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Prepare to Lose 1 Hour of Sleep on Sunday March 10th!

Monday, February 25, 2019 - Facts about sleep
Daylight Savings effects on sleep and sleep apnea | VitalAire

The debate is alive around whether Daylight Savings Time actually benefits society. Some have called to end it, citing it causes sleep disruption and really serves little purpose.

Though DST was originally proposed as a way of conserving energy, a 2008 study in the U.S. showed that it may not be so. There is a "tradeoff between reduced demand for lighting and increased demand for heating and cooling." So whether you are pro or against daylight savings time, here are some fun facts about it.

Here are 2 fun facts about Daylight Savings Time

1. Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada, was the first city in the world to enact DST on July 1, 1908.

Port Arthur, Ontario was the first city to introduce Daylight Savings Time

Port Arthur and Fort William (now Thunder Bay) were in the Central Time Zone. A local Port Arthur businessman, John Hewitson petitioned the town council to adjust the clocks to Eastern Time in the summer months so the local children and outdoors people could enjoy an extra hour of summer sun. Council agreed and the town turned its clocks ahead one hour from June to September.

2. The BBC reports, 31 August 2018: Clock changes: European Union backs ending daylight saving time

Is Daylight Savings Time going away?

The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans (80%) opposed it. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said millions "believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that's what will happen".

In a consultation paper it said one option would be to let each member state decide whether to go for permanent summer or winter time. However, The Commission warns that uncoordinated time changes between member states would cause economic harm.

Stay tuned! Remember to  change your clocks March 10th