Time to spring forward

March 7, 2015 at 10:45 p.m.
Updated March 7, 2015 at 11:09 p.m.

Let's hope these wet winter days are far behind us and that nothing but warm sunshine and wildflowers lie ahead.

It's that time of the year again - time to move your clocks forward one hour. Sure, that means one less hour of sleep, but it also means longer days.

Early today, we observed an annual ritual in which we disrupt our natural rhythm to get out of bed an hour earlier in the mornings – all in hopes of prolonging our exposure to the sun.

Officially, time leaped ahead an hour at 2 a.m. this morning. So if you didn’t set your clock forward, you’d better do that now.

Go ahead. We’ll wait.

All done? Now, if you typically have trouble adjusting to daylight saving time, try these tips:

Get out into the morning sun as early as possible. Sunlight helps the body reset its circadian rhythm.

For that same reason, avoid exposure to sunlight late in the evening tonight and Monday.

If you’ve ever wondered: Late-shift employees who work when the clocks spring forward or back are rarely affected by the time change. Most employees are paid for the number of hours they work, not for whatever the time is when they clock in or out.

Is it “daylight savings” or “daylight saving” time? It’s the latter, writes Mignon Fogarty, author of a popular language blog and author of the Grammar Girl series of books.

“Remember the name by thinking that you are saving light – daylight, to be exact,” Fogarty writes. “The words are not capitalized.”


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