marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST). Starting at 2 A. M. , we move our clocks one hour ahead. It always begins the second Sunday in March when we spring ahead, and on the first Sunday of November when fall behind an hour. Though we encounter it twice a year, most people don t know much about it, other than to soak up more sunlight in spring or enjoy an extra hour of sleep in fall. For instance, many people call it Daylight Saving s Time. is actually singular. Fascinating stuff. But that\’s not all. Why not increase your knowledge of this 7 myths and facts about DST 1. Myth: America was the first country to practice Daylight Saving Time Benjamin Franklin by David Rent Etter (1835). Credit: National Parks Service. Although the idea originated with Benjamin Franklin, who believed we could if people got up consistently with the daylight, it was probably first practiced in Britain. Even so, Germany is the first recorded country to have taken up the practice starting in May 1916, as an effort to try and. The US Chamber of Commerce backed the measure and America soon followed suit.
An hour longer of daylight meant more leisure time, increasing sales of things like baseballs, barbecue accoutrements, and golf balls. 2. Fact: Not every state in the US practices DST The Arizona desert. Credit: The DigitalArtist Pixababy. For instance, sun-baked Arizona and Hawaii refuse to change their clocks. Both have considered getting off DST, but haven t scrapped the whole thing quite yet. Internationally, 70 nations practice Daylight Saving Time. But that s of all the countries in the world. China and Japan, for instance, don t practice DST. 3. Myth: America adopted Daylight Saving Time to help farmers A farmer. Credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT). The reason given is that it gave farmers more time to work in their fields. Actually, against widespread adoption. DST means an hour less in the morning to milk the cows or get harvested crops to market. What s more, some feared it would take us off of God s time. In the United States, DST was repealed and wasn t instituted nationwide permanently until 1966. 4. Fact: Daylight Saving Time can affect your health Credit: Robert Shields, US Army.
Losing or gaining an hour may not seem too big of a change. But in fact, it can jolt the body s internal body clock, causing a higher risk of. Sudden changes in circadian rhythms can affect fertility as well. A 2013 study published in the journal, found a 25% increase in the number of heart attacks occurring the day after a spring DST. Fatigue, decreased productivity, and even cluster headaches are also more common. 5. Myth: Daylight Saving Time saves energy Credit: Benita 5, Pixababy. The US Congress passed the Energy Policy Act in 2005, extending DST by another month, for a total of eight. This was the second time this occurred. The first was in 1984. They thought this action would save electricity, and so were perhaps too hasty. A 2008 US Department of Energy study found that the decrease was modest,. While a study out of the University of California-Santa Barbara found that energy use actually might increase. , after it adopted DST, found it experienced increased consumption. They believe, during the period of extra sunlight, people were running their air conditioners for longer. 6.
Fact: New York City stayed on Daylight Saving Time after World War I Credit: Kai Pilger. Pexels. Once World War II came around, the country went back on DST (President Roosevelt called it War Time ) to conserve fuel once again. It dropped off again after the war. But New York kept DST, and due to its stature as a world financial hub, other areas naturally followed suit. So a strange dichotomy was set up, where cities were following DST, while rural areas were not. At least, not until the which forced states to either adopt DST or not. The act was signed into law by then president Lyndon B. Johnson. Before that, you could take a 30 mile drive in many places in the country and pass through several different times, depending upon whether the locality adopted DST or not. 7. Fact: You re less likely to get robbed during Daylight Saving Time Credit: Tobias \”ToMar\” Maier Wikimedia Commons. That s according to a. Researchers discovered that during the fall DST, robbery fell 7%, while during the spring one, robbery fell a full 27%, as the extra hour of daylight in the evening kept would-be robbers away.
It\’s been getting lighter earlier and darker later. Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 11. At 2 a. m. , it will suddenly be 3 a. m. , so you should set your clocks forward before you go to bed. Otherwise, you\’ll be incredibly late for everything you have to do in the morning. (Unless you\’re relying on a clock that automatically updates. Thank goodness for those, right? ) Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Most American states spring forward, although Hawaii, Arizona, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, Americana Samoa and the Northern Marianas Islands don\’t do it. The reason they don\’t do daylight saving time is because the federal government doesn\’t actually mandate states observe it. Daylight saving time is also practiced in most European countries. (It\’s also not daylight savings time, daylights saving time, daylights savings time, daylight\’s saving time, daylight saving\’s time or any other iteration. It\’s not hyphenated. It\’s just daylight saving time. ) Find out more about its history Check out more Pennsylvania Life Culture news below.