This weekend marks an ending most of us dread:
DST or Daylight Saving Time.
is “saving,” and not “savings.”
Sunday, November 1, marks the end of Daylight Saving Time, which began
in March and gave us an “extra” hour of daylight per day as the name implies.
At that time, we moved the clocks forward one hour; the goal to “spring ahead”
with the season.
Before we “fall back,” let’s take a look at
why Daylight Saving Time started in the first place…
Key Details of Daylight Saving
Benjamin Franklin is often credited with the idea of Daylight Saving Time,
as referenced in a letter he penned to the editor of the Journal of Paris in
1784. Another origin story tells that farmers devised the practice of Daylight
Saving in order to extend the day, granting themselves an extra hour of light
to work their fields.
However, according to National Geographic, “In 1895,
George Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand, came up with the modern
concept of daylight saving time. He proposed a two-hour time shift so he’d have
more after-work hours of sunshine to go bug hunting in the summer.”
Granted, bug hunting has nothing to do with
why so many states (though not all; for example, Hawaii does not)
and 70 countries embrace Daylight Saving Time. For that, we look to the larger
goals of energy conservation and the reduced reliance on electricity.
Research shows that Daylight Saving Time does
help decrease some energy consumption, but critics wonder if the savings are
worth the structure and the subsequent challenges that many feel, specifically
when the clocks fall back and we lose
an hour of light.
The effects of Daylight Saving Time can be
felt physically, typically due to sleep disruption. As Northwestern Medicine reports: “Your circadian
rhythm controls the release of your body’s hormones that affect mood, hunger
and sleep. When these rhythms shift, as they do with time change, your body
notices the difference.”
However, it seems more people report
experiencing a psychological toll, even leading to seasonal affective disorder diagnoses (SAD)
in some cases.
Ultimately, not everyone experiences these
physical or psychological struggles. Regardless, establishing a solid sleep
routine, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising on a regular basis should
be enough to offset the reported ill effects of Daylight Saving Time.
Of course, adding an extra layer of protection
with an IonLoop negative ion bracelet or magnet bracelet
is also a smart way to transition from one season to the next. With plenty of
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