TIME TO FALL BACK
Daylight Saving Time
Ends Sunday at 2AM
One more hour of sleep
One less hour of evening sunlight
WHAT TO KNOW:
- Enacted to save coal in the spring of 1918 during WWI, but made optional by Congress after the war.
- Re-established during WWII. In 1966, became law under Uniform Time Act.
- Arizona, Hawaii, & U.S. Territories such as Puerto Rico don’t follow DST.
- Since 2018, 13 states passed laws to enact year-round DST – no more “falling back.” But those laws still require Congress to sign off on them to take effect.
ALSO WORTH NOTING:
Transition to & from DST linked to several health issues, including:
- Higher heart attack & stroke risk
- Drop in success rates for IVF
- Fatigue, decreased productivity
- Worsening S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) associated w/ lack of sunshine
Most are due to *temporary* sleep deprivation & circadian rhythm changes.
Approx. 8 months of the year are in daylight saving time & 4 months are in standard time. For those who miss the evening sunlight… we go back to daylight saving time on Sunday, March 14, 2021. That’s 6 days before spring arrives.
by Jenna Lee,