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When is daylight saving time this year? Literally this weekend

Daylight saving time has arrived already. Here’s what it means

Dan LaMoore adjusts the hands on a Seth Thomas Post Clock at Electric Time Company, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Medfield, Mass. Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, when clocks are set back one hour.
Dan LaMoore adjusts the hands on a Seth Thomas Post Clock at Electric Time Company, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Medfield, Mass. Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 14, 2021, when clocks are set forward one hour.
Elise Amendola, Associated Press

Daylight saving time is right around the corner — as in this weekend.

What’s going on?

Daylight saving time will happen on the second Sunday in March — which is March 14 — at 2 a.m., according to CNN.

  • The daylight saving will end on the first Sunday in November (that’s Nov. 1) at 2 a.m.
  • So this means that you’ll be setting your clocks ahead by one hour on Sunday.

The dangers

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News’ chief medical correspondent, recently said strokes, heart attacks, accidents and mood swings can be symptoms of getting a lack of sleep due to daylight saving time, ABC 7 New York reports.

“It’s really all about that crossover between biology and social life and how it affects our circadian rhythms,” she said, per ABC 7 New York.

How to prepare

Dr. Shalini Paruthi, the co-director of the Sleep Medicine and Research Center at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri, told CNN that people should prepare themselves for the change in time.

  • She said to start going to bed 10 minutes earlier and start waking up 10 minutes earlier each morning one week ahead of the change.
  • Three days before, wake up and go to bed 20 minutes earlier, she said.
  • Try to get seven hours sleep total, Paruthi said.

Meanwhile, in Utah ...

In 2020, the Utah Senate passed a bill that would make daylight saving time permanent in the state, as the Deseret News reported. The bill still needs Congress and at least four Western states to approve it before it would go into effect.