Turn back those clocks this weekend

Published 7:00 am Saturday, November 1, 2014

This Saturday night don’t forget to drop your clocks back an hour before bed as part of daylight savings time.
That’s right, it’s time to fall back an hour, part of a twice a year effort to save energy established as a universal practice in this country in 1966.
While I am advising you to set your clocks before bed, the official time to do so is not until 2 a.m. Sunday.
But no one wants to wake in the middle of the night to change clocks.
On a side note, your cell phone and computer will adjust themselves automatically because they set their time off of the cell towers and Internet respectively.
Each fall I revel in the thought of an extra hour of sleep, but each spring I cringe at the thought of losing that hour all over again.
The practice was initiated as a way to conserve electricity. But today, there are two states who opt out, Arizona and Hawaii.
With the thought of two states, and many of our territories, doing fine without daylight savings time, do we really even need the practice anymore?
The thing is, most of the rest of the world has no use for this practice either.
In fact America and a large portion of Europe are the majority of countries that practice daylight savings time, with some other countries or parts of countries sprinkled in.
With a vast majority of the world finding no use for adjusting their clocks bi-annually, why do we continue?
Anyone who has traveled trough a time zone knows how the human body becomes accustomed to the patterns of night and day.
Adjusting the time by an hour may not seem like a lot, but it has an affect, negatively.
So while we get an extra hour this weekend, come spring that hour will be taken away again.

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