Daylight Saving: Time To Spring Forward

Daylight Saving: Time To Spring Forward

Daylight Saving: Time To Spring Forward

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March 9 2012 3:36 PM

Daylight Saving: Time To Spring Forward

Time again to begrudgingly give up an hour of sleep on Sunday.

Why in the world do we do this? Blame the Germans, who started the trend of daylight saving time during World War I to conserve coal. But the idea is much older—ancient Romans used a water clock that varied at different times of year depending on the season and available light.

People adjust fairly easy when travelling time zones, but experts say daylight saving time can be more difficult, because it works against our internal body clocks and how we react to more or less light during seasonal changes. 


There are some things we can do to minimize this man-made disruption, like getting some early morning sunrays on Saturday and Sunday, avoiding evening sunlight on Sunday and Monday, and taking a low-dose of melatonin over the weekend.

We could even push our bed times up by 10 to 15 minutes this weekend ahead of Sunday morning. Earlier bedtimes during the weekend? Good luck with that, everybody.