Daylight Saving Time Begins

Come March 11Th 2012 and the clocks in European nations will be pushed forward one-hour under the effect of Daylights Saving. While for some this may seem to be exciting but for others this may mean losing an hour of sleep since it’s difficult to adjust to the lost hour of sleep in the spring than to the gained hour of sleep in the fall. Daylight saving time (DST), also known as summer time in European official terminology, is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. Though mentioned by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, the modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and it was first implemented during the First World War.

In a typical case where a one-hour shift occurs at 02:00 local time, in spring the clock jumps forward from the last moment of 01:59 standard time to 03:00 DST and that day has 23 hours, whereas in autumn the clock jumps backward from the last moment of 01:59 DST to 01:00 standard time, repeating that hour, and that day has 25 hours. Adding daylight to evenings benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but can cause problems for evening entertainment and other occupations tied to the sun and its effect on health is clear. Although an early goal of DST was to reduce evening usage of incandescent lighting, formerly a primary use of electricity, modern heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly, and research about how DST currently affects energy use is limited or contradictory.

DST clock shifts also present other challenges. They complicate timekeeping, and can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, recordkeeping, medical devices, heavy equipment, and sleep patterns. Software can often adjust computer clocks automatically, but this can be limited and error-prone, particularly when DST protocols are changed. However, to deal with the loss of an hour of sleep you should stick to your normal routine of sleeping and waking up, normal eating and nap times, encourage energy and feel awake by exposing yourself and your family to the sunlight and even if you feel fine you should drive carefully to work Monday morning since your internal clock may be off. This will surely help you to adjust and remain healthy.

Daylight Saving Time Begins
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