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Time to ‘spring forward’ this weekend

Posted: March 7, 2013 2:19 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2013 2:19 p.m.

This weekend it’s time to “spring forward” again, a yearly ritual that may seem to come earlier every year.

But since 2007 — when Congress extended daylight saving time a month earlier — the time change has begun during the winter on the second Sunday in March, defying some outdated definitions of the term as “summer time.”

The prevailing wisdom is that daylight saving time saves energy, but according to an article in Scientific American, such is no longer the case.

In fact, a movement is afoot in the United States to eliminate the time change all together.

Others are less ambitious, calling for it to be switched from 2 a.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Saturday, providing an extra 24 hours for adjusting to the clock change before heading to work Monday morning — very possibly in the dark.

But for now — unless you live in Hawaii or Arizona, which ignore daylight saving time — you should set you clocks forward an hour this weekend. The hour of 2 a.m. Sunday becomes 3 a.m., and you lose an hour of sleep.

Sleepy's, a bedding company, has started a petition to urge lawmakers to change the day daylight saving time goes into effect from a Sunday to a Saturday, so there's an extra day for workers to adjust to the time change.

Those interested in viewing or signing the petition can do so here.




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