Get ready to spring ahead, because Daylight Savings is beginning soon. At 2 a.m. on March 11th, we’ll turn the clocks ahead. And while we will suffer the unfortunate circumstance that is losing an hour of sleep, we’ll gain some extra sunlight. This is something many have been looking forward to since those dark winter nights began last November. But if you hate the whole process, there’s good news. There are places that don’t mess with Daylight Savings, so you should probably consider moving to one such location if this is a tradition you truly cannot stand.
Daylight Savings originally began as an effort to save energy in Germany, Austria, and even Canada, and slowly spread to the United States. These days, it’s not as much of a concern, but it’s a tradition that’s stuck around. However, there are places that don’t participate. As Huffington Post pointed out, Arizona and Hawaii both do not observe Daylight Savings time, and neither do many countries around the world — like Iceland, Hong Kong, The Maldives, Costa Rica, North Korea, Guam, and Russia.
But why do these places get a pass while the rest of us will face a serious lag when the morning of March 11th rolls around?
According to Time, Arizona started skipping out on Daylight Savings in 1968, based on the reasoning that they get plenty of sunshine year-round without having to mess with the clocks. And as for Hawaii? Well, the sun rises and sets at about the same time every day there, so it makes Daylight Savings a moot point.
As a Daylight Savings hater, moving to Arizona or Hawaii might sound appealing — especially since both states are absolutely beautiful. I mean, at the very least, maybe a vacation there when the transition is due to happen might not be such a bad idea. (Sadly, you’ll still have to adjust when you get back home.)
As a country, should we just agree to set the clocks back five hours on Sunday night so we can all sleep in?