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05 November 2017, 01:26 | Colleen Roy
Fall back this weekend for daylight saving time
Can you believe it's already time to set your clocks back?
Originally adopted in Europe and the U.S.to save energy during World War I, daylight saving time has always been controversial, The Washington Post noted growing research now shows switching the clocks twice a year saves little, if any, energy.
You could use daylight saving time, for example, to help reboot sleeping habits.
One pleasant benefit people enjoy of "falling back" is how it gives an extra hour of sleep. And, if you're out for the night, some bars and restaurants stay open that extra hour, which means another hour of fun, but you'll have to check with your local establishments. By comparison, The Denver Post noted research showing about 5 percent fewer heart attacks reported in America the Monday morning after clocks fall back.
Whether you're awake or asleep on Sunday Nov. 5 the clocks will hit 1:59 a.m. and then a minute later it will be 1 a.m. again.
But twice a year we are reminded that the ubiquity of this concept - originally adopted in the early part of the 20th century to harness the sunlight and warmth of longer summer days to decrease energy usage by keeping people outside longer - does not necessarily mean we have grown exhausted of interrogating its effects and usefulness.
Come Sunday, people all across the United States, with the exception of those in Hawaii and Arizona, will finally get back the hour they lost in the spring.
Earlier this week, after months of deliberation, a special commission in MA charged with determining whether the state should switch to year-round daylight saving time delivered its findings.
Prerau said he's surprised these proposals have progressed as far as they have, considering the economic powerhouse in the US northeast, neighbouring New York State, appears uninterested in the scheme. This will remain the status quo until March 11, 2018, when clocks will be readjusted once more, this time by "springing forward". Under the Uniform Time Act, as amended, states can exempt themselves from observing daylight saving time by state law, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
What's more, there is evidence to suggest daylight saving time takes a toll on TV ratings.
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