I am so looking forward to an extra hour of sleep this Sunday morning. If you live in Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Marianas, or the Virgin Islands, you won’t get this extra hour. But here’s the deal—you didn’t lose an hour of sleep in March either!
So, really, what’s up with this turning clocks forward and backward each year? Honestly, I’d forgotten the facts, so did I did a bit of research! Here’s the scoop.
• The US Department of Transportation oversees the nation’s time zones and the uniform observance of daylight saving time. (Who knew?)
• Under law, daylight saving time is observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. Under state law, states may choose to exempt themselves from observing daylight saving time.
• Daylight saving time was conceived as a way to conserve energy. It was first used during World War I. It was reinstated during World War II .The Uniform Time Act of 1966 created a standardized system to observe daylight saving time.
• In addition to saving energy, daylight saving time helps prevent traffic injuries and reduces crime. (Interesting!)
Well, there you have it. Sunday’s return to standard time does mean less daylight (boo hoo); yet that extra hour of sleep still has me grinning.
PS: Remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors too!