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Five Facts on Daylight Saving(s)

David Stull

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Daylight saving (not savings!) is considered a time of rejoicing for some people. After all, everyone gets an extra hour of sleep, right? Maybe not. Here are five little-known facts about daylight savings.

  1. Not Everyone Observes It

Daylight saving isn’t for everyone. As a matter of fact, neither Arizona nor Hawaii chooses to observe it. Neither state wants to extend the misery of the hot sun any more than they have to. While some states don’t participate in it at all, others arrived late to the party. For example, Indiana didn’t observe daylight saving until 2006. Other places that don’t observe daylight saving include Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico, amongst others.

  1. It’s Bad For Testing

The extra hour of sleep may seem like the perfect opportunity to fix a person’s sleep schedule, but daylight saving actually tends to do the opposite. According to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, researchers reported a 2 percent decrease in SAT scores when the tests were administered shortly after daylight saving. This is because the change in clocks can mess up sleep schedules for teenagers. For future reference, when someone plans on taking a standardized test, they should make sure it’s before or long after daylight saving has passed.

  1. It Happens at Different Times in Different Places

Not only are there areas that don’t observe daylight saving at all, but also many of the places that do have it occur on different days. For example, Brazil changes its clocks on the third Saturday in October, and Israel changes its clocks on the last Sunday of October. A more ridiculous example of this is how China, which is in 5 different time zones, only adheres to one time: Beijing Time. Those who live in the far west of China don’t see sunset until around midnight! According to Michael Downing, the author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving, “There is no international authority governing timekeeping…There is no logic to the confusion.”

  1. It Can Help With…Heart Attacks?

The idea that getting an extra hour of sleep could help prevent heart attacks may seem ridiculous, but according to a study done by NCBI, the number of heart attacks following the week of daylight saving is actually 21 percent less than the average in all other weeks of the year. The only problem with this is that during the spring, when the clocks go forward an hour, the number of heart attacks the following week are a whopping 24 percent higher.

  1. It’s Saving, Not Savings!

The correct verbiage to use is daylight “saving” time, as opposed to daylight “savings” time. There has been much contention over which word is the correct word to use, but over time, the vast majority of people have dubbed it “daylight savings time.” For what it’s worth, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary officially lists it as “saving,” and not “savings.” Unfortunately, that won’t be enough for most people.

In the end, it’s important to enjoy the extra hour of sleep people received on Sunday, November 5th. Or that people already have received on the 3rd Saturday of October. Or the last Sunday in October. Or never. Whatever.

 

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