It's that time of the year again, folks, when we SPRING FORWARD or advance our clocks one hour. We call this event DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST), which is a controversial practice that still keeps people wondering whether it is, in fact, beneficial for the economy, the environment, or our health.
Proponents of DST maintain that advancing the time by one hour in the summer saves electricity, which decreases energy spending and is good for the environment. In addition, some research shows it promotes healthy habits as people spend more time outdoors in the evening hours with the sun still up, instead of staying inside to watch television.
PROPONENTS - people who support something
Opponents of DST, on the other hand, say that an increase use in air conditioning, especially in warm regions, offset the energy savings in other areas. Moreover, the one hour difference can wreak havoc on our sleeping patterns and have negative effects on our emotional and physical health. In fact, DST has been linked to a range of ailments from weakened immune systems to heart attacks.
OPPONENTS - people who are against something
WREAK HAVOC - cause damage
OFFSET - balance out; counterbalance
So are you ready to spring forward? Check out this report from abcnews.com about the best ways to get used to the one-hour time difference. If it's too late to start a few days early, as an expert in the video suggests, you can heed the other pieces of advice, which include eating a nutritious diet, powering down electronics early, making the room dark and cool, writing down a to-do list for the next day, and deep breathing.
HEED - pay attention to
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We hope you all SPRING FORWARD safely and comfortably and make the most of Daylight Saving Time. Let us know how it goes! You can comment below, on NYLC's page on Facebook, and on Twitter @NYLangCenter!
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