KNOXVILLE (WVLT) – It was a magical hour on Sunday morning when clocks struck 2:00 AM, and flung the Eastern Standard Time Zone one hour into the future.
Daylight saving began nearly a month earlier than normal for the second year in a row, thanks to a federal statute known as the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Around 1:00 PM, or noon if you forgot to “spring forward,” the streets of downtown Knoxville were filled with activity.
On Saturday, the cold weather, rain, and snow had kept most East Tennesseans in doors, but just 24 hours later, they were outside enjoying the sunny weather.
Some were also eager to share their opinions on this years early appearance of the “hour-of-sleep stealing” time change.
"I actually got an extra hour of sleep since it’s on a Sunday,” said Chris Triplett. “It really doesn't bother me and I don't see much difference at all.”
Some members of the medical profession would disagree.
They theorize that springing clocks forward is a bad thing because it forces your body to fight its own natural sleep an wake cycles, which the daylight regulates.
Still, nearly everyone we talked to would gladly trade the hour of sleep for an extra hour of daylight in the evenings.
"I would definitely rather have the sun,” said Evans Lyne, “I just slept in and it was great.”
“Well I think its great,” answered Katie, his young daughter. “It means more play time I guess."
Now that it is daylight savings time, it will remain darker for an extra hour in the morning while the suns rays linger well into the 7:00 PM hour each evening.
“I just like it to stay light because I'm not a dark person,” said Triplett. “I like the light, I'm just that type of person."
The nation will remain on daylight savings time for 238 days, until returning to standard time on November 2nd.