Clock Talk: The Story Behind Daylight Saving Time


Hawaii chose to abandon Daylight Saving Time in 1967, as its location makes the practice rather unnecessary, considering the sun rises and sets at almost the same time throughout the year.

Daylight saving time sets in at 2 a.m. Sunday, so that means we all lose an hour of sleep while gaining an extra hour of evening sunlight as we "spring forward". Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located, permanently moved its time zone ahead an hour three years ago to give its popular beach resorts more daylight.

Also, as you may recall, California voters passed Prop 7 in November for Permanent Daylight Saving Time. Most people blame Ben Franklin for inventing daylight saving time, but it was actually a New Zealand entomologist named George Hudson who officially came up with the concept in 1895.

You'll need to go to bed an hour early Saturday night if you want to keep getting your beauty sleep.

According to Insider Health, Daylight Saving Time has been linked to sleep deprivation, decreased mental health, increased suicide rates, increased cardiovascular conditions, and increases in vehicle accidents and workplace injuries.

Daylight saving time wasn't introduced until Germany implemented it during World War I. The Germans thought having more daylight hours would help conserve energy. The U.S. followed suit during World Wars I and II.

To understand both sides of the issue, it's best to start at the beginning, with the origins of Daylight Saving Time. It is also meant to save energy-longer days, in theory at least, translates to less electricity used.

The U.S. Department of Transportation also claims that there is less crime during daylight saving time.

It's possible more states will join Hawaii and Arizona in opting out of the Uniform Time Act. Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands all decline for the same reason as Hawaii: The closer you are to the equator, the less seasons impact the length of your day.

From energy use to our very health, here's a look at some of the mythology and facts surrounding DST. In Alberta, a MLA proposed to ditch the time change in a private member's bill, which was ultimately rejected in 2017.