Daylight Saving Time begins in the United States today, but what is it and why do we have it?

Clocks have gone forward an hour in the United States, as the country enters Daylight Saving Time (DST).

At 2am on Sunday 12 March the clocks skipped ahead one hour to 3am, as the country left standard time behind. On 26 March, the UK will follow suit, entering British Summer Time, which is one hour ahead of GMT.

The century-old practice (DST turned 100 in 2016) is supposed to redistribute daylight to more useful hours.

The time shift – which will cost first millions of Americans, and then millions of Britons, an hour of sleep – is

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