Fall Back! Daylight Saving Time for 2017 Ends this Sunday

By Paul Riegler on 2 November 2017
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Daylight Saving Time will end this Sunday, November 5, at 2 a.m. local time, in most parts of the United States and Canada. Clocks should be set back by one hour.

In the European Union, Summer Time (called British Summer Time, or BST, in the United Kingdom and Sommerzeit in Austria and Germany) ended last Sunday, the last Sunday of October. This discrepancy in times left the United States out of sync with a significant part of the world for a week.

Daylight Saving Time in the United States will resume on March 11, 2018 and end on November 4. In the European Union, Summer Time will be in effect between March 25, 2017 and October 28.

Both Summer Time and Daylight Saving Time are similar as they are both systems that manage the changing duration of daylight that occurs during the year, with the goal of maximizing daylight hours during the workday. Many credit Benjamin Franklin with the concept, as he said the idea would save an “immense sum” in the cost of candles, although his remarks are now believed to have been somewhat made in jest.

The idea was not broadly adopted until the early twentieth century when Germany became the first European country to introduce it on April 30, 1916 in the middle of the First World War. The move was quickly followed by several other European nations including France and the United Kingdom.

The United States first introduced Daylight Saving Time in 1918 as an energy-saving measure.

By setting clocks ahead by an hour, people typically have more daylight available during the workday. Since, in the spring, the sun rises earlier each day, an individual who typically wakes up at 7 a.m. would have to rise at 6 a.m. to take advantage of the additional daylight. Instead, by moving the clock ahead by one hour, that person can continue to wake at 7 a.m. and enjoy more daylight in the early evening hours.

The result of having fewer daylight hours also leads to an increase in the number of people suffering from seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Indeed, many people during the fall and winter months try to counteract the effects of lost sunlight by using bright artificial light therapy.

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