the United States will lose an hour of sleep when the clocks jump forward an hour for daylight saving time.

It is also recommended to change the batteries in any smoke or carbon detectors whenever we set our clock back forth every six months.

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