Don’t forget. Tonight at 2 am, you need to remember to turn you clocks and watches ahead one hour. Because that is when Daylight Saving Time officially begins.
Okay, before you say it, I know that, technically speaking, 2 am is not tonight. It’s tomorrow morning. Fine. I stand corrected.
Anyway, in the U.S., Daylight Saving Time started as an energy conservation mechanism during the first World War. It became the national standard in the 1960s. The concept behind it was to shift more daylight hours into the evening. So if the sun sets at 8 pm instead of 7 pm, we’d presumably spend less time with the lights on in our homes at night, saving on electricity.
I can’t remember the last time I was still up at 2 am, so I will be going through this semi-annual time-shifting ritual a little early, like at around 10 pm tonight.
And let me point out that it’s Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time. It’s not plural. I’m sure if you diligently point out this common error to your family, friends, and acquaintances, they’ll really appreciate it.