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Spring Forward: Adjusting Your Routine for Daylight Saving Time

As we approach spring, it's time to prepare for the annual shift in daylight saving time (DST). This year, clocks spring forward by one hour at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 10th. Remember to set your clocks ahead before going to bed on Saturday night to avoid losing an hour of sleep.

While the time change may disrupt your sleep schedule for a few days, it can also offer an opportunity to enjoy longer evenings and bask in the additional sunlight.

Daylight Saving Time was first implemented on a large scale during World War I, as a way to conserve energy by maximizing daylight hours during the summer months. After the war, the practice was adopted by various countries, though its observance has varied over time.

Proponents of DST cite benefits such as increased energy use during daylight hours, potential reductions in crime, and economic gains from extended daylight for businesses. On the other had, opponents argue that the time change disrupts sleep patterns, has negative health consequences, and may not offer significant energy savings.

It's worth noting that there have been attempts to adjust its implementation in the United States. In 2007, DST was extended by one month. Although many suspected the candy, golf, or even BBQ industry was behind the change, DST was moved back to the first weekend in November. This was primarily due to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which cited potential energy savings.

Regardless of your stance on DST, preparing your routine for the time change can help minimize disruption. Consider adjusting your sleep schedule gradually in the days leading up to the change, and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning to help regulate your circadian rhythm.

With a little preparation, you can smoothly adjust your routine and make the most of the extended daylight hours brought on by spring forward.

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