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Spring Forward Time Change

Spring Forward Time Change

For those who like to sleep in, we'll get that extra hour back on November 4th.

Ancient agrarian civilizations used a form of daylight saving time, adjusting their timekeeping depending on the sun's activity.

Next week is National Sleep Week and we'll be hearing more from Dr. Rummel on healthy sleep habits and why they are so important but for now start adjusting the time change now. Those locales don't observe Daylight Saving Time and operate instead on permanent standard time. DST supposedly would save energy and reduce reliance on oil imported from unfriendly nations in the Middle East because people returning home from work would not have to turn on their lights until sunset one hour later than standard time.

The first places to use daylight saving time were some cities and regions of Canada in the early 1900s and then Germany in World War I. This was also around the same time the US first implemented the plan.

The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott - but it's far from a done deal after that. Daylight saving is a man-made construct and one that's not observed across the world.

Come March 11 at 2 a.m. most of America will be "springing forward" as daylight saving time kicks in, giving us another hour of sunlight.

The entire southern hemisphere: A few countries, mostly in South America, do observe daylight saving time. Most of the United States will spring forward Sunday, except for Hawaii and Arizona, which opted out of daylight saving time.

Arizona and Hawaii will not.

Florida isn't the first state or territory to push back against the Uniform Time Act since Daylight Saving Time was introduced in 1966. Also, heart attacks spike after DST goes into effect. Cognizant of that, most of the New England states contemplating a change made it contingent on their neighbors' doing the same.

Do you think it's important to change the clocks?

Some headache triggers - like the weather and Daylight Saving Time - can't be changed, but reducing exposure to triggers that are within our control, can help bring relief.