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10 Reasons Why Mountain Time Zone is the Best Time Zone

In 1878 a man named Sanford Fleming proposed dividing the world into 24 time zones. Little did he know one time zone would go on to become the coolest time zone.

TV shows start sooner.

People in the Mountain time zone get first peak at the latest episodes.

Only the Eastern and Pacific Time Zones run primetime network programming beginning at 8 p.m. (7 on Sundays); the other four time zones in the country – Central, Mountain, Alaska, and Hawaii-Aleutian – run primetime programming at 7 p.m. (6 on Sundays).

Just try not to tweet or Tumblr any spoilers before your Midwest buddies have had the chance to watch.

Mountain Time is great for football.

Because when Monday Night Football ends, it's still Monday night.

There's more hours of sunlight.

And more sunlight means a better mood. Numerous studies have demonstrated how sunshine can lessen the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder and depression.

Sunlight improves sleep and promotes vitamin D production. Natural daylight helps shut off the body's production of melatonin, a hormone produced at night that leads to drowsiness. The more sunlight the body receives, the more serotonin the brain produces.

It's got mountains.

The term refers to the fact that the Rocky Mountains, which range from northwestern Canada to New Mexico, are located almost entirely in the Mountain time zone.

Exercise and training in the Mountain time zone gives athletes a competitive edge.

Winning athletes often live or train at altitude. The air is thinner, which forces their bodies to work harder to run, lift, throw and jump.

When athletes return to sea level after a stint at elevation, they're significantly stronger and more powerful due to the increased mass of their circulating red blood cells.

Mountain Time makes teleconferencing easier.

Mountain Time is great for the telecommunications industry. It allows for communication with both North American coasts, South America, Europe, and Asia all in the same business day.

Mountain time zones are advantageous to journalists on deadline.

So much so that it was considered a notable advantage in luring the 2008 Democratic Convention to Colorado.

Time moves slower.

Mountain time zones differ from East Coast time zones because they have a higher elevation, and therefore time travels slower there than on the East Coast. Time slows down the further you are away from the main center of gravity.

Any and all tardiness can be blamed on "being on Mountain Time."

Plus, it makes you sound all folksy.

Mountain Time is a state of mind.

There's just something about the mountains that fills you with the feeling of letting go and being present in the moment.

Mountain Time is laid back like Pacific Time while still maintaining a bit of that "get on with it" attitude of the Central time zone. It's the best of both worlds.