There's no such thing as "Daylight Savings Time"

Marsha Scott
March 9, 2018

They also said disrupting sleep patterns with a time change can cause problems such as tardiness, fatigue, decreased motivation and decreased alertness.

On Sunday morning, most of the country will turn their clocks forward as Daylight Saving Time begins.

While residents will lose an hour of sleep when the clocks spring forward, they will gain an hour of daylight.

It reduces crime. During Daylight Saving Time, more people are out conducting their affairs during the daylight rather than at night, when more crime occurs. If you're feeling sleepy, short afternoon naps are recommended for a few days after the time change until the body adjusts.

"We found that the effect was compounded as the week went on", says Ana Krieger, M.D., medical director of the Weill Cornell Medical College Center for Sleep Medicine and one of the study authors. "So, we'd just do away with moving the clocks".

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What states do not have daylight savings time?

States up and down the East Coast are weighing legislation to ditch the clock-switching that happens on the second Sunday in March and again on the first Sunday in November.

He pointed out that even though Daylight Saving Time means losing just one hour, it has large health consequences.

"We have a circadian rhythm [that] is coinciding with the time we eat", he explained. During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt revived the idea and instituted year-round DST, known as "War Time". American territories like Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa don't engage in DST either.

The patchwork of time zones upset interstate businesses, so in 1966, the Federal government published the Uniform Time Act, which is now overseen by the Department of Transportation. That bill enacted the first observance of the time change, March 31, 1918. Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located, permanently moved its time zone ahead an hour three years ago to give its popular beach resorts more daylight.

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