Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, and while the extra hour of sleep you’ll gain after turning the clocks back an hour will be much-appreciated, the trade off will be whole lot less daylight and long, chilly nights ahead.
According to Time and Date, Daylight Saving Time, or DST, ends on November 2. The time will change for almost everyone in the U.S. at 2 a.m. on Sunday. However, there are two states that remain on DST year ’round: Arizona and Hawaii. In addition, the U.S. Virgin Island, Guam, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico don’t take part in this clock-changing malarkey.
There are more states that have tried, and so far failed, to put an end to the twice-yearly clock changing, including Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, and Wyoming. Last year, the Missouri legislature’s proposal made it through the House, but stalled in the Senate.
The Washington Post recently reported that lawmakers in Utah plan to propose legislation that will keep their state on Daylight Savings Time and eliminate the time change.
“Parents and educators argue that the change has a negative impact on student learning at a critical point in the school year, when end-of-level tests are administered. Public safety officials note an increase in accidents at each change of time. This issue needs to be properly weighed and debated.”
Most smartphones and computers will update automatically when Daylight Saving Time ends, but if you rely on an old-fashioned wind-up clock to wake you up from your extra hour of slumber, set it back an hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.
When will Daylight Saving Time start again? Expect more daylight and less sleep starting on March 8, 2015.
Do you enjoy the extra hour of sleep you get when you first turn the clocks back, or would you rather have more daylight hours in the months ahead?