Ever feel like you need an extra hour? Well, get ready. Next week is time for Daylight Saving Time. You will probably be asleep (unless you work third shift somewhere like my brother-in-law.) Except for the act of changing the time on clocks all over the house, you probably won’t even think much about it.
Who came up with this idea? Many people credit Benjamin Franklin with the invention, but that is not true. He spoke of changing sleep patterns and NOT changing time clocks. The idea of Daylight Saving Time was first originated by an Englishman in 1905 and enacted by Germany in WWI. The US adopted this practice for a short time in WWI and then again in WWII for the war – not to benefit farmers, as many people believe.
Is it worth it? Congress sited benefits of the time change to allow people more time to enjoy the outdoors during the daylight hours. They also cited reasons to promote less crime, energy savings, and provide more peak shopping daylight hours which could increase revenue at local stores.
But, other sources indicate that during periods just after the time change the incidence of workplace accidents, traffic accidents, and heart attacks actually increase. And, some people actually incur more sleep loss trying to adjust to the new schedule for their bodies. It is also suggested that households should change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
In some ways, the time change just seems like another hassle. In our already busy society where every hour is crammed with activity and “to do” lists, does one hour really make much of a difference? Probably not...but, perhaps it could.