Is Sunday the Beginning or Ending of Daylight Saving Time?
I get confused every time we have to change our clocks, whether the Spring time change is the beginning or the ending of Daylight Saving Time. Yes, that is Saving with no 'S'. Daylight Saving Time was first adopted in 1918 but was dropped again the next year. It wasn't until 1966 that most of the states began participating in the act of changing clocks twice a year.
Many states are now waging the debate on whether or not we really NEED Daylight Saving Time. After all, we really are not a farming society, saving energy by getting up earlier and going to bed earlier really doesn't make much difference at all, and several states or US territories do not even participate at all. The parts of the US that do not have Daylight Saving Time are Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.
My son and Daughter in Law moved back to Oklahoma from Arizona, and last Spring was her first experience of losing an hour of sleep. (Well, at least to a time change, she does have two young toddlers, so there is that!)
Add to the losing sleep reason to do away with time changes, there is the actual process of changing the time. At last count, in my house, including microwave, stove, TV's and DVD players, and clocks, I think that my husband changes roughly 30 clocks. After figuring out once again how to do just that! Since it only happens twice a year, it's pretty easy to forget!
Whether Oklahoma is one that will keep Daylight Saving Time or not is a debate for another time, I guess. For this weekend, though, we will still be losing an hour of sleep! At least Google helped to answer my first question:
More info on Daylight Saving time can be found here.