Spring Forward For Daylight Saving Time This Weekend
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s time to spring forward once again as daylight saving time begins this weekend.
Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, but make sure to turn the clock ahead before heading to bed Saturday night to avoid getting up late.
Daylight saving time runs from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.
The practice of turning our clocks forward started in World War I when the country adopted the system in an effort to conserve fuel.
But not every place makes the switch. Hawaii, Arizona outside the Navajo Indian territories, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas all stay on standard time.
Losing an hour of sleep could make for some drowsy driving come Monday morning.
Studies show crashes jump 17 percent after the spring clock change, 1010 WINS reported.
“Most engineers and scientists believe it has to do with the fact that many people haven’t adjusted and therefore get one hour less of sleep, add that to the millions of drivers on the road and you increase the probability of crashes,” Sam “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz told 1010 WINS.
Dr. Nina Radcliff told The Couch that for most people it takes two days to adjust to the change.
“For people who suffer from sleep depravation — that’s 70 million Americans, it can take up to two weeks,” Radcliff said.
She suggests getting a head start on daylight saving time and going to sleep 30 minutes earlier Friday night.
“That might not mean a fun filled Friday night, but come Monday youll be glad you did,” Radcliff said.
Sleep depravation could also make you gain weight.
“Not getting enough sleep can throw your hormones completely out of whack,” Radcliff said. “We desire more high-calorie, high-dense, high-energy food and one study showed that we can consume up to 600 to 1,000 calories extra in just one day and that can really pack on the pounds.”
Meanwhile, daylight saving also serves as a reminder to check and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
“A working smoke detector is vital to escaping and surviving a fire,” Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano said. “Every year, in 75 percent of fire-related deaths in New York City, there is no working smoke detector present.”
The FDNY will be distributing 30,000 batteries, electronic candles and fire safety materials at 27 transportation hubs and shopping centers throughout the five boroughs this weekend.
See below for a list of times and locations:
Friday, March 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- East 149th Street-Grand Concourse train station in Mott Haven.
- Coney Island Terminal at Stillwell and Mermaid avenues in Coney Island.
- Broadway Junction Complex at Jamaica Avenue and Fulton Street in Cypress Hills.
- Crown Heights-Utica Avenue Station at Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.
- West 168th Street station at Broadway in Washington Heights.
- West 125th Street station at Broadway in Harlem.
- 14th Street-Union Square station at Union Square West (Broadway) in Greenwich Village.
- 61st Street-Woodside station at 61st Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside.
- Jamaica Centre-Parsons/Archer station in Jamaica.
- St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal at 1 Bay Street in St. George.
Saturday, March 8 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Kmart at 1998 Bruckner Boulevard in Parkchester.
- Target at 40 West 225th Street in Marble Hill.
- Target at 139 Flatbush Avenue in Boerum Hill.
- Target at 517 East 117th Street in East Harlem.
- Queens Center Mall/JC Penney wing at 90-15 Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst.
- Target at 40-24 College Point Boulevard in Flushing.
- Target at 2900 Veterans Road West in Tottenville.
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