This weekend, it is time to change clocks and “spring ahead” one hour.
Daylight Saving Time will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8th in most areas of the U.S.
This is the most dreaded of the time changes because it feels as though we’re losing an hour of sleep. So, if you normally wake up at 6 a.m., you’ll be rising at 5 a.m. even though the clock face says 6 a.m.
More than 30 states are considering legislation related to the century-old practice of changing clocks twice a year and seven states have already approved legislation to observe permanent daylight saving time.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act in 1966, which established daylight saving time from the second Sunday of March through the first Sunday of October.
The law also allows states to remain in standard time all year and does not require states to adhere to daylight saving time. However, it does require that states get approval from Congress before making daylight saving time permanent.
In fact, those against changing clocks during the year include President Donald Trump, who tweeted in March that making DST “permanent is O.K. with me.”
Other advocates argue that shifting time twice a year can cause an increased risk of stroke and heart attack, as well as affecting adults 65 or older more drastically.
Those in favor of shifting time include the National Parent Teacher Association, which says that children would have to commute to school in the dark with year-round daylight saving time, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, which says that the time changes save energy and cut crime.
The first Sunday in November is when Daylight Saving Time ends in most areas of the U.S., so in 2020 we’ll “fall back” one hour and return to Standard Time on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 2 a.m. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour before bed Saturday night.