In case you’ve somehow forgotten about the miracle coming this weekend, I want to remind you that Daylight Savings Time ends and we get an extra hour of sleep! At 2 am on November 6th, we will revert back to Standard Time, which means it will be time to set our clocks back an hour. Yes, 2 am will then be 1 am and we can all rejoice that we don’t have to roll out of bed at the crack of dawn like the day before. Of course, a lot of us won’t have to worry about making the change at all because most of our computers and cell phones do this automatically.
So where does the ritual of Daylight Savings Time come from? It is speculated that it started with Benjamin Franklin, keeping with “early to bed and early to rise.” Since Franklin noticed that the sun was up before he was, he wondered what he could have done with the lost hour. This idea didn’t really catch on until World War I and World War II when both sides were trying to cut down on energy consumption. Their theory that taking an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon would reduce the amount of electricity that they needed. Of course, in modern times this can create the problem of people having to adjust their schedules – both sleep and otherwise. People arrive at work at the wrong time and the change may leave them drained for months.
Have you ever overslept or gotten in early to work because of the time change, Cameron Landing?
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