Time Changes Tonight: Less Sleep, More Football
Get ready to lose one hour of precious sleep tonight… And set your clocks one hour ahead on Sunday, March 29, at 2 a.m. (that is the theory, you can do it when you go to sleep tonight, or even when you wake up tomorrow :-)). And no worries, your coaches (or at least those who will not forget to reset the clocks) will give you more football time tomorrow to compensate for sleep deprivation…
And now some theory for those who care. Daylight Savings Time (DST) , also known in some countries as Summer Time, is a custom observed almost all around the world. The European Union adopted the summer time period that was used in the United Kingdom for many years, which begins on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October.
DST is a change in time to get better use of the daylight by having the sun rise one hour earlier in the morning and set one hour earlier in the evening. Ancient civilizations were known to practice a similar process where they would adjust their daily schedules along with the sun. DST was first adopted by Germans to replace artificial lighting so they could save fuel for the war effort in Germany during World War I. Soon Britain and many countries from both sides, including the United States adopted as well. Many countries reverted back to standard time post-World War I, and it wasn’t until the next World War that DST would make its return to many countries in order to save vital energy resources for the war. Daylight saving time is now implemented in over seventy countries worldwide and affects over a billion people each year. Although many countries observe DST, the beginning and end dates are often different than the US.