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Daylight Saving Time: The myths and the truths

10 March, 2019, 22:40 | Author: Taylor George
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One study showed losing that hour of sleep leads to a 25% increase in heart attacks.

"In fact, there are more negative side effects from changing clocks than benefits".

How can I say that? Missouri's House passed a bill that would make a change only if 19 other states also do so. The other issue is whether we need to favor the evening over the morning when trying to distribute our sunlight - not just during spring and summer and early fall but throughout the year. It ends the first Sunday in November, when we "fall back". Given what appear like hourly scandals in Washington that seem to suck up all the oxygen, I've chosen to focus my attention on the states.

The Germans began following DST in May 1916, with the goal of conserving fuel during World War I. The rest of Europe followed suit soon after, and the United States officially adopted daylight saving time in 1918. Arizona and Hawaii don't observe DST, and neither do U.S. territories like Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa. It's being republished for daylight saving time on March 10.

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The time difference between Alaska and Turkey has decreased to 11 hours from 12, while it will be set back from 14 to 13 hours in Hawaii.

Getting up an hour earlier than expected is rough, but here are some tips to survive Daylight Saving Time (DST). After hearing that politicians in California, Washington and OR are all considering doing away with the twice-a-year time change, Premier John Horgan wrote their governors this past week to broach the idea of acting in concert with British Columbia. However, things get far more complicated within the state, as the Navajo Nation, which covers part of northeastern Arizona, does observe Daylight Saving Time, and the Hopi Reservation, which is surrounded entirely by the Navajo Nation, does not. No one's ever quite ready for it, though springing forward tends to go a bit more smoothly than falling backward. That's why many lawmakers are calling for change - only if neighboring states do so as well.

Daylight saving time is fast approaching, which means it's nearly time to set your clocks an hour ahead on Sunday morning and prepare for longer days. "Since most fatal fires occur at night, it's essential that every home has working smoke alarms to provide an early warning". So, during a legislative hearing and in conversations afterward, I essentially brokered a compromise where CT would change only when MA and NY do so as well.

A 2008 Department of Energy study reported that daylight saving time reduces annual energy use by about 0.03%. It's hard to imagine that the task force will result in findings that drastically differ from the MA study. It's basically a little reward for surviving a long, dark winter, though it's not technically spring for another 11 days after Daylight Saving Time kicks off.



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