SHORT HILLS, NJ - Ever wonder why we set our clocks forward and backward each year? There has to some astrophysical, space-time continuum, Aztec calendar reason for it, right?
Nope. The only reason we go through this bi-annual ritual is simply because we want more daylight.
Benjamin Franklin first came up with the idea of daylight savings in 1784, then the idea was advocated seriously by London builder William Willett. He was struck by the fact his blinds were closed when the sun had fully risen. Rather than get up an hour earlier, he advocated to just set the clocks forward by an hour as to not waste daylight.