The old saying “Spring forward; fall back” will get some good play this weekend, as Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12. People in most parts of the United States will enjoy that extra hour of daylight until Sunday, Nov. 5, when we “fall back” and set our clocks back an hour.
Of all 50 states, only Hawaii and portions or Arizona do not use Daylight Saving Time.
A state senator says Nebraska should eliminate daylight saving time to help families and farmers and prevent health problems.
Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft told a legislative committee on Friday, March 3, 2017 that daylight saving time has been linked to increased risk of strokes, heart attacks and sleep-related accidents.
A teenage boy with epilepsy says he has more seizures the week after daylight saving time takes effect in spring. Parents and farmers say young children and animals have trouble adjusting to the change.
Opponents contend daylight saving time brings economic benefits. David Honnens of the Nebraska Golf Alliance says eliminating daylight saving time could cost Nebraska golf courses hundreds of thousands of dollars a year because many courses rely on golfers who play between 4 p.m. and sundown.
The United States first observed Daylight Saving Time in 1918 in at least one location in the country. The current schedule of the second Sunday in March through the first Sunday in November was introduced in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act, which was enacted to help save energy by using natural light rather than artificial lighting, though several debate if that really is the case.
If your only clock is on your phone or computer, you probably don’t have to do a thing. IPads and MacBooks all update automatically and most Android phones should do the same. If you do have to change your clocks manually, it is recommended to do so Saturday night before you go to bed so you are not late for any activities on Sunday morning.