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

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       Don’t forget to “fall back” this weekend! Sunday, November 1st, which is the first Sunday in November, is when Daylight Saving Time ends for this year. Turn your clocks back one hour at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, if you want to observe the “official” time of the change. Or, if you don’t plan on being awake at 2:00 a.m., just don’t forget to turn your clocks back before you go to bed, so you can reclaim that extra hour of sleep you lost in the spring!

       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. 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.