RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Get ready. Daylight saving time begins this weekend, which means we lose an hour of sleep. That may make you cranky on Monday morning, but there are a few benefits.
Yes, we do get one less hour of sleep Saturday night, but we don't actually lose that hour all together. We hang on to that hour and re-use it in November. Basically we shift the time of sunlight to later in the day when the days are getting longer. Then in the fall we shift the amount of sunlight back to earlier in the day when the days are much shorter.
There are a few reasons why we do this twice a year. The obvious one is to give us more usable daylight in the summer months. Another is to conserve energy, since most of us won't need to light our homes until later in the evening. This idea has a long history, primarily because not everyone agrees with it.
Benjamin Franklin was the first to come up with the idea in 1784, but the first daylight saving time law was introduced in the U.S. in 1918. Since then, there have been numerous changes to accommodate different regions and time zones.
The latest changes came into effect in 2007 when the start of daylight saving time was changed from the first Sunday in April to the 2nd Sunday in March. The end of daylight saving was changed from the last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in November.
So although you might be using your headlights driving to work in the morning, you'll at least have an extra hour to enjoy some time outside when you get home.