You get an extra hour of sleep this weekend, but is it worth it?

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - In the spring we set our clocks ahead one hour. We spring forward. Daylight Saving Time begins.

This upcoming weekend? We're going to set those clocks back an hour. Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.

So what's the deal with all of this clock back-and-forward stuff? Well, the idea is nothing new. George Hudson proposed the idea back in 1895. The German Empire and Austria/Hungary implemented it in April 1916. Many countries have used it, especially since the energy crisis of the 1970s.

People for the time change say it:

  • Promotes outdoor activity in evening during summer
  • Is good for physical and psychological health
  • Reduces traffic accidents and crime

Supporters tend to be urban workers, retailers, outdoor enthusiasts, tourism operators, and others who benefit from more light.

People against the change say:

  • Energy savings are inconclusive
  • It increases health risks such as heart attack
  • It disrupts morning activities

Interestingly enough, farmers -- as a group -- tend to oppose Daylight Saving Time.

An early goal of the change was to reduce energy use of evening incandescent lighting. Though energy conservation remains a primary goal, energy usage has changed. Electric use is impacted by geography, climate, and economics. It's very hard to generalize by single studies.

Whatever side of the fence you fall on, let this serve as a reminder that you fall back this weekend, Sunday at 2 a.m. (You get an extra hour of sleep.)

This is a great time of year to test/change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

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