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Every year, on the second Sunday in March, a majority of Americans and about half of the countries around the world turn their clocks forward an hour for daylight saving time. For many individuals, the main problem with this annual time change is the loss of an hour of sleep as a result of the early springtime practice. However, there is an ongoing debate as to whether daylight saving time should continue, with experts on both sides questioning whether the benefits outweigh its disadvantages and vice versa.

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1. It’s Not Daylight Savings Time

Although there are some misconceptions about daylight saving time, the most common one is the name itself. Many people in the U.S., Canada, and Australia refer to it as "daylight savings time," which is incorrect, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Officially, the name for turning the clock forward an hour in March is daylight saving time, using the singular version of the word “saving.” European countries refer to it as “summer time.”

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