Don’t Forget to “Fall Back” This Weekend!

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       The first Sunday in November of 2019, which is this weekend on Sunday, November 3rd, is when Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. in most areas of the United States. This is when we will “fall back” and return to Standard time. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before bed this Saturday night!

       The return of Standard Time means the Sun will rise a little earlier (at least according to our clocks), so if you’re an early riser, you’ll enjoy the rays as you have your breakfast. And you’ll “gain” one hour of sleep. The bad news? It will be dark by the time most of us get out of work for the next several months.

       The Farmer’s Almanac says that how you feel about Daylight Saving Time probably depends on whether you are an early riser or a night owl. Obviously, changing the number on a clock doesn’t actually add any time onto our days. That point was eloquently made in this old joke: “When told the reason for daylight savings time, the Old Indian said, ‘Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.’”

       Since Daylight Saving Time was introduced, lawmakers have, on occasion, seen fit to fiddle with it. This happened in the ‘70s, during the oil crisis, and again just a few years ago. Starting in 2007, Daylight Saving Time got longer, beginning in March and ending in November, instead of April and October, respectively.