It’s time to fall back: 5 fun (and not so fun) facts about DST
As daylight saving time comes to an end and we prepare to set our clocks back an hour, we thought it would be fun to take a look at a few interesting facts about the odd practice.
At 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, the majority of the United States will turn their clocks back one hour. Since this gives us an extra hour of sleep, most people don’t mind “fall back.” But has the practice of changing our clock twice a year lost its true meaning?
You decide. Here are five fun (and not so fun) facts about daylight saving time:
- The official name is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time – with an “s” – as most often searched on Google. In some countries, it’s call “Summer Time.”
- Researchers have found that Daylight Saving Time can have adverse effects on your health. For instance, the time change impact sleep patterns, resulting in the loss of sleep. This may be tied to an increased risk ischemic stroke.
- While several other countries have adopted Daylight Saving Time, two states, Hawaii and Arizona, still do not observe it, which creates confusion among tourists and businesspeople. The U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam also do not observe Daylight Saving Time.
- While Daylight Saving Time was first implemented in the U.S. during WWI as a means of saving fuel and conserving energy, the idea was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. After the war, the program was ignored until WWII when it was again enforced and has remained enforced to this day.
- There is no need to countries near the equator to observe Daylight Saving Time because the daylight hours there do not vary with the seasons. While there is no Daylight Saving Time in Antarctica, research stations there use the system to stay in sync with supply stations in New Zealand and Chile.