You may have heard the term daylight saving time for several times already. But did you really know what it means? First, it's called 'saving time' and not 'savings' as what everyone so often mistakenly says.
REUTERS Richard Doerner, a museum specialist for the U.S. Senate, restarts the historic Ohio Clock outside the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 17, 2013. The clock had stopped during the sixteen-day government shutdown, when the staff members who wind it were furloughed as non-essential staff. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
This year, the daylight saving ends Nov. 3. Before that happens, we present to you a good set of fast facts about it.
It is often believed that the Daylight Saving Time (DST) causes some effect on people's health. Some of these effects include being restless during nighttime, especially those who are considered as owls. This was according to a 2008 study made by Finnish researchers.
During DST, it was observed by another study that people tend to driver safer leading to a decreased number of car accidents. This means that if DST will be observed for the entire year, then there will certainly be fewer deaths caused by vehicular accidents. This goes the same for the crime rates according to the U.S. Law Enforcement Assistant Administration.
He is the very first American to initiate the daylight saving time. It was in 1784 when he realized that many burned too many candles during the nighttime but hit the bed even after dawn during the summer season which led to the waste of morning sunlight.
Rise In Heart Attacks
It has been observed that there is a rise in heart attack cases during the DST. A 2008 study was published according to U.S. News Health that when people tend to lose even just an hour of sleep, they become more prone to suffering from a heart attack.
Not All Countries Observe DST
A good reason for this is that some countries find it confusing, especially for those who travel from other parts of the world or even get in the way of various business matters. In fact, even in the U.S., there are two states and four U.S. territories that do not observe it.
Richard Doerner, a museum specialist for the U.S. Senate, restarts the historic Ohio Clock outside the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 17, 2013. The clock had stopped during the sixteen-day government shutdown, when the staff members who wind it were furloughed as non-essential staff. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst