According to History, Germany was the first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time shortly after World War I. The country made the change in an attempt to conserve energy and electricity. The United Kingdom quickly followed their lead.
It’s interesting to note that the concept of springing forward was invented decades before it was actually adopted. Englishman William Willette actually led the campaign to alter our hours.
“While on an early-morning horseback ride around the desolate outskirts of London in 1905, Willett had an epiphany that the United Kingdom should move its clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October so that more people could enjoy the plentiful sunlight. The Englishman published the 1907 brochure The Waste of Daylight and spent much of his personal fortune evangelizing with missionary zeal for the adoption of ‘summer time.”
Have you ask yourself how the time change can cause a fatigue on your part? Sleep experts also worry about what Daylight Saving Time does to people’s health and sleep schedules.
Early Sunday morning, clocks will spring ahead by one hour for Daylight Saving Time and researchers say that by Monday, sleepy employees will be less hard-working and will likely turn to the Internet to kill time. It’s called “cyberloafing” at work, researchers at Penn State, Virginia Tech and Singapore University say, and it dramatically increases the Monday after Daylight Saving Time kicks in compared to preceding and subsequent Mondays.
To reduce the impact of the time change on your part, you might want to take the advice given by Colleen Carney, a Ryerson University professor, author and head of a Toronto-based sleep lab. “You can start by going to bed 15 minutes earlier tonight and getting up 15 minutes earlier tomorrow, in four days you will already have adjusted.”
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