Here's Why We Have Daylight Saving Time to Begin With

Here's Why We Have Daylight Saving Time to Begin With

Daylight saving time begins this Sunday, March 11.

The province said it officially begins this Sunday at 2 a.m. when the time is advanced one hour.

US law was amended in 1986 and then again in 2007, adjusting daylight savings time from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

And with 48 out of 50 states doing so, you'd think there'd be a good reason why we lose that hour of sleep. Hawaii and most of Arizona remain on standard time year-round.

The patchwork of time zones upset interstate businesses, so in 1966, the Federal government published the Uniform Time Act, which is now overseen by the Department of Transportation. Hawaii and most of Arizona now don't participate in switching from standard time to daylight-saving time and back.

Never mind that one study showed that our risk of stroke increases 8 percent right after the time changes while another study revealed that our risk of heart attack increases by 25 percent the Monday after spring forward.

Most of Africa, the Middle East and Asia: While much of Europe utilizes the time change, very little of the rest of the world does. That's when you will get your lost hour of sleep back from the spring time change.

The state is now divided among the Eastern and Central time zones, with the Florida Panhandle observing Central time. Hawaii and Arizona do not take part in daylight savings time mostly because the two get ample sunlight. It was officially recognized nationally in the U.S. in 1966 with the Uniform Time Act. Daylight saving time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October.

"I've heard from mayors across the state that it's going to save them money because they don't have to light their softball fields at night", he said.

Daylight saving time begins March 11, 2018 at 2:00 A.M.

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