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Daylight Saving Time: Five Things to Know While US, Canada Change Clocks


Daylight Saving Time was introduced in the United States in 1918 to conserve energy for WWI. However, the law has been controversial ever since. Farmers demanded to have the law revoked. However, DST was again enacted during WWII. This year, it starts at 2 am Central Time (7 pm in Sydney) on March 13.

According to The Verge, the US government reintroduced DST in 1966, but some states like Hawaii and Arizona did not follow it. President George W. Bush passed a law in 2007 to expand DST by more than a month. These days, DST runs between March and November in the country.

Canada did it first

Even before the US did it, Canada had started it in 1908. It was first implemented in Thunder Bay.

Benefits of DST

DST advocates say it saves energy. According to a study in the 70s, there was a one percent benefit in energy use. However, more recent researches show no additional benefit. Some other researches claim DST means using more energy.

Making changes

Clocks will be set 60 minutes ahead. The government suggests testing smoke alarms in bedrooms at home, while getting adjusted to DST. It helps being a reminder of putting fresh batteries, which should be done again on November 6, when the standard time comes back.

Getting used to transition

It takes up to two weeks to get used to the new timings. Kelly Brown of Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center believes people should consult a physician if they feel sleepy during the day. “Sleep disorders are highly treatable and their treatment can make a dramatic change in your health and daytime functioning,” CTV News quoted her as saying.

Jokes about DST

Like everything else in the world, DST also becomes a reason for funny sayings and jokes. “Daylight savings time is tonight and is one of the best excuses for not being on time, needs to happen more often,” one of the funny quotes on Search Quotes says. “My favourite holiday is Daylight Savings Time when we get an extra hour of sleep,” another quotes says.


DST for Sydney ends at 3 am on April 3. It is going to start again on October 2, 2016. Clocks will be moved one hour forward.

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