As Canadians prepare for the Daylight Saving Time switchover on March 12, firefighters are reminding the public to check their safety sensors. If only we could save ourselves from the seasonal allergies. As a result, it can take children up to 10 days to fully reset their internal clock to Daylight Saving Time.
The National Weather Service has some tips when "Springing" forward.
He cites several studies that show losing just one hour can increase activity in genes that are associated with increased inflammation, stress, diabetes and cancer.
For many of us the adjustment of clocks will be minimal, since smartphones, tablets, computers and more adjust automatically.
But a daylight savings revolution won't happen overnight. In 1968, the state Legislature decided it was best for Arizona to opt out of the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which mandated the saving of daylight.
The practice, when time springs forward at 2 a.m., occurs the second Sunday in March.
Am I the only one who's often confused about Daylight Saving Time? During Congressional hearings on adding a month to Daylight Saving Time, the golf industry said that extra hour per day was worth $200 million in revenue to the golf industry.
However, not everyone agrees it offers energy saving benefits. And a study that same year from the University of California, Santa Barbara found it might even increase energy consumption.
States are able to exempt themselves.
Michael Downing, the author of the 2006 book "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Savings Time", said it's a persistent belief in the USA that farmers wanted the earlier start time, but, in fact, they fought it pitchfork and scythe, even taking their opposition all the way to the Supreme Court in the 1920s. So, the country dropped the time change until World War II, and a select number of states chose to follow it after the war's end.
For a half century, Arizona - but not including the Navajo reservation - has refused to perform the standard-to-daylight-saving-and-back-again dance. Other non-observers are the American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.