On Saturday night, most Americans will get an extra hour of sleep, which is welcome news for just about everyone. And almost every time we go through this clock changing ritual, people ask the same question: why do we do this? According to a Rasmussen survey from 2013, only 37% of Americans even think Daylight Savings Time, or DST, is still worth the hassle. Considering the significant increase in workplace injuries on the Monday after people lose an hour (March/April), that question of why seems rather timely. Pun intended.
The origins of Daylight Savings go back to the 17th Century when Benjamin Franklin was reflecting on what he believed was an efficient use of time in Parisian culture. A better use of daylight hours and sunshine. But it wasn’t until electricity poured into American society that energy usage became something of a concern. By maximizing the length of daylight in the spring and summer, Americans would ultimately use less power and save more money. Studies have shown that this routine does, in fact, demonstrate a high level of energy conservation, however obnoxious it may be from time to time. And this time around, all it means is we get that extra hour of sleep.
So don’t forget to set your clocks back.
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