Daylight Saving Time This Sunday

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Hope you’re calling it an early night Saturday as Daylight Saving Time will kick off this Sunday.

It starts March 11 at 2 a.m. where clocks will spring forward leaving us with an hour less sleep. Did you know those with less sleep are more prone the heart attacks? Yikes.

While many dislike DST because it effects sleep patterns, others see it as a plus: an extra hour of daylight during the warm weather.

Every year, Daylight Saving Time takes place on the second Sunday of March and most of the United States begins turning clocks up at 2:00 a.m to avoid the disruption it could cause later in the day when things like buses are running and school’s in session. It would be nice to skip an hour of work though.

Moving the clock forward on Sunday doesn’t just mean more daylight but it’s also about saving energy after a long winter when many dole out thousands of dollars on heating.

In the northern hemisphere, DST begins between March and ends in November. It allows for more light during the evening hours and less in the morning hours.

We’ll enjoy that extra hour until November when clocks will have to move back again—The United States Energy Policy Act of 2005 says Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November.

According to National Geographic, the federal government doesn’t require U.S. states or territories to observe Daylight Saving Time, which is why Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands residents won’t need to change their clocks back.