Daylight Saving Time? Some States Could Soon Ditch It.

Daylight saving time was first enacted during World War 1 on March 19, 1918 as way to conserve coal, according to USA Today, though it was halted later that year. The change will occur at 2 a.m. on Sunday. The state's Senate passed a bill Tuesday evening called the "Sunshine Protection Act", which would keep Daylight Saving Time year round.

Most people can adjust to a 1-hour time difference within a day or two, but don't be surprised if you struggle longer. After the war, most states switched to observing DST in summer months, but there was no federal law on daylight saving time until 1966.

Some headache triggers - like the weather and Daylight Saving Time - can't be changed, but reducing exposure to triggers that are within our control, can help bring relief. Studies have indicated that losing that extra hour of sleep can raise the risk of everything from heart attacks to vehicle accidents, especially on the Monday following the time change. The Navajo Reservation in Arizona, though, does observe the time change. It was actually a man named William Willett who led a campaign to move clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October so people could "enjoy the plentiful sunlight".

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Standard time and the four US time zones, it should be emphasized, were not decreed by government, but were established by the railroads early on to coordinate train departure and arrival times.

Among the areas that don't participate: Hawaii, most of Arizona (the Indian reservations there do observe it) and USA territories such as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

"I've heard from mayors across the state that it's going to save them money because they don't have to light their softball fields at night", he said. An estimated 78 countries across the world observe Daylight Savings Time, however, Russia, India, China and Japan do not follow.

  • Adam Floyd