Feel a little groggy from missing an hour of sleep Saturday night? You're not alone. Daylight saving time affects us all in more ways than you might think.
Here are a few of them:
1. For starters, it's "daylight saving time" -- without an "s" on the end of "saving." Now you can correct all your friends.
2. The time switch has mixed effects on people's health. Night owls tend to have more trouble than early birds, according to a Finnish study in 2008.
3. There is a spike in heart attacks during the first week of DST, as well as a slight drop in attacks during the first week after DST ends, conversely, the extra hour of "fall back" sleep promotes general well-being.
4. Not surprisingly, people are safer drivers during daylight hours. U.S. News Health indicates that observing DST year-round could prevent 195 motor-vehicle deaths and 171 pedestrian fatalities per year.
5. Credit (or blame) for DST rests with Benjamin Franklin, who published "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light" in a 1784 journal after he noticed that people burned candles at night but slept past dawn
6. The average DST observer uses 1 percent less energy for lighting but 2 percent to 3 percent more for heating and air-conditioning.
It is, however, a convenient reminder for homeowners to change the batteries in their smoke detectors.
Personally, I like DST. It keeps things interesting. But the new world is all about facts and common sense.
In the new world, there will be no time change.
AND SO IT SHALL BE WRITTEN!