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Why do we have to change our clocks for Daylight Saving Time?

If you blame farmers for Daylight Saving Time when you set your clock forward an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, you're barking up the wrong tree. (Source: NBC12) If you blame farmers for Daylight Saving Time when you set your clock forward an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, you're barking up the wrong tree. (Source: NBC12)
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If you blame farmers for Daylight Saving Time when you set your clock forward an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, you're barking up the wrong tree.

In fact, farmers fought the proposal saying it made their lives harder and cut their production, reports CNN. The United States first used it in 1918 but Congress passed a law overturning it a year later. From then until the Uniform Times Act of 1966 was passed, the decision whether or not to use daylight saving was handled by local officials.

Proponents thought the time change would help people take advantage of the long days in the summer and shorter days in the winter.

Others thought the time change would save energy, though studies actually prove it provides minimal savings and may actually result in greater energy use, according to History.com.

The time change may also lead to an increase in heart attacks in the spring, and in raise the risk of accidents by sleep-deprived motorists. On the bright side, you're less likely to get robbed in the spring after the time change.

Most Americans don't think the change is worth the hassle, but it's still in place in 48 states.

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