What exactly is the purpose of daylight savings time and moving our clocks ahead an hour in the spring? Here are a few bits of history and reasons I've found this morning while I silently grumbled about having to do this tomorrow night.
It officially began in the US in 1966 when Congress voted in the Uniform Time Act of 1966. It had been talked about by Benjamin Franklin, implemented for a short period during WWII and not because it had anything at all to do with farming.
In recent years the time change has come along earlier and ending later in the year. Many who advocated more months of DST did so believing it would help save energy. But new studies find this to be not true and in many cases is just the opposite, more energy is being used. Also And on Monday and Tuesday, our risk of having a car accident will rise about 6%, research shows, as will our chances of being in a workplace accident. Productivity traditionally plummets too, in the days after a shift to daylight saving time.
Named Sleepy Monday because many people are still adjusting to that missing hour of sleep, work place efficiency drops.
I don't know if any or all of this is true, just know this is not my favorite thing. But it does remind us to change our smoke alarm batteries.