Of the two times a year our clocks change … THIS ONE is the best!

Hands down.

Mostly because we get to sleep an extra hour …

But, HOW did Daylight Saving Time even start?!

  1. In different countries it happens at different times. So when time falls back Brazil does it the third Saturday in October, meanwhile Israel changes the clocks on the last Sunday of October. It causes some confusion for people who may have international friends and family as there is so many different time zones happening and changing!
  2. Candy Makers and BBQ makers both love the time change. More daylight in the fall means longer hours for kids to go trick or treating which means more candy to be bought! In 1986 the United States pushed the day of savings back a month and it was estimated to be worth and extra $100 million in extra sales of grills and charcoal briquettes. What?!
  3. Oddly enough Arizona and Hawaii don’t participate in changing the clocks. Hawaii says it just wouldn’t make sense in their tropical climate and as for Arizona… some love it and some hate it. People say it impacts them the most at work if they have out of state clients and trying to arrange meetings with them.
  4. There has been reports that DST has actually helped reduce crimes. Longer hours of daylight means less opportunity for robberies and break ins which lead them to decrease by 27 percent.
  5. It starts at 2AM with the hope that people won’t notice it as much. They believe starting at that time shift workers will mostly be in bed and bars will be closed so no one will get messed up and confused while on the job.
  6. It’s actually called “daylight saving time” not “Daylight Savings Time” as one might think. Most people use that extra s and capitalize it but they would be wrong, it’s lowercase and singular!
  7. Cyberloafing” otherwise known as searching the web for your own enjoyment during work hours increases significantly the first Monday after daylight saving time (in the Spring, that is), due to lack of sleep, focus, and motivation. Better hope your boss isn’t reading this right now!
  8. It’s a health hazard … even if DST was good for your energy bill, that wouldn’t negate the adverse impact it can have on human health. Numerous studies show that the extra hour of sleep we lose by springing ahead can affect us in dangerous ways. An increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and susceptibility to illness have all been linked to the time change.
Filed under: Clocks Change, Daylight Saving Time, Fall Back