Not a fan of Daylight Saving Time? Don’t worry…

You can resume your normal schedule on November 4.

It’s time again to roll the clocks forward into daylight saving time, the bittersweet deed that simultaneously signals spring and wreaks havoc on our sleep. At 2 a.m. this Sunday, daylight saving time officially kicks in. But before you groan about the lack of shut-eye, here are some facts that might make you rest easy – or not:

Most of us get the Name Wrong

Officially, it’s “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.” But don’t feel bad if you thought there was a final “s” on “saving”; far more people Google the incorrect phrase than the correct one.

DST Saves Energy

Daylight saving time was first used during World War I, as part of an effort in the United States and other warring countries to conserve fuel. In theory, using daylight more efficiently saves fuel and energy because it reduces the nation’s need for artificial light.

Daylight saving time was first used during World War I, as part of an effort in the United States and other warring countries to conserve fuel. In theory, using daylight more efficiently saves fuel and energy because it reduces the nation’s need for artificial light.

Not all 50 States observe DST

Two states—Arizona and Hawaii—and four U.S. territories—American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—don’t observe daylight saving time. Indiana adopted DST in 2006.

Reduces Lethal Car Crashes

People are safer drivers during daylight hours, and researchers have found that DST reduces lethal car crashes and pedestrian strikes. In fact, a study concluded that observing DST year-round would annually prevent about 195 deaths of motor vehicle occupants and about 171 pedestrian fatalities.

May Cause a Heart Attack

There’s a spike in heart attacks during the week of daylight saving time, according to another study published last year. The loss of an hour’s sleep may make people more susceptible to an attack, some experts say. When daylight saving time ends in the fall, heart attacks briefly become less frequent than usual.

For those of you, who aren’t in love with losing an hour of sleep, don’t worry on November 4th you will get your hour back. In the meantime, enjoy the extra sunlight!

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