Daylight-Saving Time begins this weekend (officially at 2 a.m. Sunday) with a “spring forward.” That means you “lose” an hour of sleep but it also means come Sunday night we’ll start enjoying more daylight and later sunsets. Here are four fun facts about Daylight-Saving Time.
NOT EVERYONE IS DOING IT
Daylight-Saving Time is observed in most countries around the world, but not even every American state observes the turn-back practice. Hawaii, Arizona and Puerto Rico don’t turn their clocks back. The states join other countries, including Japan and Russia, which avoid it.
WHOSE IDEA WAS IT TO MESS WITH THE CLOCKS TWICE A YEAR?
Benjamin Franklin – who was an early-riser himself – first proposed the idea as a way to make people more productive, according to the author of “Seize the Daylight.” But it wasn’t until World War I bought about an energy crisis that the practice gained steam and by 1918 federal law standardized it.
DAYLIGHT-SAVING TIME MAY BE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH
According to a study published by The New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of heart attacks increases for several days following the time switch. The study says the changes can disrupt your body’s natural rhythm, affecting sleep.
YOU SHOULD PROBABLY JUST STAY HOME IN BED ON MONDAY MORNING
A 2011 study by Johns Hopkins and Stanford universities found that traffic accidents increase the day after the change. Studies have also shown that workplace injuries jump, mostly blamed on employees’ lack of sleep the night before.