Daylight Savings, Spring Forward into Better Sleep

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Day Light Savings (DST) kicked in March 7 this year with a history that dates back centuries.

DST has had an interesting history.  Benjamin Franklin first introduced the idea of daylight-saving time in a 1784 essay titled “An Economical Project”.  The modern concept is credited to George Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand, who in 1895 proposed a two-hour time shift so he’d have more after-work hours of sunshine to go bug hunting in the summer. The concept resurfaced during WWI to save energy. The idea was that people would spend more time outside and less time inside with the lights on at night and, therefore, conserve electricity.

The law “to save daylight” was passed by Congress in 1918. After the war, however, state governments were left to decide whether they wanted to continue with the time change.  The law resurfaced during WWII but again, after the war, the time change decision was left to each state. Daylight saving time didn’t officially become a law until 1966, under the Uniform Time Act.

The reasons for DST are interesting, but we move our clocks ahead by one hour losing an hour of precious sleep. This loss of an hour of sleep is a challenge especially if you are 1 out of 3 adults who already experience sleep issues. If you need help, try Aktive Sleep Booster, Aktive Sleep Solution, or both.

Aktive Lifestyle Tip:

If you have sleep challenges, turn off your digital devices and relax 30 minutes prior to the time you want to fall asleep.

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