What to know about daylight saving time

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Time change for 2024 daylight saving happened.

Today, on March 10, 2024, daylight saving time begins in many parts of North America. This means that our clocks “spring forward,” giving us longer days ahead. But what exactly is daylight saving time, and why does it matter?

Daylight saving time is a practice where we move our clocks forward by one hour in the spring and back by one hour in the fall. This shift aims to make better use of daylight during the longer days of spring and summer. Instead of having sunlight in the early morning when many people are still asleep, daylight saving time moves an hour of sunlight from the morning to the evenings, giving us more daylight during our active hours.

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The idea behind daylight saving time is to save energy and make better use of natural light. However, not everyone agrees on its benefits. Some argue that it disrupts sleep schedules and biological clocks, leading to negative effects on physical health. Sleep experts often favor standard time over daylight saving time for this reason.

In the United States, the history of daylight saving time dates back to 1918 when it was first adopted. Currently, daylight saving time lasts for eight months, starting in March and ending in November. However, there have been ongoing debates about its continuation.

Senators Marco Rubio and Ed Markey are among those pushing for permanent daylight saving time, while others advocate for its end. The Sunshine Protection Act, which aimed to make daylight saving time permanent starting in spring 2023, faced challenges in Congress and did not pass the House of Representatives.

Interestingly, not all states in the U.S. observe daylight saving time. Some have chosen to opt-out, while others are considering their own legislation regarding the practice. This diversity in approaches highlights the ongoing debate and uncertainty surrounding daylight saving time.

As we adjust our clocks today, it’s essential to understand the implications of daylight saving time on our daily lives. Whether it’s advocating for its continuation, pushing for its end, or simply adjusting our schedules, the conversation around daylight saving time continues to evolve.

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