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When Did Daylight Savings Time Begin?
In 1966 the Us Congress passed The Uniform Time Act of 1966 standardized time zones and daylight saving practices around the United States.
How this has affected people seems to be a topic of controversy but for many it is a sore subject.
It seems to me that everyone I speak to would rather the time be left alone and use the time for the Spring forward event year round!
This year, Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, March 14
An interesting fact from History.com, “The 1918 Standard Time Act was meant to be in effect for only seven months of the year—and was discontinued nationally after the war. But individual states continued to turn clocks ahead one hour in spring and back one hour in fall. “
Daylight savings time lasts for 8 months out of the year and ends on Nov 7th, 2021. At this time you will set your clocks forward one hour! This of course, means longer days of darkness!
Can it be changed?
Many, and I mean many people hate this time set! Why it is still in effect?
The actual states have the power to change this if they want to! As of this writing, Arizona and Hawaii are two states that have opted out and use the same time year round. They do not observe the time change
Some states have lawmakers who are trying to get the time change bill killed and keep the daylight savings time year round. I for one hope they succeed!
Georgia, California and Washington State have voted to use daylight Savings Time but Federal laws would have to change before they would go into effect.
How does it affect people?
When we spring forward in March, it takes a toll on many people as they lose that last hour of precious sleep in the mornings when most folks are sleeping the soundest!
An article on the National Institute of Health specifies, “An abundance of accumulated evidence indicates that the acute transition from standard time to daylight saving time incurs significant public health and safety risks, including increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events, mood disorders, and motor vehicle crashes.”
The best way physicians recommend to deal with this time change, begin changing your sleeping habits a month prior to the change. Maybe doing this by half hour increments untie the time change actually occurs.
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