Is daylight saving time tonight? The spring forward time change 2022 starts tomorrow, 1 week before equinox

NEW YORK – It’s almost time to jump forward!

Summer time 2022 starts at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 13in most United States.

Don’t forget to put your clocks ahead an hour before bed on Saturday night to avoid being late for morning activities.

It also means that on Sunday the sun will set around or after 7 p.m. in major U.S. cities like Chicago (6:55 p.m.), Los Angeles (6:59 p.m.) and New York (7:01 p.m.) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Some lucky cities like Raleigh (7:20 p.m.) and Houston (7:29 p.m.) will experience even longer days.

And once Daylight Saving Time begins, Spring is just a week away, with an official start at 11:33 am ET on Sunday, March 20thaccording to AccuWeather.

Contrary to popular misconception, summer time lasts longer than half of the year. Rather, it extends over a period of almost eight months and ends on Sunday 6 November 2022.

Daylight Saving Time: Fact and Fiction

  • It’s Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Saving Time. You save daylight, not daylight.
  • The system was first proposed over 200 years ago as an economical proposition to maximize daylight hours and save on candles.
  • The Germans were the first to officially introduce the light extension system in 1915 as a fuel economy measure during World War I.
  • From 1986 to 2006, Daylight Saving Time in the US began in April and ended in October, but was extended from March to November starting in 2007.
  • About 70 countries around the world observe DLS.
  • Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and most of Arizona don’t observe the DST.

How does daylight saving time affect health?

In addition to fatigue, the transition can also affect your heart and brain, according to the American Heart Association. Hospitalizations for an irregular heartbeat pattern known as atrial fibrillation, as well as heart attacks and strokes, increase in the early days of daylight saving time.

“Daylight saving time feels a bit like jet lag when traveling across time zones,” said Dr. Angela Holliday-Bell, Pediatrician and Board-Certified Clinical Sleep Specialist.

“Your body needs time to adjust to a new light-dark cycle, so it can be tough on the body and tough on sleep,” Holliday-Bell said.

This cycle, also known as the circadian rhythm, is a finely tuned system our bodies use to regulate time, she said. For most people, this cycle is around 24 hours and 15 minutes.

“It dictates all of the processes that go on in your body — including sleep, wakefulness, and digestion,” Holliday-Bell said. Even the immune system is controlled by your circadian rhythm, which means that “if you lose an hour, you lose some immune function, too,” she explains.

Sleep deprivation can also slow down the brain’s executive function, which explains the increase in car accidents seen with the daylight saving time change. Mood can also suffer.

Experts agree that there are several strategies to prepare your body year-round and for the days leading up to Daylight Savings Time.

Will the US ever end Daylight Saving Time?

There aren’t many public policy issues on which about 75% of Americans dislike the status quo, and there’s no real partisan divide

But nothing is being done to avoid daylight saving time, because Americans agree on the problem but not on the solution.

The fight for daylight saving time has been going on for more than 100 years now. Should we turn the clocks forward in spring and back in autumn? If not, should we stick with either Daylight Saving Time or the more traditional Standard Time?

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 18 states have passed legislation to stop the daylight saving time, and another 22 are considering doing so this year.

Some federal lawmakers, like Republican Senator Marco Rubio, have also proposed banning the daylight saving time.

Ultimately, the decision rests with Congress, which would need to amend the Federal Uniform Time Act of 1966.

It turns out that, as with many other issues and national debates, there are competing special interests with big bucks at stake.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, which monitors daylight saving time, says the extra sunlight later in the day saves energy, leads to fewer traffic and pedestrian deaths, and reduces lawlessness because “more people go about their business during the day than at night, when more crime happen.”

A permanent switch to Daylight Saving Time could result in more children getting ready for school and adults getting ready in the dark for brainwork, and the one-year standard time would make the sunsets earlier.

How can people prepare for the time change?

Try gradually preparing the body to lose that hour of sleep. Slowly adjusting your sleep schedule about a month in advance can reduce the effects of the daylight saving time.

ABC News chief correspondent Dr. Ashton said that light eating throughout the day can help keep the circadian rhythm balanced.

It also helps minimize screen time and avoid bright lights.

“Be aware of our mood swings. This can really affect people, and I think it’s important not to dismiss these changes,” she said.

The Associated Press, CNNWire, and ABC News contributed to this report.

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