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alarm clockSunday kicked off Daylight Saving Time, a day dedicated to turning the clocks forward in an effort to save daylight during the spring and summer months.

DST started at 2 a.m. Sunday with clocks “springing forward.” Of course this meant sleeping late and missing work for those without digital clocks and phones that changed automatically.  For those who remembered to kick their clocks forward it can also be a dreadful day too, with one less hour of slumber.

For those on the West Coast, here’s the current time:

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DST takes place twice a year, with folks in the northern hemisphere turning their clocks forward on the second Sunday of March and back on the first Sunday of November.

The concept of Daylight Savings Time looks to add more daylight in the evening hours and less in the morning hours during the warmer weather and the opposite when Fall and Winter come back around.

Benjamin Franklin is credited as the man behind DST, though the practice of saving daylight has been around since ancient times—Franklin reportedly suggested the idea in 1784. The concept of DST was also credited to New Zealand entomologist, George Hudson, who proposed a two-hour daylight-savings shift.

While the concept is used widely throughout the United States, some states on the West Coast don’t use DST. Reportedly the federal government doesn’t require U.S. states or territories to observe Daylight Saving Time. For most residents in Arizona and Hawaii don’t need to change their time.

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