By now, most people on the coast have noticed that daylight is beginning a little earlier each morning.
That means spring and Daylight Saving Time are near. In 2013, the big shift happens on Sunday.
On that date, most of the U.S. will 'spring' clocks forward at 2 a.m., meaning, yes, that you'll lose an hour of sleep. But you'll get an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day.
And when does it end? DST will last until Nov. 3.
In addition to your clocks, the folks at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission — and most fire departments — are reminding everyone that this is also a good time to change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Here's something else to consider as you ponder the loss of an hour of sleep — Alyshah Hasham of thestar.com in Toronto wrote about research that shows that lost sleep has a real impact at work.
"Existing data shows that people have poorer self-control when they are tired, so the average 40 minutes lost sleep during the time switch makes people more inclined to waste time while on the clock."
Mostly, it's folks wasting company time online: 'This “cyberloafing” at work increased by 3.1 per cent on the Monday after Daylight Saving Time kicks in" Hasham writes.