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Daylight Saving Time: move clocks forward this weekend

Set Clocks Ahead on March 14, 2021
Posted at 1:20 PM, Mar 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-11 20:00:30-05

It's almost that time again to spring clocks forward for daylight saving time. On Sunday, March 14, clocks will jump an hour, starting at 2 a.m. local time.

According to Time and Date, Daylight Saving Time is meant to stretch daylight hours during the summer months.

To prepare for the time change, the co-director of the Sleep Medicine & Research Center in Chesterfield, Missouri, Dr. Shalini Paruthi, told CNN that people should:

  • Wake up and go to bed 20 minutes earlier, three days before DST
  • Get at least seven hours of sleep

Some states and territories in the United States do not observe DST, including the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, Arizona, and Hawaii. According to Time and Date, Daylight Saving Time originated in Germany on April 30, 1916. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted year-round DST in the United States.

A group of U.S. Senators from both parties have submitted a bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent throughout most of the US. Currently, DST is observed from March through November in most of the US, except for most of Arizona and Hawaii. Under the proposal, Arizona would be in the Pacific time zone all year, and Hawaii would be six hours behind the eastern time zone. The bill would also eliminate the need to change clocks twice a year.

The legislation, if approved, would give most of America additional evening daylight in the winter months, but would reduce the amount of morning sunlight during daylight standard time. Five Republican and three Democratic senators are co-sponsoring the legislation.

Fifteen states have passed bills to move to year-round daylight saving time, but the federal government would have to agree to the changes.

“The call to end the antiquated practice of clock changing is gaining momentum throughout the nation,” Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said. “Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is why the Florida legislature voted to make it permanent in 2018. I’m proud to reintroduce this bipartisan bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent, and give our nation’s families more stability throughout the year.”

“Americans’ lifestyles are very different than they were when daylight saving time began more than a century ago,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island said. “Making Daylight Saving Time permanent will end the biannual disruptions to daily life and give families more daylight hours to enjoy after work and school.”

Governments implemented daylight saving time as a measure to conserve energy. While Americans conserve some energy in the evening with more daylight, research has found that the benefit is negated by increased energy usage in the morning.

President Richard Nixon implemented year-round daylight saving time in 1974 as America was affected by an energy shortage. The act ended in 1975 as Congress established a standard practice for daylight saving time, allowing for winter mornings to have more daylight, so more people could go to work and school in the daylight.