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Some states making moves to opt out of daylight saving time

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Daylight Saving Time adjustments could lead to health risks, studies say

It's time to spring forward again, as the country makes the switch to daylight saving time. Currently, it is observed from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November. While cell phones and many digital clocks adjust automatically, traditional clocks don't and, since few people feel it necessary to wait until 2 a.m.to make the change, it's customary to move clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

Clocks will be turning an hour ahead tomorrow morning. meaning you'll lose an hour of sleep.

Although it's a century-old idea, the policy wasn't introduced until Germany implemented it during World War I, thinking more daylight hours might help conserve energy. It was repealed a year later, then re-established during World War II, and finally standardized in 1966.

Traveling out through the U.S. territories, you'll also find many places that don't observe Daylight Saving Time, including the commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Marina Islands; the U.S. Virgin Islands; American Samoa; and Guam. "Subsequently, notwithstanding subdivision (b), the daylight saving time period will not end and will apply year-round". It was also viewed as a way to get more people out doing things (namely spending money) during the week. Driving between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.is particularly risky, because your circadian rhythm is at its lowest during this two-hour period.

Unless California approves the bill (and the feds support it) standard time will return to the Golden State on November 3. A search on Change.org returns hundreds of petitions mentioning daylight saving time, most of which appear to support abolishing it.

On Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R- Florida, introduced Senate Bill 670 in the Senate, which would allow all states to switch to year-round daylight saving time if they pass a bill through the state legislature. Its roots go back further than that though.

According to Winston Churchill, Daylight Saving Time expands "opportunities for the pursuit of health and happiness" for millions of people by optimizing the daylight hours.

"The biological clock is quite able to adapt to a one hour phase advance, but usually it takes time", Carrier said.

Floridians - like the rest of us - will just have to go with the flow, for now at least.

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