British Columbians uncertain about goal of Daylight Saving Time: BC Hydro

Graphic to be used as a reminder to turn clocks forward one hour 1c x 1 1/4 inches 46.5 mm x 31

Graphic to be used as a reminder to turn clocks forward one hour 1c x 1 1/4 inches 46.5 mm x 31

Daylight savings across much of the US takes place at 2am EST, at which point the clocks will jump forward an hour to 3am. It ends the first Sunday in November, when we "fall back".

The official change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time, although people often change their clocks before going to bed Saturday night.

"Even though it's hard sometimes when we are sleepy to turn on the light or go into a very bright environment, I highly suggest that will be the way that your biological clock will adapt more rapidly".

The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established Daylight Saving Time throughout the United States and gave states the option to exempt themselves. After the war, the practice fizzled out until it was implemented again during World War II to save fuel and resources. U.S. Congress officially expanded it by four weeks in 2005.

Most of the USA observes DST with the exception of Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. People also report feeling disoriented and unproductive.

But it's not, according to Prerau, whose 2009 book "Seize the Daylight" traces the history of the time shift.

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Internationally, the European Union is considering scrapping mandatory Daylight Saving Time after a survey of 4.6 million European Union citizens showed that 84% were against the current clock-changing practice. "National PTA is opposed to daylight saving time during the winter months because of the safety factor", said Heidi May Wilson, spokeswoman for the National Parent Teacher Association.

Washington state senators have proposed a bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in that state, so it would be on just one time all year long.

They are not alone in their dislike of the seasonal clock change. One is whether changing the clock is inherently a bad idea, because of sleep disruption, negative health effects and the general confusion generated by a jumpy time system.

Roughly 70 nations worldwide observe daylight saving.

"People tend to shop, dine out, and engage in commercial activities more in after-work daylight", the commission found. Those who live there simply go about their lives as normal when it rolls around - no need to spring forward or fall back. Voters in the Golden State opted to get rid of the annual clock change in the 2018 midterm elections, and Florida lawmakers enacted the "Sunshine Protection Act" aimed at doing the same thing last March. The bright light will help set your internal clock, which regulates sleep and alertness.

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