Daylight-saving time will bring sunshine and clouds
A mix of sunshine and clouds are in store for the Boulder area this weekend.
Saturday’s high will be around 50 degrees with partly cloudy skies and light winds. Sunday will be sunny at times with increased cloud cover in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 40s with lows in the upper 20s.
Daylight-saving time begins this weekend at 2 a.m. Sunday. The second Sunday in March is the official day to “spring forward” by setting clocks ahead one hour.
Unfortunately, this means losing one hour of sleep.
Medical experts suggest going to bed 15 to 20 minutes early the few nights before the time changes, in order to ease into a new sleep schedule and be able to stay awake in class Monday morning.
Another suggestion is to set the clock ahead in the early part of the evening on the day of the time change and then go to bed at your regular time. You may also want to adjust other parts of your daily routine, such as eating dinner an hour earlier.
Students who forgot about the time change might be in store for a disappointment when they find out they’re losing an hour of precious sleep.
“Ugh, we lose an hour. Wait, I mean gain an hour. I don’t know,” said Gina Ayers, a freshman pre-journalism major. “What I do know is that we “spring forward” and hopefully that means we get an extra hour of sleep.”
The time change may seem like nothing but an inconvenience to some, but it was actually established in order to save energy. It gets dark later during daylight-saving time, meaning people use less energy and lighting in their homes.
“I think the purpose of the time change is so that that the day is longer and we get to spend more time outside in the summer,” Ayers said.
Some may find it difficult to remember to set their clocks ahead and will need reminding.
“I know exactly when the time change is,” said Tia Jones, 20, a junior political science major. “It’s the two times a year when my mom tells me to change my clock.”
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