Longer days, less sleep - Adjusting to daylight saving time

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Daylight saving time begins this weekend.

So, are you moving your clock one hour forward or backward on Sunday?

Shannon Gardner, cardio-pulmonary manager at Barnesville Hospital and a respiratory therapist registered at the hospital's sleep lab, said there is some concern that there may be more accidents immediately following the time change, due to drivers being exhausted from losing an hour of sleep.

It's time again to abide by the old adage to spring forward (though it's not yet spring) and mark the shift from standard to daylight saving time. Clocks in the US officially change as Daylight Saving Time kicks in at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 10. "So that on Sunday you're right on schedule".

Just hours before the clocks were due to jump forward Sunday, The House passed HB 1196, on an 89-7 vote during a Saturday floor session. One is whether changing the clock is inherently a bad idea, because of sleep disruption, negative health effects and the general confusion generated by a jumpy time system.

Some Oregonians said the time change doesn't affect them much.

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Longer days will mean Marilyn Woods of Martins Ferry will have more time to walk her dog Mitzi, a friendly West Highland white terrier, around the city.

Standard time returns November 3, unless Congress acts on Florida's request before then.

While most people News 8 spoke to were in a good mood, studies find 39 percent of Americans are in a worse mood following the time change. "This can lead to disruptions in sleep until your body adjusts, which can take a few days to a week", said Jeff Hickman, a research scientist at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in Blacksburg.

The Sarasota Republican sponsored the legislation in the House, along with U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, a Punta Gorda Republican. In 2019, Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are the only U.S. states and territories that do not observe Daylight Saving Time. "I think in the hierarchy of importance, this is just not up there".

Reed said while about half the states are seeking to move to permanent daylight saving time, like Washington and California, about half have bills to adopt permanent standard time.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., last week reintroduced a bill to make Daylight Saving Time a year-round reality across the country, with no more biannual time changes.

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