It has been a long, cold, gray winter. I'm certainly ready for bright sunshine and warmer weather. Spring arrives on Sunday, March 20th, but we'll spring our clocks ahead before that for Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving Time started in the United States during World War 1 as the government looked for ways to conserve the coal used for heating homes. It was unpopular and quickly abolished but brought back in the 1960s. The majority of states observe DST however some, including Minnesota, are trying to do away with the time change.

Will Minnesota Become the 8th State to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent?

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The Federal Government needs to OK time changes, but State Representative, Mike Freiberg, told KARE 11 that our local leaders are ready to "lock the clock." Freiberg said, "Once Congress gives Minnesota authorization to move to daylight saving time permanently, we will switch to DST in the spring and never change our clocks again."

When Do We Change Our Clocks For Daylight Saving Time?

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Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13, 2022. Time will spring forward at 2:00 AM and won't fall back until Nov. 6 when Daylight Saving Time ends. Find out why the time change occurs at 2:00 AM below.

The Health Effects of Daylight Saving Time

The Sleep Foundation says the time changes could have a negative impact on your physical and mental well-being: "One study found that the average person receives 40 minutes less sleep5 on the Monday after “Springing Forward” compared to other nights of the year. Researchers have also noted negative effects that occur during the transition from DST to Standard Time in November. In addition to sleep loss, people are at greater risk of mood disturbance, suicide, and being involved in traffic accidents during both bi-annual transition periods. However, experts suggest that long term, there is a reduction of accidents as more people drive home from work in daylight.

Why Do We Change Clocks at 2:00 AM?

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According to Time Magazine, Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 a.m. because it was the time of day that would least impact travel. "When the country first experimented with Daylight Saving Time in 1918 during World War I, there were actually no trains that left New York City at 2 a.m. on a Sunday. Sunday morning at 2 a.m. was when they would interrupt the least amount of train travel around the country.”

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