Alas, Daylight Saving Time is here again. But why do we even go through this yearly routine in the first place?

This is probably something that you’ve wondered, but not cared enough about to actually go digging for answers.

We wanted to help out and save you time (pun intended), so we did the research for you — and figured throwing in some interesting tidbits while we were at it.

First, What is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving Time is the 8-month period between adjusting our clocks forward one hour in the spring (“spring forward”) and moving them back an hour in the fall (“fall back”).

Where Did the Idea Come From?

While it dates back to the beginning of civilization, Ben Franklin is often credited with introducing the ideain 1784. His reasoning: people can save money by replacing expensive candle use with free daylight. As a side note, he most likely would’ve appreciated technology such as smart thermostats that homeowners enjoy today.

Why We Love It.

For starters, we get more time in the sun for outdoor recreation during the spring and summer months. Here is an article that talks about Vitamin D and other health benefits of sunlight.

And with more time spent outside and away from the home, you save on energy bill costs … in theory. Some studies have actually shown an increase in residential energy consumption, mainly due to AC use during Daylight Saving Time.

Why We Hate It.

Well, Daylight Saving Time can be really confusing! Hopefully this post has been providing some clarity.

Additionally, adjusting our clocks throws off our sleep schedules. Did you know that there’s a link between sleep deprivation and an increase in heart attacks after switching our clocks forward this time of the year?

Bet You Didn’t Know This …

Daylight Saving Time is a standard practice in every state, except for Arizona and Hawaii.

Now’s A Good Time

Now that you’re a genius when it comes to Daylight Saving Time, we’ve compiled a short list of things for you to do this weekend (aside from setting your clocks forward, that is).

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In the meantime, click on the image below to access a free PDF checklist.