News

Fall Back: 4 fun facts about daylight-saving time

Fall Back: 4 fun facts about daylight-saving time

TIME WARP: Daylight-saving time ends on Sunday morning.

Daylight-Saving Time ends this weekend (officially at 2 a.m. Sunday) with a “fall back” to standard time. That means you get an extra hour of sleep but it also means come Sunday night the sun will set and it’ll start getting darker earlier (major bummer). Here are four fun facts about Daylight-Saving Time.

NOT EVERYONE IS DOING IT

turnback

Daylight-Saving Time is observed in most countries around the world, but not even every American state observes the turn-back practice. Hawaii, Arizona and Puerto Rico don’t turn their clocks back. The states join other countries, including Japan and Russia, which avoid it.

WHOSE IDEA WAS IT TO MESS WITH THE CLOCKS TWICE A YEAR?

lightbulb

Benjamin Franklin – who was an early-riser himself – first proposed the idea as a way to make people more productive, according to the author of “Seize the Daylight.” But it wasn’t until World War I bought about an energy crisis that the practice gained steam and by 1918 federal law standardized it.

DAYLIGHT-SAVING TIME MAY BE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

heartattack

According to a study published by The New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of heart attacks increases for several days following the time switch. The study says the changes can disrupt your body’s natural rhythm, affecting sleep.

YOU SHOULD PROBABLY JUST STAY HOME IN BED ON MONDAY MORNING

crash

A 2011 study by Johns Hopkins and Stanford universities found that traffic accidents increase the day after the change. Studies have also shown that workplace injuries jump, mostly blamed on employees’ lack of sleep the night before.

Recent Headlines

in National

Making headlines this week

AP703639293459_11

A look back on this week's biggest stories and the headlines you may have missed.

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

AP10683327094_7

A look at some of the biggest plays and best shots in sports this week.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

ukbball

A look at this weekend's sports schedule.

in National

8 dead in Missouri shooting spree

missouri

Investigators say the attacks took place in multiple locations.

in Sports

Betting on the Olympics?

olympics

Come summer 2016, when the best of the best athletes climb podiums wearing gold, silver and bronze medals, Las Vegas gamblers could very well be counting their green.