My Estelle can't wait for spring.
Most of us are pretty fond of light. We get more of it this weekend when daylight saving time begins again Sunday.
There will be one more hour of light in the evenings. Every year, I get all happy because that means spring is really right around the corner. I will do my Sun Salutations.
According to a story on USNews.com, daylight saving time has surprising effects on our health and public safety.
Here are 6 interesting, odd facts about DST:
- Night owls tend to be more bothered by the time changes than people who like mornings, Finnish researchers discovered.
- There is a spike in heart attacks during the first week of daylight saving time, according to another study. The loss of an hour's sleep may make some people more susceptible. When we move our clocks back, heart attacks become less frequent--but only briefly.
- People drive more safely when it's sunny. There are fewer deadly car accidents during DST. One study says 195 deaths could be prevented per year if we had DST year-round.
- George W. Bush increased the length of daylight saving time by four weeks. It begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.
- Two states--Arizona and Hawaii--do not observe DST. Neither do the U.S. territories American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Daylight saving time was created during WWI in an effort to be more green. When we have more daylight, we need less energy for artificial light.
All I know is that I'm psyched. Now we can play in the backyard after dinner. And even sneak away for ice cream at 6 p.m. without it being pitch dark outside. But there are a few CafeMoms who do not like setting their clocks ahead. It messes with our babies schedules for a few days, for sure.
Do you like daylight saving time?