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Turning Back Time: Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023 End of Daylight Saving Time

Nov 03, 2023
Clock on Harrison Path Station

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clock forward by one hour during the warmer months to extend the evening daylight. This year, the clocks will turn back on Sunday, November 5, 2023, marking the end of Daylight Saving Time for the year.

The concept of Daylight Saving Time has a complex history. Some attribute the idea to Benjamin Franklin, while others believe it was adopted to provide farmers with more hours of sunlight to work in the fields. However, the real history is much more intricate. Daylight Saving Time was first introduced in Germany in 1916 during World War I as an energy-saving measure. The United States followed suit in 1918, but the practice was repealed a year later. It was reinstated during World War II, and after a period of inconsistency, the Uniform Time Act of 1966 standardized the start and end dates across the country, except for Hawaii and Arizona, which opted out.

The rationale for Daylight Saving Time has always been to make better use of daylight and to conserve energy. However, the effectiveness of Daylight Saving Time in energy conservation has been a subject of debate. In 2007, the rules for Daylight Saving Time changed for the first time in over two decades due to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended Daylight Saving Time by about a month in the interest of reducing energy consumption.

Despite its long-standing implementation, there have been recent efforts to eliminate Daylight Saving Time outright. In March, the U.S. Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act, aiming to put an end to the semiannual clock changes. This act proposes shifting to permanent Daylight Saving Time, eliminating the need to change the clocks twice a year. However, this proposal has met with opposition from experts in sleep, health, and circadian rhythms, who argue that while eliminating the time change is beneficial, permanent Daylight Saving Time could have negative effects on health due to darker winter mornings.

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