It’s Time to Spring Forward With Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time 2013 starts on Sunday (March 10) at 2 a.m. and losing that hour of sleep has some taking the change better than others.

Amanda Wooten, who has two children, said, “I don’t like it because I don’t get much sleep as it is.”

On the other hand, Tami Shaver, who lives in Rogers, said, “I’m really excited for more sunlight when I get off of work at night.”

Whether you like it or not, it’s time to spring forward. It first became widely used back in WWI, but it wasn’t until 2005 when it was extended by four weeks to save electricity.

“Some of my stuff is automated like my phone but it’s just one more thing mandated by the government,” said Whitfield Hyman, UA law student.

University of Arkansas law professor Dustin Buehler wrote an article claiming that year-round daylight saving time would save hundreds of lives.

Hyman agrees with his professor’s conclusion.

“It would cause an X amount less of traffic accidents per year across U.S.,” Hyman said. “It was quite a lot.”

Starting Sunday, you wake up to darkness but see the sun hang out a bit longer. Sleeping patterns get disrupted during this transition.

“Probably just a couple of days,” Shaver said. “It stinks that it happens on Saturdays. I’ll be tired for church tomorrow morning but after that I’ll probably be OK.”

Moms and dads will need to help their kids adjust.

“You just stick to the same time and it’s an hour off so they can go to bed early technically,” Wooten said.

Clocks will be changed back the first Sunday in November.

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