Daylight Savings Time 2021 – Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 2:00 a.m. On Saturday night, set your clocks forward one hour (i.e., losing one hour) to “spring ahead.” Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 2:00 a.m.
For stargazers, the time change, plus the fact that sunset occurs 1 minute later each day near the March Equinox, will mean that dark-sky observing cannot commence until much later in the evening — possibly after the bedtime of junior astronomers. The difference from local time to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), or the astronomers’ Universal Time (UT), will be reduced by one hour when DST is in effect. Daylight Saving Time will end on November 7, 2021.
Daylight Savings Time and Benjamin Franklin!
Benjamin Franklin takes the honor (or the blame, depending on your view of the time changes) for coming up with the idea to reset clocks in the summer months as a way to conserve energy, according to David Prerau, author of “Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time” (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2005). By moving clocks forward, people could take advantage of the extra evening daylight rather than wasting energy on lighting. At the time, Franklin was ambassador to Paris and so wrote a witty letter to the Journal of Paris in 1784, rejoicing over his “discovery” that the sun provides light as soon as it rises.
Daylight Savings Time’s Official Beginnings!
Even so, DST didn’t officially begin until more than a century later. Germany established DST in May, 1916, as a way to conserve fuel during World War I. The rest of Europe came onboard shortly thereafter. In 1918, the United States also adopted daylight saving time.
Daylight Savings Time 2021 – Side Effects of Time Change!
The tiredness from losing an hour can be disruptive enough in itself, but for some people, springing forward may have much more serious consequences. A Swedish study found that the risk of having a heart attack increases in the first three weekdays after switching to DST in the spring. Tiredness induced by the clock change is thought to be the main cause for the increase in traffic accidents on the Monday following the start of DST. On Mondays after the start of DST there were more workplace injuries, and the injuries were of greater severity compared to other Mondays.
Daylight Savings Time 2021 – Tips to Make the Transition Easier!
Being tired can decrease productivity, concentration, and general well-being. There are some simple ways of making it easier to handle the clock change. Adjust your body clock and wake up a little earlier than usual in the week before springing forward. This makes it easier to get out of bed on Monday morning. Eat a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning. Food tells your body it is the start of the day. Go for a walk in the light. Sunlight and exercise adjusts the body clock. Help children adjust by putting them to bed a little bit earlier the week before the time change.
Daylight Savings Time and Your Sleep Cycle!
Stick to your sleep schedule. Keeping to your regular sleep cycle is important for optimal body performance. Watch the clock and adhere to your usual wake up and sleep times. Getting up earlier or going to bed later on account of extra daylight can confuse the proper functioning of your body.
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