PINE BELT (WDAM) - This weekend, America will "spring forward" and begin the annual practice of Daylight Saving Time.
This practice is used to save energy and make better use of daylight.
Interestingly, the United States formally adopted Daylight Saving Time in 1918, but it proved unpopular and was discontinued in 1919. It didn't return on a national level until World War II, when it was referred to as "War Time."
In 1966, Congress passed an act requiring the country to observe Daylight Saving Time, which now begins annually on the second Sunday in March and lasts until the first Sunday in November.
Today, we use DST today, mainly to:
- Make better use of natural daylight.
- Conserve energy otherwise spent on artificial light.
- Decrease traffic accidents by making sure roads are naturally lit during the hours with most traffic.
Consider this: While most of us dread losing the hour of sleep when DST begins, here are some simple ways of making it easier to handle the hour change.
- Set your alarm to wake up a little earlier than usual on the Friday and Saturday before the DST switch. This makes it easier to get out of bed on Monday morning.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Light, and especially sunlight, helps to adjust your body clock.
- Help your child adjust by changing bedtime to a little bit earlier the week before the time change.
AND, enjoy the extra hour of daylight during the warmer weather.