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Daylight Saving Time 2014 Starts On Sunday, March 9

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Daylight saving time for 2014 will begin on March 9th at 2 a.m. local time. | Hybrid Images via Getty Images

Get ready to spring forward, folks!

Daylight saving time is upon us again, and this year we'll lose an hour of sleep -- or reading, or Netflix bingeing -- on Sunday, March 9. The biannual time jump will begin at 2 a.m. local time in participating places and last until Nov. 2, when clocks will fall back an hour.

Most with smartphones (who have the "set automatically" feature in date and time enabled) will experience the change seamlessly. But, for those using analog alarm clocks, it's probably a good idea to preemptively set those clocks an hour ahead on Saturday night.

By jumping forward an hour, regions are able to maximize the hours of sunlight during regular daytime hours. The practice was standardized by the United States in 1966 under the Uniform Time Act.

Many countries around the world also observe daylight saving time; however, there are several locations that choose to opt out. The majority of Arizona, for example, does not recognize the time change. (For a complete list of the areas that observe daylight saving time, head over to TimeAndDate.com.)

The time shift does have its critics, however. Last March, opponents launched a petition on the White House's "We the People" platform to eliminate the practice, citing negative effects such as health risks and a loss in productivity. A 2013 poll conducted by a mattress company also found that many people would prefer daylight saving time to start on a Saturday, instead of a Sunday, in order to allot people an extra weekend night to catch up on sleep.

Yet, efforts to alter the biannual time change have not taken off. So it looks like daylight saving time is here to stay -- at least for now.

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