Were you early for a meeting at least by an hour though you were 15 minutes late? Daylight saving time is here again. Here’s how you can adjust your routine and save money in the process without losing focus on time. Before that, here’s the big answer to the question on your mind.
When does daylight saving time begin in 2022?
Daylight Saving Time kicks off on March 13 in 2022. This means you will be springing your time ahead by one hour. Clocks will be set by one hour ahead. That means you will lose one hour of sleep but gain one hour of daylight. It will end on November 6, 2022.
Why do we practice daylight saving time?
In 1907, British builder William Willet suggested forwarding 20 minutes each Sunday in April and then turning the clock back by 20 minutes each Sunday in October. In 1916, during World War I, Germany and Austria chose to turn the clocks and forward one hour to reduce the use of artificial light and save fuel required to generate electricity.
Soon, in the following year, 16 other countries did the same. And from 1918, the United States became one among them by formally adopting daylight saving time. However, many find it difficult to adjust to the new schedules. Here are some areas that often get disordered during this change:
Increase in electricity bills
According to a study by Yale, Benjamin Franklin endorsed daylight saving time because people “slept during sunlit hours in the morning and burned candles for illumination in the evening.” However, when Indiana mandated daylight saving time In 2006, it was interesting to find that daylight saving cost the state more, with nine million dollars a year. Though Indiana’s electricity used for illumination reduced, electricity used for heating and cooling increased drastically. Even though it’s practiced by 40% of countries globally, these recent studies prove that daylight saving time might not be as practical and effective as it was 100 years ago. Thus, you might want to look for ways to save on electricity bills during this change.
Confusion for the rest of the world
Though over 70 countries use daylight saving time, clocks adjust on different dates twice a year. The time adjustments might be confusing if you travel or schedule international conference calls because time differences between countries would change up to three times within two months.
How it affects productivity
Though we can easily move the clocks forward, the body’s circadian clock will take time to adjust. Some studies show that our biological timing will remain standard even though we force ourselves to alter the social schedules to new clock timings. This affects productivity drastically and will affect your finances.
How to stay productive
Waking up earlier than usual along with exercise could help you fall asleep earlier, and soon you will be working in the new schedule effortlessly. Moreover, this can be a great way to start a healthy lifestyle. Also, keep all your electronic gadgets away an hour before you go to sleep so that your brain will prepare itself to rest when you sleep.
Try setting the room temperature at 70 degrees or lower. Intentionally going outside early in the morning will expose you to sunlight. This will energize your day and adjust your cycle soon so you can work on a healthy lifestyle.