Should we spring forward?

Daylight Saving Time adjustments could lead to health risks, studies say

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10, specifically at 2:00am.

If this weekend seems unusually short, that's because daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, meaning it's time to "spring forward" and turn clocks ahead by one hour.

"As we get ready to change our clocks and lose one hour of sleep on Sunday, we must be tired of the negative health effects of this practice", Chu said in a statement Friday.

Benjamin Franklin, the brainchild of DST, proposed the idea in 1784 as a way to conserve energy, said David Prerau, author of "Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time" (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005).

A 2014 Rasmussen poll found that a declining percentage of adults in the United States - 33% - think daylight saving time is "worth the hassle". Senate Bill 5139 says that if not authorized by Congress, the state will seek approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to change Washington to year-round mountain standard time.

In November, California voters passed Proposition 7 by a 60-40 percent margin, paving the way for year-round daylight saving time in the nation's most populated state.

- USA territories: None of America's island territories observe the time change.

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That said, a few states (Arizona, Hawaii) and most of the USA territories-Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and America Samoa-already skip the seasonal clock-flipping. CT state Representative Kurt Vail is also on board, giving the proposal more momentum. Versions of a Daylight Saving Bill have been discussed at the state capitol for years, including last year, when Dickerson introduced a similar proposal.

Internationally, the European Union is considering scrapping mandatory Daylight Saving Time after a survey of 4.6 million European Union citizens showed that 84% were against the current clock-changing practice.

According to the fire department, smoke alarms are created to last up to 10 years, but battery life spans are far shorter, and whenever daylight saving or standard time arrives, officials recommend replacing batteries as a precaution. The vote comes as more than two dozen states are considering measures to avoid the twice-yearly clock change.

And if all of this seems too cumbersome or hard for you, Carrier has two simple solutions for adjusting to Daylight Saving Time this weekend. In theory, using daylight more efficiently saves fuel and energy because it reduces the nation's need for artificial light.

- Most of Africa, the Middle East and Asia: While much of Europe utilizes the time change, very little of the rest of the world does. Tennessee falls in two different time zones and borders eight different states, tied for the most neighboring states in the nation.

The study found positive effects in a number of industries but didn't go so far as to recommend making the change.

Lawmakers in several states have filed legislation to do away with falling back.

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