Time to spring ahead for Daylight Saving Time

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 8, 2014 8:21 AM

(Danville) -- This weekend marks the return of Daylight Saving Time, so be sure to turn your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

One midstate psychiatrist says people have an easier time adjusting to the "spring forward" time change than in the fall.

Dr. Robert Gerstman at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, says the added daylight creates more of an optimistic outlook.

"People associate later sunset...with, 'Hey we've got more time now, we can do more things. We can plan more outdoor activities later in the day,' he says. "After doing all of that, they have more of an optimistic outlook compared to the fall where they're thinking, 'Oh great. Days are shorter, we're just going to have to buckle up and deal with more darkeness and less light.'"

Gerstman notes people's bodies adjust to Daylight Saving Time similarly to when traveling across a time zone. So, he says it takes about one day for every hour of a time change.

Daylight Saving is also considered a good time to check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

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