03 Nov Daylight Savings Time Ends At 2:00 a.m., November 5
What’s better than sleep? Getting an extra hour of it.
And, thanks to the end of daylight saving time, you’ll be able to get just that this weekend.
The time change, which is as autumnal as pumpkin spice lattes and football, takes place this year at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Here are six things you need to know before we fall back an hour.
When do I need to turn my clocks back?
If they don’t do it automatically — smartphones and many other electronic devices are typically programmed to switch by themselves — make sure to turn your clocks back an hour before 1:59:59 a.m. Sunday to save yourself from panicking in the morning.
Why do we even do this, anyway?
Because of an 18th-century essay penned by Benjamin Franklin.
In the essay, An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light, Franklin suggested resetting clocks forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall after noticing people burned candles at night but slept till dawn.
But daylight saving time in the United States didn’t begin until decades later, when the Standard Time Act of 1918, also known as the Calder Act, was implemented to conserve fuel during World War I.
Then, in World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt went a step further and implemented a year-round daylight saving time known to many as “War Time.”
Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Uniform Time Act, which established a uniform daylight saving time throughout the nation and its possessions.
The only change that has been made to daylight saving time since then was when President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended daylight saving time by four weeks beginning in 2007.
Are there places that don’t observe it?
Absolutely. Those who have opted out are Arizona (except the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii, as well as American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, according to the Congressional Research Service.
There are even places that haven’t observed it that now do, such as Indiana, which began observing in 2006 after years of blissfully ignoring it like Arizona and Hawaii.
Why can’t we be one of those places?