It’s time to “spring forward” this weekend for Daylight Saving Time so make sure to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night as the time change will take place at 2 a.m. on Sunday.
Many smart phones will change the time automatically but watches and alarm clocks will need to be set manually.
Facts about Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time (not “savings” as many people think) was originally invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 to make better use of the daylight hours.
The decision to have the clocks change at 2 a.m. was made to minimize disruption to everyone’s day as most people would be sleeping instead of working.
Germany was the first country to start Daylight Saving Time on May 1, 1916 in the hopes it would save energy during World War I. The U.S. started time change on March 19, 1918 for fuel saving reasons.
Surprisingly, not every state participates in Daylight Saving Time like Hawaii and most of Arizona, who hasn't changed its clocks since 1968.
Time change is controversial with individuals who have sleep issues and parents who say time change is dangerous as their child walks to school in the mornings when there is minimal daylight.
Locals weigh in on time change
“From a safety point of view, it is scary for kiddos to be walking in the dark to and from school,” said Victor Sauceda, principal at Gilbert Intermediate. “Especially students who have to stay late at school for extracurricular activities. I understand that the number of students who walk is very small, but it does not take importance away. It does affect that some students can't or will not participate in these activities because of this.”
Tarleton State University student Grace Peterson said the time change affects her sleep schedule.
“It takes me a few days to get readjusted during the spring time change,” she said.
Sauceda agreed that time change affects students’ sleep schedule and that it takes a while to get students used to the new time when the clocks move forward in March every year.
“Many students are tired, and their bodies take time to get used to going to bed earlier at night,” he said.