News

SPRING AHEAD: 4 fun facts about Daylight-Saving Time

SPRING AHEAD: 4 fun facts about Daylight-Saving Time

Photo: YouTube

Daylight-Saving Time begins this weekend (officially at 2 a.m. Sunday) with a “spring forward.” That means you “lose” an hour of sleep but it also means come Sunday night we’ll start enjoying more daylight and later sunsets. 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

1 day ago in Sports

The weekend sports schedule

penscaps16120076416963

Here’s a look at some of the sporting events taking place this weekend.

1 day ago in Sports

The best sports shots this week

goffdraft870850982276

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

1 day ago in National

Making headlines this week

kansasweatherAP

A look back at some of the biggest newsmakers this week and the headlines you may have missed.

2 days ago in Sports

Reigning NL batting champ banned 80 games for doping

marlinsdeeREUTERS

Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins was suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball said.

2 days ago in National

Teen pregnancies hit historic low

sexed296416402183

The annual survey shows the continuation of a downward trend that began in 2006 and continued through 2014, the latest year of complete data, when nearly 250,000 babies were born to girls and women aged 15 to 19.