Daylight Saving Time 2016: Spring forward start time, when to move clock forward
Daylight saving time or spring forward is here. The rationale behind the daylight saving time was the fact that we were energy deficient and by moving our clocks forward or backward we were saving the energy.
Is it really the case now? Do we really save energy? The biggest question is whether we really need to save energy the way we desperately needed during the crisis of World War I or World War II when energy was scarce?
After moving the clock backward a few months ago we are back to square one when we will have to go back into the time bank on Sunday March 13, when clocks spring forward. To many folks Daylight Saving Time is an archaic tradition to follow and many would vote today to wipe DST off the face of the Earth if there were such a vote offered.
Though many people have opposed the continuance of the concept of daylight saving time, we didnâ€™t really know how much adverse impact it makes on our health. A latest study also corroborates this fact. The study found that the overall rate for stroke was 8% higher in the two days after daylight saving time. Cancer victims were 25% more likely to have a stroke during that time, and people older than 65 were 20% more likely to have a stroke. The study said that compared the rate of stroke in more than 3,000 people hospitalized the week after a daylight saving time shift to the rate of stroke in more than 11,000 people hospitalized two weeks before or after the week of transition. This is pretty serious.
If that was not enough a USA Today reports on March 10, that the â€œcreditâ€ or â€œblameâ€ for Daylight Saving Time, depending on how you view the time change, goes to Benjamin Franklyn. A man beyond his time when it came to thinking, Franklyn wrote about the hours of daylight not coinciding with what the average person was doing at different times of day. He observed that folks were sleeping past dawn and this meant they were wasting the light that was provided by the sun. They burned candles at night before retiring for the day, which wasted the precious wax that was a hot commodity in his day.
Daylight saving time begins on Sunday March 13 at 2 a.m. When the clock strikes 2 a.m., it â€œspringsâ€ forward to to 3 a.m. for a majority of the United States.