Every year, it's the same range of emotions — dismay at losing an hour of sleep on the weekend, then joy once you realize you'll be seeing daylight more and more often. Yes, daylight saving time (known more colloquially as daylight savings time) is almost upon us and after this rough winter, it will be both appreciated and anticipated.
The date for the spring time change is March 10, 2013, when at approximately 2 a.m. clocks will switch to 3 a.m. and the world will become a brighter (or at least, sunnier) place by the next evening.
At least, that's the case for North America, where daylight saving time always takes place the second Sunday in March. In the UK and Europe, the switch doesn't happen until March 31 (the last Sunday of the month), a continent-wide adoption that began in 2002.
In fact, many countries don't even use daylight saving time, especially those below the equator, as their daylight hours don't change by the season. As this graphic from WebExhibits demonstrates, there are many more countries that aren't on daylight saving time than those that are.
And in Canada, there remains some outliers as well, including the province of Saskatchewan (except for the town of Lloydminster and surrounding areas) and Dawson Creek in British Columbia.
But for most of you in the Northern Hemisphere making Sunday plans for March 10, just remember to give yourself some extra time to adjust to the time change, and yes, allow for the timepieces that don't automatically update to catch up to the rest of the world.
CORRECTION: This article previously stated that it would be sunnier the morning after the time change. In fact, daylight saving time means it is lighter in the evening, and only later in the season, lighter in the morning as well.
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If you're suddenly feeling down this winter, it could be the result of your body's lack of vitamin D. A study at the <a href="http://www.newcastle.edu.au/">University of Newcastle in Australia</a> tested the effects of vitamin D supplements on a group of people in late winter. Turns out, people who received vitamin D had a dramatic improvement in their moods. “The two best ways to get the vitamin D you need are to get adequate sun exposure (15 to 30 minutes per day) or to take vitamin D supplements,” says Dr. John Cuomo of USANA Health Sciences.
Add 30 Minutes Of Exercise Daily
The <a href="http://www.americanheart.org/">American Heart Association</a> recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and at least three times a week to boost energy levels in the winter.
Get More Zinc
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Take A Time Out
Take a time out — without the kids. According to Dr. David Sack, psychiatrist and CEO of <a href="Promises Treatment Center">Promises Treatment Centre</a>, taking a ten-minute time out from you day, whether stretching, meditating or just daydreaming, can free your mind and prevent your mind from getting fatigued during cold days.
Look For All Types Of Vitamin B
According to the <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/">National Library of Medicine</a>, B vitamins help our bodies make energy from the food we eat. Although most B12 vitamins are found in animals and fish sources, you can also try soy products like soybean or tofu.
Try An Organic Diet
According to Cheryl MacDonald of the <a href="http://healthpsychology.org/life-with-health-psychology-of-san-diego/">Health Psychology of San Diego</a>, eating organic carbohydrates will increase cardiac energy in our bodies. Our liver, she adds, is able to process these carbs quicker and help our bodies feel energetic for a longer period of time.