SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 8.  The second Sunday of March seems as if it could come not soon enough.  After these long winter nights with never ending piles of white ice lingering on the lawns, it is time to leave it behind, melt away old worries, and move forward into Spring.

Luckily, in the age of technology, your phone clock will skip ahead one hour while you are sleeping at 2 a.m. this Sunday.  For those with other clocks in your car or around your house, remember to change those by hand.

An easy way to remember the difference between turning clocks forward or backward is when fall arrives; it is “time to fall back,” changing clocks back one hour.  In the case of daylight savings time, it is “time to spring forward,” changing clocks one hour ahead.   Some say we lose an hour of sleep but the benefits of warm weather and pretty flowers far outweigh spending more time inside.  

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The motivated Benjamin Franklin has a famous saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” 

Franklin wrote an essay to a Journal in Paris in 1784 relating to energy efficiency and in his writing he explained that by changing the clocks people would be motivated to arise from sleeping earlier and make more use of the morning daylight.  It was a broad idea in history, circulating all over and President Woodrow Wilson signed daylight saving time into law in the United States in 1918.  It was later reinforced year round by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. 

This Sunday everyone must set their clocks an hour ahead.  It is time to spring ahead, let’s hope this is truly the beginning of spring.