Yes, it was back to Daylight Savings Time on Sunday. Yet another weekend hour ripped from us. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has offered tips to cope with the effect of setting our clocks ahead one hour.
  • Several days before the time change, adjust your sleep schedule by going to bed an hour earlier. 
  • Several days before the time change, have dinner one hour earlier. 
  • On Sunday, be extra careful when driving or operating heavy machinery. 
  • No matter how tired you are on Sunday, don't take a nap. 
  • On Monday, try to keep a light schedule, driving as little as possible and avoiding strenuous physical activity. 
  • In the days before and immediately after the time change, do eat properly, stay hydrated and exercise. 
Daylight saving time will be extra special this year, as it marks the 100th anniversary of the event. The tradition of turning clocks forward officially began on March 19, 1918. Here's some DST facts and trivia:
  • It was established during World War I as "a way of conserving fuel needed for war industries and of extending the working day," according to the Library of Congress. But it was only temporary. The law was repealed about a year later, on August 20, 1919, as soon as the war was over. 
  • In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Uniform Time Act, declaring daylight saving time a policy of the U.S. and establishing uniform start and end times within standard time zones. 
  • Daylight saving time and time zones are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) under the Uniform Time Act. Daylight saving begins each year on the second Sunday in March, starting at 2am. 
  • If a state chooses to observe Daylight Saving Time, it must begin and end on federally mandated dates. Hawaii, most of Arizona, and a handful of U.S. territories - including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands - do not observe daylight saving time. 
  • In 1986, Congress extended daylight saving from a six- to seven-month period and extended it again in 2005 to eight months -- mid-March to mid-November.


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