Many will gain an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning thanks to Daylight Saving Time. As it gets colder in many parts of the United States as opposed to long and sunny days people had grown accustomed to; they will now experience long and cold nights. After Sunday, November 3 at 2 a.m. when Daylight Saving Time ends the sun won’t begin to brighten our days until closer to 7:30 a.m.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) is set to end in just a few hours and as the clocks “fall back” one hour we will now have an extra hour of sun in the mornings but a few extra hours of darkness in the evening.
Daylight Saving Time began during World War II in an effort to save resources; the U.S. decided to make it mandatory for the entire country. The concept was initially introduced in 1895 by entomologist George Vernon Hudson. He thought it would be a means to extend daylight hours during the summer.
It was actually adopted as an energy-saving measure and called “War Time” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This new “law” was enforced 40 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At that time it was observed year round. Now, it has become optional for states and even though most of the country has retained their observance of DST there are a couple of states, such as Arizona and California, which do not.
The easiest way to remember which way the time adjusts between seasons is the simple mantra, spring forward in March or Spring and fall back in Fall which usually occurs in October but in this case November. So, you’ll actually gain the hour back of sleep you lost in March when the clocks moved forward.
For people who use smartphones, tablets, personal computers or other electronic devices they won’t have to worry about adjusting the time on those electronics because they should do it automatically. Even though I’m sure there has to be someone who doesn’t have any of those electronic devices; during this day that we live in it’s hard to imagine. For those who do have items that need to be adjusted manually they should probably do so before turning in for the night on Saturday; especially if it’s an alarm clock.
In actuality, there are only 23 hours in the day after March when everyone “springs ahead.” Then when most of the country “falls back” in November there will be 25 hours in the day.
Although as many return to Standard Time will be grateful for the additional hour of sleep they will gain most may never feel it. According to the experts it won’t be enough to help anyone that is truly deficient of sleep because of their hectic lifestyle. It will take much more than an hour to rectify that.
The amount of sleep necessary for optimum daytime performance and good health varies according to the person’s age. Adults really require, even though many don’t achieve it, seven to eight hours each night; Teens should get at least nine hours of sleep; children who are school-age should aim for 10 to 11 hours and preschoolers need anywhere from 11 to 13 hours of sleep a night.
When the recommended sleep hours aren’t achieved it can adversely affect attention levels and the victim’s mood. Over the long run if it continues and turns into chronic sleep deprivation it can ultimately result in increased stress, decreased productivity, and potential health problems.
This Sunday morning many will gain an extra hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Saving Time. Use this extra hour of sleep wisely and try to get closer to the recommended amount of sleep necessary to have a product day.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)