Daylight Savings Time

Daylight savings time begins this Sunday bringing back the recurring discussion: Why do we even do this? The concept of daylight savings can be observed going back into ancient times in various forms to address the fact that with the shifting seasons comes different lengths of daylight. Livescience reports that modern daylight savings was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin to merge the changing daylight hours with mechanical clocks that always kept the same schedule. Today’s daylight savings time goes back to the Uniform Time Act of 1966 but as everyone’s sleep becomes disrupted twice a year in a time when electric lighting is available at any hour, people debate the necessity.