Friday, April 1, 2005

Shining The Light On Daylight Saving Time

ZEELAND, Mich. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Sunday (Apr. 3) marks the day when you turn your clocks forward for spring, but before you get the time right, make sure you get the name right.

It’s called “Daylight SAVING Time,” not “Daylight SAVINGS Time,” and it’s been mandatory in the U.S., except for Hawaii, Arizona and half of Indiana since 1966.

According to stats compiled by the Howard Miller clock company, the extra hours of afternoon daylight trim electricity usage and reduce traffic injuries and crime.

Not everyone has a good time during Daylight Saving: Farmers say it throws off animals’ feeding schedules and employment researchers say the lost hour of sleep reduces productivity by 30 percent.

If you have trouble adjusting to the time change, sleep researcher Ray Sehelian says having intense sex before falling asleep tomorrow night (Apr. 2) increases the body’s supply of “oxytocin,” a chemical that helps sleep.

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