Early morning light and blooming flowers mean that spring has sprung and it’s time to put away the snow shoes and winter coats until next year. We also “spring forward” and move our clocks ahead an hour when this beautifully bountiful season rolls around again. But why do we observe Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the first place? Moving the clocks ahead was originally the brainchild of none other than Benjamin Franklin, not American farmers, as many people believe. Franklin suggested that the practice was adopted to gain an hour of daylight and save on the cost of candles. Fun founding father fact, right? And while we don’t have to worry about saving money on seeing by candlelight anymore, we still owe good ol’ Ben a thank you for giving us some extra sunshine after a long, cold winter. Daylight Savings Time was enacted as a federal law in 1918, and even though it went through a brief repeal after WWI, over 100 million Americans were practicing some type of DST through local law by the late 1960s. DST begins this Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 a.m. for those of us in the United States, but not everywhere in the world observes the practice. Wherever you might be, you can check the details about your country’s Daylight Saving Time schedule (or lack thereof) to see if you should be expecting mornings to be coming a bit earlier for you at the end of the weekend. Getting into the swing of Daylight Saving Time can be disorienting for some folks – especially those of us that are required to stick to a strict work or school schedule. We’ve gathered some of the most helpful hints for getting prepped to spring forward this year, so you can make the most out of your leap.