Spring Forward into Spring

Bunch of clocks

It’s that time of year again, when we set our clocks and welcome Spring. At 2 a.m. on Sunday March 11, 2012, many people will set their clocks ahead one hour for the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.  75 countries and territories have a location that will observe the time change, while 164 countries and territories will not observe the change at all. While this time change is most likely the one that is least favorite amongst the masses, since we “spring” forward and lose an hour of sleep.  A good way to not lose sleep from the time change is to crawl in bed an hour earlier and try to get some extra ZZZ”s.  We also gain an hour of daylight, which is refreshing, as the days get longer, allowing more time for fun!

Two people flying a kite

The invention of Daylight Savings Time was mainly credited to William Willett in 1905 when he came up with the idea of moving clocks forward in the summer to take advantage of the daylight in the mornings and the lighter evenings. His proposal suggested moving clocks 20 minutes forward each of four Sundays in April, and switching them back by the same amount on four Sundays in September.  Although it was a popular concept it never took off until it was first adopted in Germany during World War I at 11:00 pm on April 30, 1916 to replace artificial lighting so they could save fuel for the war effort.  Many more countries then followed suit, including Britain and the United States. Many countries reverted back to standard time after the War, and it wasn’t until the next World War that Daylight Savings Time would make its return to many countries in order to save vital energy resources.

person fixing a clock

Today, Daylight Savings Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. The time change will precede the first day of spring and the vernal equinox, which is set to take place at 1:14 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 20. Not a fan of Spring’s Daylight Savings Time? Don't worry… You’ll  get your normal schedule back on November 4.

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