Don’t Forget to Reset Your Clocks Tonight:

It is that day. . .Spring ahead! At 2 am tonight, it is time to reset your clocks ahead one hour. Longer daylight in the early evening hours. So at 2 a.m., the time will have a missing hour between the time zones, all across America as it spans the country.

This means if you cross the time zone the clocks will seem like you are having a bit of jet lag. Phenomenon like this is very detrimental to those who have some disabilities including depression. The Sunshine Protection Act is an effort being made in order to make daylight saving time permanent across the U.S. A lot of litigation has been put on the back-burner, while COVID-19 has become the new standard of being the only thing that matters at all when it comes to the law. Studies have found that year-round time settings like Daylight Saving Time would improve the public health, public safety, and mental health–especially those who really “feel” the effect of the time change. I enjoy the later light, but for some, it can take weeks and months for the “jet lag” effect to wear.

A Brief History:
1st Implementation: From the years 1916-1918–during World-War I, original time laws were enacted to institute more daylight for war purposes, and was not liked by many so as to repeal the laws mostly until we got to World War II where Daylight Savings Time came back year round between 1942 to 1945.
2nd Era: Between 1945 to 1966 it was left up to the municipalities whether it was observed,until the Johnson administration. In 1966, the start of DST was the last Sunday of April.
The Daylight Saving Time Energy Act: It was established into law in the Nixon administration on January 6, 1974. It reflected the oil embargo era, with hopes that it could be of some assistance for energy reasons. It however encountered some safety issues, as I remember the darkness of going to grammar school in mornings.
The rest of the 70’s: The laws were amended the for Standard Time to start the last week in October 1974 and Daylight Saving Time resuming on the last week in February 1975 making it a little better.

The 70’s into the 80’s: After the energy crisis was over by the year 1976, the US schedule was revised several times throughout the next decade, moving around the month of April to late March.
1986 to 2006: The U.S. observed Daylight Saving Time for about 7 months each year, with the next change beginning Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in April, and I still have a lot of clocks that change themselves that reflect the time.
2007: The Energy Policy Act was enacted August 8, 2005 extending the yearly Daylight Savings Time period in the United States by several weeks. This finally went into effect starting 2007. The two changes that have remained since are:

  • Starting time of DST was moved from the first Sunday of April to the second Sunday of March.
  • End of DST was moved from the last Sunday of October to the first Sunday in November.

More Recently:
Recent activity: States preparing for permanence with no litigation being completely passed by either branch of Congress: U.S. House of Representatives or U.S. Senate.
Now: At 2 a.m., the time will change 1 hour ahead, so it will skip the 2 o’clock hour, in essence becoming 3 a.m.
Working during/Employment: Your employer is NOT obligated to pay you for the lost hour of time, and you are not able to enforce your employer to pay for such. The 4 hour minimum is met and they only have to pay for three hours if you work during this time period.
Important safety reminder: Change the batteries on your smoke detectors and alarm clocks before you go to bed tonight.

Hashtags:
#DaylightSavings #TimeChange #SpringAhead

Don’t be late Monday morning for work! Be safe!! Change those clocks not connected to the internet, NIST radio controlled atomic clocks, automation or the IOT (Internet of Things)!

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If you support Standard Time permanence–Please Read:
What we need to do is contact all of our Representatives in the House of Representatives and Senators to voice our opinion of changing the time zone laws. The effects are mostly on the negative side and especially hurts persons with various medical conditions including depression.
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate

Spring Ahead to Daylight Savings Time !

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