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Daylight Saving Time 2014: Know when, why to 'spring forward'

Are you prepared to spring forward this Sunday?
Are you prepared to spring forward this Sunday?

Daylight Saving Time is something that people either look forward to or anticipate with complete dread. Unfortunately, this weekend is the one of the two times in 2014 when Daylight Saving Time will not be welcomed. As the Baltimore Sun reported on Friday, March 7, 2014, you've got to always know when and why to set your clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time 2014.

On Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 2:00 a.m., it will be time to "spring forward." If you don't believe you'll be awake at that time of night, it is best to move all your clocks forward an hour before going to bed.

Chances are that a large number of people won't be awake at that time on Sunday night because they'll have to be at work on Monday morning.

It won't be time to "fall back" until Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

Daylight Saving Time is such a strange occurrence with some people because it always appears to affect everyone. A lot of people act as if losing that one hour of sleep has made their whole Monday the worst day in history.

"It's an interesting paradox, because traveling one time zone east or west is very easy for anyone to adapt to," said Dr. Alfred Lewy, director of Oregon Health and Science University's Sleep and Mood Disorders Laboratory in Portland. "But in daylight saving time, the new light-dark cycle is perversely working against the body clock. We're getting less sunlight in morning and more in the evening."

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Daylight saving Time is not mandated by the United States and a number of places have already opted out of it. Locations that don't observe it:

  • Hawaii
  • Arizona (except for residents of the Navajo Indian Reservation)
  • Guam
  • American Samoa
  • Virgin Islands
  • Northern Marianas Islands
  • Puerto Rico

Other states are looking to get rid of it entirely, and it is believed that both Tennessee and Kentucky could

Benjamin Franklin is said to be the inventor of Daylight Saving Time, and he is said to have done it for productivity reasons. When he noticed the sun coming up before he would wake up, he figured daylight hours being shifted to the evening would help everyone.

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