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Daylight Savings 2013 Is Almost Here! When To Set The Clocks Back This Sunday So You Aren't Caught In A Time Crunch

By Jesse Lent | March 05, 2013 12:18 PM EST

Daylight Savings 2013 will take place this Sunday at 2 a.m.

Americans will move their clocks forward by one hour for the time-honored tradition of Daylight Savings and lose an hour of sleep in the process. It will be the first time change of 2013.

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At 2 a.m. Sunday, Daylight Savings Time (also known as Daylight Saving Time) will cause clocks to spring ahead one hour to 3 a.m.

Daylight Savings 2013 will end on November 3.

It was Ben Franklin who first came up with the idea of Daylight Savings Time in a 1784 essay suggesting it would be a good way to save money on candles. 

In 1966 the U.S. government enacted the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which outlined Daylight Saving Time was to begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday in October.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed when Daylight Savings Time takes place, declaring it would begin 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and end at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November.

States are not legally bound to observe Daylight Savings Time. Arizona and Hawaii, do not.

Arizona reportedly tried Daylight Savings Time for one year in the 1960s, but it was abandoned after residents found no personal benefit.

Arizona's Navajo people do observe Daylight Savings Time. According to timeanddate.com, this is because the Navajo Nation lands include the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Next year, Daylight Savings Time will begin on March 9 and end on November 2.

According to Discovery, a 2007 Rand Corporation study found Daylight Savings Time led to a 10 percent drop in car crashes.

Despite that fact, Dr. Katherine Buki, who specializes in sleep medicine in Frederick, Md., says the Daylight Savings change can be jarring.

"You're setting the clock ahead so you've lost an hour, and that's not nice," Buki told FrederickNewsPost.com. "And if you happen to be a little phase delayed...this is going to aggravate it."

 

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