Daylight Saving Time 2017: What to know, when to spring forward

To celebrate, clocks should spring ahead one hour on Saturday night-or at 2 a.m. Sunday, to be exact.

Daylight saving time begins early Sunday morning, March 12-meaning Sunday will measure just 23 hours instead of the full 24 hours.

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed an act into law whereby Daylight Saving Time begins on the last Sunday of April and ends on the last Sunday of October each year.

The agency boasts people tend to spend more time outside during Daylight Saving Time, meaning they tend to run household appliances and lights less during the almost 8-month period. DST was implemented roughly 100 years ago, but conceived much earlier than that.

The changeover back to standard time occurs on the first Sunday in November at 2 a.m. Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not observe daylight saving time. The Navajo Reservation surrounds the Hopi Reservation, so if on Monday you drive from Flagstaff to Gallup through Tuba City and Ganado, you'll change time on four occasions. Finally, Dr. Rudraraju explained that dinner should be eaten three to five hours before bed and caffeine should be avoided in order to prevent sleep disruptions.

"Our study suggests that sudden, even small changes in sleep could have detrimental effects", Amneet Sandhu of the University of Colorado told Reuters in 2014 after his study of MI hospital data showed a 25 percent jump in heart attacks on the Monday after daylight saving time began. That loss of one hour's sleep can have serious consequences. "Though it may be tempting to stay up an extra hour, one of the best ways to fight the effects of daylight saving time is to go to bed at your usual time".

However, there may be some benefits to the time change.

The annual "spring forward", means residents lose an hour of sleep. "I'm excited because, basically, when I get off work it's not dark and I get to enjoy more time outside with my little boy".

Am I the only one who's often confused about Daylight Saving Time?

State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, joined in on the "spring forward" chatter, posting an online survey asking: "Do you agree that we should do away with the government-forced, twice-a-year mandate making us change our lives by changing our clocks?" States could exempt from observing Daylight Saving Time only if the whole state was on board with the idea. With the sun rising an hour later, they argued they were having to wait too long to pick their produce.

  • Larry Hoffman