Every year on the second Sunday in March, most of the Unites State will "spring forward" for Daylight Saving Time.

At 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning most of America advances their clocks one hour to 3 a.m., and we "lose" one hour due to the transition.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 enacted new rules about Daylight Saving Time and Standard Time. Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday of March, and doesn't end until the first Sunday in November (when we go back to Standard Time), leaving Americans will 238 days of DST time according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's website.

Our nation's time zones and daylight saving time are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transporation, and the changes were made official in 2007. The reason according to the NIST? To reduce energy consumption. Does it work? That remains a huge debate to this day! There are studies both for and against the change.

There was a time in our country when time zones and DST were not regulated. Imagine going from your state to another, you think it's 8:00 p.m., but in there state, it's not. It had to be pretty confusing.

So what does it mean to you when we go to Daylight Saving Time?

  1. You lose an hour. Anyway you cut it, your clock advances from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., and that hour just vanishes.
  2. It will be darker in the morning, and the sun will shine later in the evening hours.
  3. If you don't change your clocks (the ones that don't offer an automatic adjustment), you might be late for church. Your clock will still display 8:00 a.m., but if your church services start at 9:00 a.m., you're going to be late!
  4. I don't know about you, but DST wrecks my sleeping habits! My body seems to take forever to adjust! I feel like I really lose that hour, and some years I feel like I never get it back. If I seem a little more cranky this Monday morning, you will know why.