Here's When Clocks 'Spring Forward' for Daylight Saving Time 2014

Clocks "spring forward" on Sunday.

Daylight Saving Time 2014 is almost here. (Patch file photo.)
Daylight Saving Time 2014 is almost here. (Patch file photo.)
By Todd Richissin

Don't let the below-freezing temperatures fool you: At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014, our clocks will move an hour ahead (or spring forward) to begin daylight saving time 2014

One day — maybe — the weather will turn toward actual warmth. Add that to the extra hour of sunlight to those temperatures, and you may feel your mood change, too.

"Most people can switch their schedules right away. It really depends on the individual and how much stress they have in their lives," naturopathic doctor Chamandeep Bali of Toronto told The Huffington Post. "If you're the type of person who is always 'go go go', you'll be sleeping less."

Many electronic devices, like your cell phone and computer, automatically adjust when Daylight Saving Time begins or ends.

So, why does Daylight Saving Time begin at at 2 a.m., and why shift our clocks at all?

According to Webhibit:

In the United States, 2 a.m. was originally chosen as the changeover time because it was practical and minimized disruption. Most people were at home and this was the time when the fewest trains were running. It is late enough to minimally affect bars and restaurants, and it prevents the day from switching to yesterday, which would be confusing. It is early enough that the entire continental U.S. switches by daybreak, and the changeover occurs before most early shift workers and early churchgoers are affected.

The larger reason for shifting our clocks, however, is energy conservation.

Ben Franklin first suggested shifting the clocks to save on candles, according to Discovery, but no one took him up on his idea at the time.

The first official national time shift wasn’t until 1918. Then the United States stopped the practice, started again during World War II for energy conservation reasons, stopped when the war was over and re-started with the Uniform Time Act in 1966. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 lengthened daylight saving to eight months instead of six months.

Sam Byrd March 08, 2014 at 02:09 PM
DST lets you take more advantage of the light hours, whats the big deal? Would you prefer to do things in the dark?
joe March 08, 2014 at 04:36 PM
I hate the time changes. It takes me weeks to get use to my bathroom schedule. Sometimes I forget, and have to stop at Starbucks if I'm out, and I hate using public restrooms. No more clock changes. PLEASE.
Bryan Harz March 09, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Yes, please abolish DST as Tony Manjangles has no control of his own bowel movements and hates toilets that aren't 15 feet from his own bed. PLEASE Governor...please! <insert sarcastic laugh here> LOL!
Kurt Buermann March 09, 2014 at 12:29 PM
The worst part is having to wait up until 2 AM to set all the clocks to the new time.


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