SPRING FORWARD: Daylight saving time begins Sunday

SPRING FORWARD: Daylight saving time begins Sunday

By overwhelming, bipartisan majorities, the normally fractious Senate and House agreed this week to make Florida the first in the nation to adopt year-round daylight saving time statewide. Were set to move our clocks ahead one hour this Sunday.

Next: DST does more than just change the sunrise and sunset.

Surprisingly, DST can have serious impacts on your health. We're with him on no more twice-yearly time changes but less persuaded that New Mexico should leave the Mountain time zone.

Seemingly, the only reason we're still doing these time switches is because we have this sense that it would be hard to stop. Plus, most people working early shifts would still be asleep.

While that may not seem like much, studies have shown your risk of stroke and heart attack go up for a couple days.

Most countries outside Europe and North America don't take part in DST.

This weekend it's time to change our clocks once again.

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Sarasota Republican Senator Greg Steube, the lead sponsor of the bill, said Floridians are exhausted of going "back and forth" and changing their clocks, internal and external, twice a year. If it's a nice day, we're under the blue sky. So, when the retinas in our eyes sense light, either sunlight or artificial lights, they send signals to the pineal gland to stop the production of melatonin.

However, since no politician has made prolonging daylight-saving time a campaign issue, it appears the switching will continue.

It doesn't - the time change is man-made. If we work regular hours, then when we get home at 5:30 or 6 p.m.in the summer, we've still got two or three hours of daylight. For example, on the shortest day of 2017, the winter solstice of the northern hemisphere on December 21, sunrise was at 7:04 a.m. and sunset was at 5:34 p.m. As a result, we may consume several hundred additional calories. Writing for Today's Parent, sleep consultant Alanna McGinn advises parents to use blackout curtains to "make bedtime nice and dark".

Make sure your family has an emergency exit plan in case there is a fire in the home.

As cartographer and blogger Andy Woodruff aptly writes: "Usually the whining [about daylight saving time] is short-term shock at the sudden change in the timing of day and night, not a reasoned assessment of what it means for the timing of daylight over the whole year". Good news, like all debt, with some work, it can be repaid. Even wearing sunglasses when you are trying to get your body ready for bed might help. It could potentially wreak havoc on travel and communication for several months of the year. Before bedtime, quiet things down; play relaxing music, read, meditate, or take a warm bath.

But it's more serious than that - Daylight Saving Time is literally killing us.

Smartphones are programmed to adjust automatically to DST's beginning and end, but many watches and clocks must be reset manually.