Do You Spring Forward and Fall Back?

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Believe it or not, daylight savings is upon us. Not all states in the U.S. are participating in this event. If you are living in the state of Arizona, life will go on as usual, but for the rest of us, an extra hour of sleep tonight is in order.

Most computers will automatically adjust their clocks an hour back, but you may have to adjust some electronic devices throughout your house, car and office. Electronics like your microwave, your oven, and some security systems won’t adjust for the time change.

You can thank New Zealander, George Hudson, for the idea he proposed in 1895, and William Willett who proposed it again in 1905. Although, some businesses benefit greatly from the extended daylight hours we get in the summer, many are not happy or see any benefits from this practice.

In the spring, when we set our clocks an hour forward, work productivity is said to decrease while car accidents temporarily increase. May be due to lack of sleep or the change in sleeping patterns, but then again, it may not be so bad when we also see a decrease in some criminal activity and pedestrian accidents.

Whichever side of the issue you land on, if you live in a region that uses this practice, you better set your clocks back an hour, or you’ll end up arriving at school and/or work a bit early tomorrow.