Daylight Saving Time Begins: Set Your Clocks Forward on March 10

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  • By Sean Worrell
  • 12th Flying Training Wing

In the annual tradition that marks a transition from winter to spring for many, Daylight Saving Time (DST) prompts millions across the United States to "spring forward" by setting their clocks one hour ahead. This year, the change occurs on the second Sunday in March, compelling Airmen and families to adjust their schedules accordingly.

The inception of DST can be traced back to the early 20th century, initially proposed to make better use of daylight and to conserve energy during World War I. Though its effectiveness and impact on energy savings have been subjects of debate, the tradition persists, influencing various aspects of daily life and activities.

As clocks leap forward, the shift is not without its challenges. Research suggests that changing our clock twice a year can have various health consequences and are disruptive to our circadian rhythms. According to the National Institute of Health, time change can affect you physically, mentally, change your food intake, stress levels, physical activity and affect you socially. 

Beyond its impact on sleep, DST offers longer evening daylight, a welcome change for many looking to shake off the winter blues. From after-work outdoor activities to extended business hours for shops and cafes, the extra hour of daylight in the evening supports recreational and economic activities alike.

Yet, the advent of DST is also a harbinger of the inevitable "fall back" in autumn when clocks are set an hour back to standard time, a reminder of the cyclic nature of timekeeping practices.

Despite the negative effects surrounding DST, the annual ritual underscores a collective movement towards longer days, warmer weather, and the rejuvenation of spring. As society adjusts to the time change, the promise of sunnier days ahead offers a beacon of hope and renewal.