People across the globe will be setting their clocks one hour forward on Sunday, March 29, at 3am, to read 4am. This change means that everyone will lose an hour of sleep, however they will gain an hour of sunlight during the day.
The Daylight Saving Time (DST) will last until late October.
DST or summer time is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months by one hour so that light extends into the evening hours – sacrificing normal sunrise times.
The practice has received both advocacy and criticism. Putting clocks forward benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but can cause problems for evening entertainment and other activities tied to the sun, such as farming.
DST became widely adopted, particularly in North America and Europe starting in the 1970s as a result of the 1970s energy crisis.