Daylight Saving Time: Don’t forget to spring forward

Hugh Fox
March 10, 2019

From energy use to our very health, here's a look at some of the mythology and facts surrounding DST.

Germany is credited with enacting the first daylight saving time policy in 1916 to save energy during World War I, according to Time magazine.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to hold true.

The study, commissioned by BC Hydro finds the majority of British Columbians don't even know why Daylight Saving Time exists.

Supporters point to a study showing an increased risk of vehicle accidents and heart attacks following the spring change, due to the loss of an hour's sleep.

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Waterloo Fire Rescue is suggesting residents replace the old batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks. They also spend more money, which is good for the economy. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 1996 reporting an 8% increase in traffic accidents on the Monday following the spring shift.

Your regular sleep pattern can be affected for five to seven days after changing the clock.

The Automobile Club of Southern California also warned drivers to be on the lookout for school children and other pedestrians, since it will be dark for an hour longer in the mornings.

Another study published in 2014 found that the time change was also associated with higher short-term risk of heart attack.

Today, about 70 countries observe daylight saving time. One could be more productive, he argued, if they woke up earlier.

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And if all of this seems too cumbersome or hard for you, Carrier has two simple solutions for adjusting to Daylight Saving Time this weekend.

Two bills are working through the state capitol that would keep Tennessee in Daylight Saving Time your-round. That's down from 37% in 2013 and 45% the year before.

Your evening commute will get brighter.


Thousands of people have signed a petition sponsored by the DST-hating website

According to Marketplace, the premise of Daylight Saving Time totally backfired from the get-go, and people just use more energy later in the day, but the US has been stuck with the whole spring forward, fall back, thing ever since. Remember, it's "spring forward, fall back", baby. On average, Americans lose 40 minutes of sleep when we set the clocks ahead in the spring.

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