Get ready to gain an hour of sleep. In less than a month Daylight Saving Time will come to an end. It began on Sunday, March 14 this year. That’s when clocks ‘sprung ahead’ one hour.
On Sunday, November 7 it will come to an end. That’s when clocks will be turned back. In theory, daylight saving time allows people to capitalize on the spring sunlight – as days are getting longer.
However, as the days shorten during the fall – turning the clocks back allows for daylight to come earlier in the day. For example, days in the northern part of the U.S. would not see full daylight until 7:30 or 8 a.m. In recent years, people have associated the extra daylight in the morning hours with students heading out the door to school.
Why do we do daylight saving time? Does everyone participate?
There are plenty who would like to see the time changes end, though.
There are 70 countries that participate in daylight saving time.
Earlier this year there was a legislative effort to end it. A bipartisan effort called the “Sunshine Protection Act of 2021” received a broad range of support. Sens. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.); James Lankford, (R-Okla.); Roy Blunt, (R-Mo.); Sheldon Whitehouse, (D-RI); Ron Wyden, (D-Ore.); Cindy Hyde-Smith, (R-Miss.); Rick Scott, (R-Fla.); and Ed Markey, (D-Mass.) introduced the measure.
To date, it hasn’t move out of sub committee.
There are two states in the U.S. that do no observe daylight saving time. Both Hawaii and Arizona refuse to change the clocks – keeping opponents of the wonky clock management system happy.
Clocks will spring forward on Sunday, March 13, 2022.