Be sure to “Fall Back” and set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed. Daylight Savings Time officially ends this Sunday at 2am, giving us an extra hour of sleep and helping out with those dark mornings of late.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with coming up with the concept of Daylight Saving Time over a hundred years ago. His “idea” came to being however, during the start of the 1900`s and World War I. The government put this in place to help save fuel and reduce the use of artificial light during the nicer weather of Spring and Summer. For a few years during WWII, the United States observed Daylight Saving Time “year round” to save on wartime resources.
In a nationwide study, having Daylight Saving Time (March-November) helps boost a healthier, more active lifestyle, simply because it stays lighter, longer when the weather is nice. When Daylight Saving Time “ends”, (Nov.-March) people tend to spend more time indoors, to hibernate, and outdoor activities are drastically reduced.
Gaining that extra hour of sleep and brighter mornings comes with a price however. The cold, wintry days, along with a simple lack of light has been attributed to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in some people. In most cases, symptoms – feeling a bit grumpy, moody, or anxious – tend to come and go about the same time each year. People tend to sleep more, loose interest in daily activities and feel drowsy more often, during the time when Daylight Savings ends.
Doctors recommend that a person should be more active during the daytime, helping you have more energy and feel less depressed during this time. Try to get out, especially mornings, and take a walk, ride a stationary, bike, find an indoor pool and swim or simply be with friends. Remember, these shorter days don`t last forever, and staying active during the Fall and Winter will keep you healthier and happier for the Spring and Summer. In the meantime, enjoy that “extra” hour of sleep and welcome getting up each morning…
Story by: Joe Kilroy