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Don’t Forget, You LOSE 1 Hour Of Sleep

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Mar 072020
 

Mi Sun says, "Don't forget to change your clocks."

Mi Sun says, “Don’t forget to change your clocks.”

Daylight Savings Time, Farmers Hours, Waking up earlier in the morning than what our bodies have become accustomed to.

A time when depression rates are statistically higher and on the other side of the spectrum: it’s the time when people reacquaint themselves with Mother Nature, start exercising and feel better about themselves.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8.

Don’t know what you’re supposed to do? Remember this simple rule — Spring Forward; Fall Behind — So before you go to bed set your clocks ahead by 1 hour, (DVD players, Microwaves, cars, etc.) which means you get 1 hour less sleep in the morning if you are on a schedule.

This is one of two times of the year that the Fire Marshal’s office reminds everyone to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

A Little Background

It was 54 years ago that Congress established the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance.

In 1973 DST saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day, but DST still proved to be controversial. Many complained that the dark winter mornings endangered the lives of children going to school.

The DST schedule in the US was revised several times throughout the years.

The current schedule began in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended the period by about one month where DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2 a.m.

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Mar 072015
 

facebook_1425671117148_resizedDaylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8, which means 1 less hour to sleep, 1 more hour of sunlight and before you go to bed you must remember to spring forward.

That means, set your clock ahead 1 hour before going to bed. Examples: if you are going to bed at 10 p.m., your clock should say 11 p.m.; 1 a.m. – 2 a.m.

So many of our gadgets have clocks on them, so don’t ignore the clock in your car, on the microwave, VCR etc.

The Orange Fire Marshal also wants to remind everyone to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Some computers and phones times change automatically, so be aware of that.

Daylight Savings Time: Has It Changed Your Lifestyle?

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Mar 112013
 

Mi Sun is still not used to the time change.

Mi Sun is still not used to the time change.

Daylight Savings Time, Farmers Hours, Waking up earlier in the morning than what our bodies have become accustomed to.

A time when depression rates are statistically higher and on the other side of the spectrum: it’s the time when people reacquaint themselves with Mother Nature, start exercising and feel better about themselves.

Orange Live asked some folks how they were coping with the time change – and this is what we heard.

Kathy S. was grocery shopping on Sunday. She said that the first day usually hits her pretty hard every year.

“Sometimes I just stay in bed all day and drag around. This is the first year that I got up before 11 a.m. on the first day of Savings Time and made myself get out and do something,” she said. “I hope I’m not super tired and cranky at work tomorrow, but I’ll make the best of it.”

Joseph was walking his dog, Milo, on the street near their home. “We’re really enjoying the warmer weather and extra sunshine today. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to enjoy a walk at 6 o’clock,” he said.

Milo wagged his tail in agreement.

Dave and his mom, Janet were on the way to the train station as he is returning to school in New York State. “This is my favorite time of year,” Dave said. “You get out of the winter slump and do more outside stuff, even though we probably still have a couple of feet of snow at school, it will be gone soon.”

“You always know spring is coming when the robins arrive on Narrow Lane,” Janet said. “I get used to the time change fairly fast, because I look forward to it all winter long.”

So from our quick around town survey, it seems like Orange residents are handling Daylight Savings Time very well.

How about you?