Time changes Sunday morning

Lawmakers in Florida are exhausted of the whole "fall back" and "spring forward" rigamarole. Cliff Pirtle to get New Mexico off Daylight Saving Time. I know the difference between daylight saving and standard time, if I think for a minute.

On Saturday, all the locations in the USA that use daylight saving time will spring forward at 2 a.m. Saturday night/Sunday morning, jumping from 2 a.m. until 3 a.m., essentially killing an hour of time.

"It has been suggested that as a society we are chronically sleep-deprived and that small additional losses of sleep may have consequences for public and individual safety", Canadian professor Stanley Coren wrote to the New England Journal of Medicine in 1996.

Come Sunday, half the clocks in my house - those that have been off by an hour since November - will display the correct time. According to Michael Downing, who wrote the book Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time, farmers opposed the time change because they needed the sun to dry the dew off crops before they could be picked and taken to market.

When I wake on Sunday at my regular time - which will depend on the pub I was drowning my DST sorrows at the night before - I will be short by one hour.

In the U.S., DST was repealed in 1919 and not reestablished until World War II. Unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii disregard that message. HA!

Cyberloafing: On the Monday after shifting to daylight saving time, employees spend more time than normal surfing the web for content unrelated to their work, according to a Penn State study.

"The current system has existed for 100 years and is working fine in 70 countries", said David Prerau, author of Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time.

But more daylight after work meant more time to shop, play golf and go to baseball games.

In 1966, Congress approved the Uniform Time Act, which included a standard requirement on daylight saving time.

Daylight saving time became so popular in the USA after World War II that it was adopted by individual cities. By late September, it would already be getting dark before 6 p.m. Some studies claim the time switch saves energy on lighting but is surpassed by usage increases for heating and air-conditioning. You can find the "expiration date" on the back of each unit.

  • Carolyn Briggs