Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday. Five Things To Know About It

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Each year in early November, the clocks in some countries, including the Bahamas, are set back one hour, ending Daylight Saving Time (DST).

On Sunday, November 1, set your clock back one hour at 2 am, as the Bahamas reverts to Eastern Standard Time.

What’s the point of changing our clocks twice per year? Studies say changing clocks twice yearly, disturbs sleep patterns and affects productivity and health.

Here are five things you should know about the change:

  1. Daylight Saving Time was implemented during World War 1 to conserve energy for the war efforts–decreasing fuel use, lighting and heat.
  2. Adjusting clocks to daylight or standard times affect health and it takes us a while to get use to the change. Daylight-saving time gives more darkness in the morning and more light in the evening, disturbing the body’s natural rhythm resulting in the rise in car accidents and heart attacks. But standard time gives us longer sleep.
  3. We use less gasoline using the standard time and DST increases gasoline consumption, due to more evening activities — and the vehicle use they require — increase with that extra daylight.
  4. With standard time, farmers have sufficient sunlight to prepare their crops for the market. Farmers, would like to see an end to DST since they set their schedules by the sun, not the clock.
  5. Governments around the world are considering scrapping the clock changes and sticking to one time.
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