How does Daylight Savings affect you?

Daylight Saving Time is a state by state decision

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The clocks will be ticking one hour ahead with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday morning.

More daylight with the warmer weather has put a smile on people’s faces. Daylight Saving Time will have the clocks ticking an hour ahead beginning at 2 o’clock Sunday morning.

The whole point of turning the clocks ahead an hour is to gain more daylight in the evening hours, and whether you are punctual or not very time sensitive, it affects everyone. On average, we lose about 40 minutes of sleep when we “spring forward” an hour in the spring. The change in our sleep cycle can cause mood swings, irritability, and can also affect our memory, performance, and concentration level.

Susannah Jacobson from Cumberland, Maine told 22News how the time change affects her. “Because I have to wake up earlier with soccer, and just throws it all off.”

Doctors are warning, it can also lead to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke for people with medical issues or elderly. The basic recommendation is getting to sleep a bit earlier Saturday night, and taking a nap Sunday if needed.

Early riser Keith Peters of Springfield told 22News, he thinks it’s just nice to see more daylight. “It’s no big deal, you know, it is what it is. It’s just an hour. Besides, when you wake up early and you’re looking at the clock for that one hour, you’re still looking, and it’s time to get up anyways.”

The State Fire Marshal’s office suggests that when you do change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well.  Also assess if they need to be replaced.

Daylight Saving Time is a state by state decision. Arizona and Hawaii don’t observe the Daylight Saving Time.

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