Daylight Saving Time 2014 Guide: All You Need to Know!

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It's about time, people. Literally and figuratively. See what we did there?!

Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend, and not a moment too soon for Americans beaten down by the polar vortex and desperate for this long, dark winter to end.

Daylight Saving Time is harbinger of spring and a cause for celebration.

It's also inherently confounding for millions of Americans. Every year.

Daylight Savings Time 2013

Fortunately, THG is here to break it all down and help you through this.

Here's all that you need to know about Daylight Savings Time 2014:

  1. It begins officially tomorrow: Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m.
  2. Time "springs" forward one hour (see infographic).
  3. Set your clocks ahead before you go to bed tonight. Done.
  4. Or stay up until 2 a.m., put 'em at 3, then hit the sack. BAM.
  5. Your iPhone should do this automatically. Your microwave? No.
  6. Yes, this means losing an hour of sleep in the morning. Boo.
  7. Especially if you have kids still on a nap schedule. Weak.
  8. But you get an extra hour of sun in the evening now. NICE.
  9. The concept of DST dates all the way back to 1895.
  10. It was recently extended in the U.S. to save energy use.
  11. Daylight Saving Time 2014 ends on Sunday, November 2.
  12. If you can't figure out how to change the clock in your car, there is hope: Just make a mental (or Post-It) note that it's an hour slow until 11/2.
  13. The concept was the brainchild of Ben Franklin. Who knew?!
  14. Arizona, Hawaii and Puerto Rico residents: Disregard.

There you go: 14 easy steps to prep you for #DST14. Up top.