Spring forward! Daylight saving time starts Sunday

The beginning of daylight saving time means more than just losing an hour of sleep for you Sunday morning.

Daylight Saving Time returns at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday morning, March 10th.

It is also recommended to change the batteries in any smoke or carbon detectors whenever we set our clock back forth every six months. On average, Americans lose 40 minutes of sleep when we set the clocks ahead in the spring.

This year legislation in Washington state and Alaska could make it more interesting when time comes for the "fall back" process in November. The idea was implemented in several places, but wasn't officially instituted until World War I, when Germany put the plan in place in an effort to conserve fuel.

The idea that daylight saving time was created to help farmers get their harvests in is so ingrained into the national consciousness, it's hard to believe it's not true.

The study also indicates "Daylight Saving Time was first implemented in Canada more than 100 years ago as a way to conserve energy;" however, about 60 per cent of British Columbians incorrectly believe its objective is to provide more sunlight during waking hours. Soon after, other European countries and the United States adopted it as well. Canada and parts of Europe also observe DST, but it's called "summer time" across the pond. In 2019, Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are the only U.S. states and territories that do not observe Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Savings Time, while often used, is a misspelling. People also report feeling disoriented and unproductive.

ME lawmakers will consider a pair of bills next week, to end the time change in our state. To save yourself any unnecessary stress and confusion on Sunday, before you go to bed Saturday night, set all your clocks ahead one hour-including the one in your auto if it doesn't change itself.

Studies have found that traffic accidents and workplace injuries increase on the Monday after the time change, because of tiredness.

It's possible more states will join Hawaii and Arizona in opting out of the Uniform Time Act.

  • Jon Douglas