March 13- Lose an Hour of Sleep Day

Siha Park, Contributor

As March Nears, so does Daylight Savings Time. Daylight Savings is when people move their clocks forward by one hour and then moving it back later into the year. This year, Daylight Savings start on March 13.

What States Do Daylight Savings?
Not all states in America use Daylight Savings. Hawaii and parts of Arizona do not observe Daylight Savings, along with U.S. territories like Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam and others.

When do we Change our Clocks?
Every year, the day to change our clocks for DST should be different. Instead of changing our clocks on a specific numbered day, it is based off of the weeks and days of the week. The time should be changed to go one hour forward on the Second Sunday of March. This year, DST ends on November sixth, or the first Sunday of November.

The official time to change it is two in the morning. Because of that, it becomes three in the morning when we forward the clock. When we move the time back at two, it becomes one in the morning. This means that you lose one hour of sleep every Second Sunday of March and gain an extra hour of sleep on the First Sunday of November.

Why is Daylight Savings a Thing?
Benjamin Franklin presented the idea of Daylight Savings. It was a way to conserve energy. Moving time forward would let people waste lesser energy on lighting when it became dark. Although it was a brilliant idea, it didn’t officially begin until after more than 100 years later. Germany first established DST in hopes of conserving fuel during World War I. Soon after, Europe followed along with the United States. The 28th US president Woodrow Wilson wanted DST to keep going after World War I, but many farmers objected, saying they lost an hour of morning light. That was the end of Daylight savings- or so people thought, until World War II started about 20 years later.

The president at the current time, Franklin Roosevelt, re-established DST and called in “War Time.” After the War, states and towns in America were given the choice of whether or not to observe DST became chaotic. Another reason why Daylight Savings was kept was because it could conserve coal and support wartime effort.

Although Daylight Savings was found useful during the war, it is now found as an inconvenience to many people’s sleep schedule.