It’s that time of year again. It case you missed it, you are an hour behind. Daylight saving time began this morning at 2am, which, for me, is the first sign that summer is finally on its way! Do you know why we do this every year?
Here are some fun facts about daylight saving time:
- It was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.
- It was originally put into law in 1918, but is now optional for the States to decide whether they will use it or not.
- Hawaii and Arizona don’t practice daylight saving time.
- In Western Europe, it’s called Summer Time, and it starts the last week in March and ends the last week in October (different than the U.S.).
- Daylight savings in the Southern Hemisphere is opposite of the Northern Hemisphere. It begins between Sept.-Nov. and ends between March-April.
I personally enjoy the longer days and extra sunlight. Why waste precious sunlight when you are sleeping? However, I’m not a big fan of losing an hour; it always takes a few days for my biological clock to adjust.
A few tips for getting used to the time change:
- Make sure all of your clocks have been changed
- Don’t think in terms of the previous time.
- Try to get ready for bed earlier the first few nights, so it’s easier to fall asleep at your new bed time.
- Take advantage of the extra sunlight by taking an evening walk or eating dinner outside (weather permitting of course).
- Conserve energy. Open up the curtains and shades so you don’t need to turn lights on until later.
How do you cope with losing an hour?
To a happy, healthy, productive life!
Photo Credit: Adil Harchaoui