Longer days, less sleep - Adjusting to daylight saving time

Saul Bowman
March 11, 2019

"Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is why Florida's legislature overwhelmingly voted to make it permanent a year ago", said Rubio.

As Sunday morning nears, keep in mind to set your clocks forward by one hour by 2 a.m., or before you go to bed Saturday night.

STANDARD TIME: If we kept things standard throughout the entire year, we'd have 267 days with sunrises before 7 a.m. Sounds great, right?

This year, Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 3 at 2am. The annual change allows people to have an extra hour of daylight after their work or school activities in the warmer months.

Did you also know the correct term is daylight "saving" time, not "savings" time.

British Summer Time, as they called it, was so popular that when the Second World War broke out, they introduced Double Summer Time, advancing clocks two hours past Greenwich Mean Time in summer and one in winter. "Reflecting the will of the state of Florida, I'm proud to reintroduce this bill to also make daylight saving time permanent nationally". Lawmakers representing farmers introduced almost two dozen bills to repeal it; one MS congressman urged, "Repeal the law and have the clocks proclaim God's time and tell the truth!" Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam don't have Daylight Saving Time, per Reader's Digest.

Senate Bill 320 wants to keep OR on Daylight Saving Time year round while Senate Bill 464 wants to get rid of Daylight Saving Time all together.

When Does Daylight Saving Time End?

Daylight savings time does have its benefits, however. The schedule was then updated in 2007 to include four extra weeks of Daylight Saving Time after the U.S. passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This change in daylight saving time observance was requested by local governments and political leaders to help facilitate commerce with the US.

Whose idea was daylight time, anyway? But it can be alarming for people to get up earlier than they're used to.

There's an extra wrinkle for the USA states in making daylight saving permanent, however: Congress still needs to give permission to observe daylight saving time year-round.

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