Time to end the madness called, "Daylight Saving Time"

Czeisler points out reducing time in front of the TV, computer or smartphone will help restless sleepers get extra shut-eye before losing an hour.

Germany was the first country to utilize Daylight Saving Time in 1916 in an effort to conserve electricity during World War I. States can opt out of daylight saving time under federal law but aren't allowed to go full time with daylight saving time. Hawaii and most of Arizona are on standard time year-round.

"We have a circadian rhythm [that] is coinciding with the time we eat", he explained. Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa also skip out on the clock-changing fun.

Standard time and the four USA time zones, it should be emphasized, were not decreed by government, but were established by the railroads early on to coordinate train departure and arrival times.

Even though the bill is awaiting the signature of Scott, who's now under intense political pressure over newly passed gun legislation, it's actually the call of Congress on whether Florida can permanently leap forward timewise for good, the Herald noted. That bill enacted the first observance of the time change, March 31, 1918.

Arizona and Hawaii will not.

That means the debate is underway once again, with inquiring minds asking: Why do we tinker with our clocks every year, anyway?

Elise Amendola  AP FILEDan La Moore sizes hands for an 8-foot diameter silhouette clock at Electric Time Co. in Medfield Mass. Nov. 3 2016
Elise Amendola AP FILEDan La Moore sizes hands for an 8-foot diameter silhouette clock at Electric Time Co. in Medfield Mass. Nov. 3 2016

It's nearly that time of year again to spring forward and move your clocks up an hour for Daylight Saving Time to begin.

Florida may not be the last state looking for a time change. For a small percentage of people, it takes about a week or even more before they feel adjusted to the new time.

Daylight saving time is a scam.

Florida is looking to eliminate the twice yearly changing of the clocks that begin and end Daylight Saving Time.

A couple of Texas lawmakers previous year proposed doing away with the practice once and for all but were unable to get their plan approved by the full state Legislature.

When do the clocks change in 2018?


  • Tracy Klein