Daylight Savings Day has caused more confusion than any other. It brings with it both hope and despair at the same time, and is based on a concept very few of us can actually explain. Is it ending, or is it just beginning? What time is it, really? Can I sleep longer, or shorter? The end of Daylight Savings has arrived, and we’re here to explain it. On Sunday, November 3, the official Daylight Savings Time, which began back on March 10, will come to an end. This means that at exactly 2:00 AM, you should roll your clock back to 1:00 AM, effectively giving yourself another hour in the night. Most people experience this joy on Sunday morning. You’ll certainly be saying hallelujah when that alarm goes off to get you up for church, but you realize you’ve got one more hour to sleep. This of course also means it will get darker faster in the afternoon. The long nights of winter really start to take shape after November 3, so mentally prepare yourself for that.
Daylight Savings Day Activities
1. Cook a big breakfast
Whether it’s your body’s natural alarm clock or the annoying one on the nightstand, you’ll wake up one hour earlier than usual. While you could use this hour to snooze, why not make the most of it? Spending the time to cook a big breakfast that breaks from the norm is a great way to create a new tradition.
2. Get that extra hour of partying
Many bars around the country take full advantage of the extra hour that comes just before closing time. Find a bar that celebrates turning back the clock by offering drink specials, and revel in the fact that you have one more hour before you’re getting kicked out.
3. Get outside
Early November is a great time to see the leaves changing and feel the crisp air roll in. You’ll be up early anyways, so maybe this is your opportunity to go for an early morning walk or hike. Bring your family or reflect on a stroll by yourself, but whatever you do, don’t let that extra hour of life pass you by!
Why We Love Daylight Savings Day
A. It helps us take advantage of sunlight
Many countries initially instituted Daylight Savings Time as a way to more efficiently use daylight, which was especially important in pre-electricity days. Whether it’s for work or play, adjusting official times means we take an hour from the morning to tack onto the afternoon — something anyone can be happy about.
B. It spares us from artificial light
By adjusting our clocks, we spend more time outdoors and under the sun. It may sound overly simple, but just being outside and absorbing Vitamin D from the sun can have a strong effect on our mental health. Also, some studies have shown that Daylight Savings lowers stress on our electricity demand.
C. It’s safer than the dark
There have been several studies done to determine the effect of Daylight Savings on road safety. Some have concluded that changing our clocks improves road and pedestrian safety between dawn and dusk hours by 13%. One study even found the rate of robberies falls slightly in the first weeks after Daylight Savings goes into place.