We all know that twice a year, we change our clocks backwards and forwards. It can be stressful and an added thing to remember in your busy schedule. Even though we do it every year, many people do not know why we have Daylight Saving Time. Here is some useful information about Daylight Saving Time to answer any questions you may have.
What is Daylight Saving Time for?
Daylight Saving Time’s purpose is to give us more daylight. By changing the clocks when the days start to get shorter or longer, we effectively move an hour of daylight from the morning hours to the evening. While it may seem unnecessary or annoying to those of us that do not care when the sun is out, it is particularly useful for farmers and other people who can only really work when it is light.
Which one is which?
There is a common saying to help remember which way we change the clocks and when. “Spring forward and Fall back.” In the spring we turn the clocks forward an hour earlier, essentially losing an hour of sleep in the first few days while our internal clocks adjust. In the fall we turn the clocks back an hour, gaining back that hour, and getting that amazing extra hour of sleep those first few days.
When in the morning are you supposed to change the clocks?
In the United States, you are supposed to change your clocks whichever way at 2:00 am local time. They do this to minimize the disruption to your daily life. If you do not plan on waking up at or staying up until 2:00 am it can be easier for you to change your clocks before you go to bed. Essentially, in the spring, your clock will spring forward from 1:59 am to 3:00 am; in fall, the clocks fall back from 1:59 am to 1:00 am.
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