(RNN) - The modern version of daylight saving time was used to conserve coal in a time of war, which calls into question just what its purpose still is.
On Sunday, 2 a.m. will instantly turn to 3 a.m., the “spring forward” edition that costs an hour of sleep.
This was originally so it would stay light longer, and people would need less heat, during World War I. The modern concept itself originated with a paper written in 1895 by a New Zealander. It came to Europe in 1907 thanks to an Englishman who, in part, simply wanted to golf longer during summer.
When the war broke out, Germany started the trend in 1916. The other parties of the war followed suit, and the U.S. adopted it in 1918.
We did it again from 1942-45 during World War II, again to conserve energy. From then until 1966 cities and states basically did as they pleased. Then the government passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized DST, allowing for an opt-out provision.
Nowadays the argument in favor of daylight saving time basically boils down to: It feels nice to have the extra daylight. It doesn't actually make the day longer, of course, but a later sunset is generally more noticeable than a later sunrise.
It might make for a nice psychological boost, but as it turns out a few places won't be losing any sleep this weekend:
Additionally, some states are trying to effectively end daylight saving time:
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