Get ready to spring forward! At 2:00 A.M. on Sunday, Americans will lose an hour of sleep, or reading, or working if they work the graveyard shift. Daylight saving time has arrived and will last until November 2, when clocks will fall back an hour.
Instead of talking about how car accidents increase and workers' compensation claims rise because of the change in time, I thought I would provide some facts about Daylight Saving Times that I pulled from a National Geographic article:
Did you know that the United States does not require all states to observe daylight saving time? Residents of Arizona (except for residents of the Navajo Indian Reservation), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands won't need to change their clocks this weekend.
Daylight Saving Time is not just a United States thing. Although most North American and European nations observe DST, most African and Asian nations do not. Russia abolished daylight saving time in 2011. Japan hasn't observed DST in over 60 years. Brazil cannot make up its mind -- only parts of the sprawling nation observe daylight saving time while other parts do not.
- Ben Franklin—of "early to bed and early to rise" fame—was apparently the first person to suggest the concept of daylight saving time. While serving as U.S. ambassador to France in Paris, Franklin wrote of being awakened at 6 a.m. and realizing, to his surprise, that the sun rose far earlier than he usually did. Imagine the resources that might be saved if he and others rose before noon and burned less midnight oil, Franklin, tongue half in cheek, wrote to a newspaper.
Germany was the first state to adopt the time changes during World War I, to reduce artificial lighting and thereby save coal for the war effort. During World War II the U.S. made daylight saving time mandatory for the whole country, as a way to save wartime resources.
In the United States, a federal law standardized the yearly start and end of daylight saving time in 1918—for the states that chose to observe it.
Studies has shown that the hours in front of the television is substantially down during daylight saving time and outdoor behaviors like jogging, walking, or going to the park are substantially increased. Why? The total amount of daylight in a given day is the same.
A 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that, at least in Sweden, the risk of having heart attack goes up in the days just after the spring time change. "
Enjoy the time change, but the personal injury attorney in me must remind you that when you are driving to and from work, the sun will be different in your eyes so pay attention and avoid car accidents.
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