Caution! Daylight Savings Time can make you sick (?)

The dark side of daylight saving time: Oregon researcher says beware of 'Sleepy Monday'

The dark side of daylight saving time: Oregon researcher says beware of 'Sleepy Monday'

This month marks 100 years since daylight saving time was first used in the United States, in March 1918.

Although the idea of DST was conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, it wasn't established in the United States or Europe until World War I. It has been repealed, reinstated and extended over the years and states can exempt themselves from participating. Rep. Rick Tillis, R-Lewisburg, asked the entire state become Eastern Standard Time year round.

People living in Arizona, Hawaii and the US territories get along just fine without submitting to the bullying of "springing forward" and "falling back".

Moving to Atlantic time is something that New England states including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and ME have been mulling over - and they arguably need the sunshine more than Florida does.

The Uniform Time Act of 1966 addressed that challenge by synchronizing the switch dates across the country. US and Canadian time zones were adopted in 1883 to reduce confusion at railroad terminals.

But if all is approved, Floridians - who'll set their clocks ahead one hour this Sunday when Daylight Saving Time begins - won't have to mess with it ever again. Move your clocks one hour ahead before going to bed on Saturday. Such loafing on the job following the time change suggests that people are less productive when mildly sleep deprived due to the time change. "Fast time", "slow time", daylight saving or standard. let's pick one and then get on it and stay on it. That meant driving relatively short distances could result in a time change or three. How will Floridians stay up till the end of the Oscars?

And yes, I would just as soon forget the whole thing. Just be sure to turn your clock in the right direction.

That's actually been tried before.

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Here's a full Congressional Research Service report on the history of Daylight Saving Time and the surprising number of times the USA government has considered the matter.

But it didn't last. In return, the days will be full of light longer into the evening. When he found he was oversleeping in Paris, he encouraged the French to fire off cannons at sunrise to awaken citizens so they could utilize more hours of daylight and reduce candle use.

On Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 a.m., clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 3:00 a.m. Most of these countries are in Asia and Africa.

According to, advantages include the extra hour of daylight in the afternoon for those who work later hours, exercise in the evenings or need to complete outdoor household chores such as mowing the grass, gardening or fixing windows, roofs or other parts. "We are there eight months out of the year".

Daylight Saving Time has been around for decades. Candymakers, Downing said: They calculated they would sell more candy if Halloween trick-or-treating happened in daylight.

While many people believe DST was started to aid farmers, that assumption is not historically correct. Northen areas of South America also do not use DST, while the southern areas like Brazil and Paraguay do observe the time change.

"This is a man-made creation", state Rep. Jason Isaac told the Star-Telegram.

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