Get An Extra Hour of Sleep This Weekend!

By Wire News Sources on November 1, 2013

Don’t forget to fall back this Sunday! Daylight saving time ends for most of the U.S. on November 3 this year. The law says that people must set their clocks back to standard time at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November. During the winter months, there will be a bit more light in the morning, but the sun will set earlier in the evening.

Some places, like American Samoa, Hawaii, and most of Arizona, don’t mess with Father Time. But why do we move our clocks one hour forward in the spring anyway? There was no standardized time until train travel became common. The U.S. railroad industry established time zones with standard times in 1883, and Congress made the railroad’s system a law in 1918. The next year, the decision of whether or not to observe daylight saving time was left up to individual jurisdictions.

When updating legislation in the 1980s, Congress noted that daylight saving time has many benefits, including “more daylight outdoor playtime for the children and youth of our Nation.” Not everyone agrees that this is beneficial, however. Tufts University professor Michael Downing, who has written a book about Daylight Saving Time called Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time, says “The whole proposition that you can gain or lose an hour is at best theoretical,” he said. “So I think from the start people had no clear idea what we were doing or why we were doing it. It just generates confusion, and confusion generates bad will.”

Read more about daylight saving time on National Geographic News.

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