12 March 2011

Spring Ahead! DST or Daylight Shifting

Did you know Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea of daylight saving time?

Most areas of North America and Europe including Russia observe daylight saving time (DST), while most areas of Africa and Asia do not. South America is mixed, with Most countries in the warmer northern part of South America near the equator don't observe DST, while Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay and southern parts of Brazil do. New Zealand and parts of southern Australia observe DST, while most other areas in the Oceanic region do not.

For more information on which regions observe daylight saving(s) time (DST) see

For those of you who do observe daylight saving time, tonight is the night we set our clocks ahead one hour.  (2 am) Essentially we lose one hour of sleep time, but on the bright side, we gain one more awake hour of sunlight. In theory, at least. Does your province or state do daylight saving time?  What do you think of it?  Should we all be like Saskatchewan and not change at all?  Besides the supposed savings in energy costs, what are the benefits of daylight saving time?

*Remember change the batteries in your smoke detectors and test them.


Rambling Woods said...

I didn't know this Shirley..but I missed the sleep...lol... Michelle

Lisa Blair said...

I didn't know Ben Franklin thought up Daylight Savings Time.

We do practice DST down in Mississippi. I like having the longer days, but it is always difficult for me (a night owl) to wake up an hour earlier. I have got to get in the swing of it.


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