Daylight saving ends this upcoming Nov. weekend, and besides that extra hour of sleep, there is in fact a reason why daylight savings time is put into place in our yearly cycle. According to the Inquisitr this Tuesday, Oct. 29, keeping up with the rising and setting of the sun is the primary basis for this fall-and-spring change, with that extra hour beginning Nov. 3 this year.
As daylight saving ends this Nov. 3, 2013, people across the U.S. wonder not only the purpose of this hour-shift change, but if it’s even useful. Despite that convenient extra hour of sleep, daylight saving time was in fact first brought into being by a founding American father, Benjamin Franklin, to help keep us citizens active. As you may have heard the old adage:
“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Remember learning that in school?”
It seems Benjamin Franklin allegedly came up with the notion of inventing daylight saving time while he served as a key U.S. ambassador in France. While waking up early in the morning, just before 6 a.m., Franklin noticed that the sun was slowly rising earlier and earlier than usual. Yet the American genius realized that with daylight being imperative to human productivity, there had to be a way to make the most of it while it was up, regardless of the shifting seasons.
“Franklin seriously realized it would be beneficial to make better use of daylight, but he didn’t really know how to implement it,” noted one author.
The practice eventually became unstated law officially in 1918, as daylight saving ends in the fall as the sun begins to rise earlier and set later. The law was soon made mandatory during WWII, in order to actually help save resources for the war effort. Since then, daylight saving time has since been made temporarily optional, and its official hours have changed time and again. Now, it is once again practiced in numerous areas around the nation.
With this information in mind, be sure to thank Mr. Franklin this weekend, knowing why you get that extra hour of sleep!