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Fall back…that’s right, it’s amazing how fast the summer flies by. Amazing to think that over the last few weeks we have seen the sun come up after 7am. Well that’s all about to change on Saturday night as we move the clocks back one hour. So what are some ways you and your family can make the switch more easily come Sunday morning, and what are the misconceptions about this controversial time change? Here are 8 facts.
First and foremost, the holiday is called Daylight Saving Time, not the often used Daylight Savings Time.
The time change was widely adopted in Germany in 1916, but only became common decades later in the United States.
In 2007, Congress changed the dates for daylight saving time and allowed states to “opt out”; the only one that chose to do so was Arizona.
While you might think that Daylight Saving Time was adopted to help farmers, that’s actually opposite from true. It was used to saved money on electricity, which according to some studies actually does not save you money at all.
Check your clocks to know which ones will automatically change and which won’t. Typically cell phones automatically change but most wall clocks, including digital ones, will not. If the clock doesn’t change automatically, make sure you set it back one hour before you go to bed, to reduce confusion on Sunday morning.
The time change is much tougher on children than adults since kids are more sensitive to sleep changes.
Take baby steps each day by going to bed and putting kids to bed a bit later each night.
It’s important to change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors twice per year. The widely used date is the start and finish of Daylight Saving Time, so if you haven’t changed the batteries yet, now is the time to do it.
And although this might be a lot to remember, the good news is we get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning.