It’s that time of year when we “fall back” and gain an extra hour of sleep here in America.
I am happy to get an extra hour of sleep, but now it gets dark out so early. 🙁
What am I talking about?
Daylight saving time.
Goals of the Post
- You will be introduced to the term “daylight saving time.“
- You will understand why Americans (except for the citizens of Arizona and Hawaii) change their clocks twice a year.
What is Daylight Saving Time?
The original reason for daylight saving time was to give farmers an extra hour of sunlight to work in the fields during the summer time.
Some people claim that it also saves energy.
Basically, we change the time on the clock by one hour. We change our clocks twice a year. We change it once in the spring, and once it the fall.
The change takes place at 2:00 AM.
On the first Sunday of November, at 2:00AM, we change our clocks back one hour.
This means at 2:00 AM, we reset the clock back to 1:00AM.
We go back one hour.
That means we gain one extra hour of sleep, but our light is shorter. 🙁
The way we remember this, is “fall back.”
November is in the fall, so we set our clocks back one hour.
On first Sunday in March, we change our clocks forward.
This means at 2:00AM, we “skip one hour and it becomes 3:00 AM. Isn’t that weird?
We lose an hour of sleep.
The way we remember this, is “spring forward.”
March is in spring, so we set our clocks forward one hour.
It can be a confusing concept, so to remember it, we say “fall back, spring forward.”
Notes on Daylight Saving Time
The states of Arizona and Hawaii do not observe daylight saving time. The other 48 states do.
Daylight saving time in America is controversial — some people love it, but some people want to get rid of it.
Do you think daylight saving time is a good idea, or a bad idea? Please let me know in the comments!