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March 8, 2014

Daylight-saving time tradeoff

Missing that hour of sleep is worth it, some P-R Facebook readers say

PLATTSBURGH — Is an hour’s lost sleep worth the tradeoff of more daylight?

Time springs ahead at 2 a.m. Sunday, as daylight saving time kicks in to, obviously, allow more daylight in daytime.

World War I, according to the National Geographic website, prompted the first adoption of a required time change — Germany took the step to cut back the use of artificial light to save coal for its war machine.

The U.S. standardized daylight saving time started in 1918, though it was left up to the states whether to use it.

Daylight saving time was mandatory during World War II, again to save resources.

It has been optional for states since the war’s end, however. 

Press-Republican Facebook readers weighed in on whether losing that last hour abed is worth it.

Here are some responses: 

Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten: “No. I always feel jet lagged when we switch the time around. Not looking forward to it this weekend, at all.”

Ann Jason Whalen: “After the winter we just had, I don’t care if I lost 3 hours. lol”

Lisa Lawrence: “I love the light in the evening, but I wonder if this practice of changing the clocks twice a year is obsolete in our 24/7 world.”

Desiree Jordan: “Stupid question but I put our clocks an hour ahead right lol?”

Carissa Roberts Demers: “Yes!”

Rebecca Lawrence: “Also the loss of an hour doesn’t bother me at all. Never has, I just go to bed an hour earlier to make up for it in sleep time...”

Loreen Light: “Yes it is worth it. You get an hour longer of daylight at the onset of the time change. The gardens get more attention and people can enjoy the outside weather longer.”


And of course, changing clocks can cause confusion, as some recalled from past years:

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