What is Daylight Saving Day?
Daylight Saving Day timeline
George Hudson's bugs
Entomologist George Hudson develops the first proposal for Daylight Saving to have more after-work hours of daylight to collect his bugs
An English summer
William Willet publishes his proposal to advance the clock during the summer months after observing how many people slept through a large part of a summer's day
World War I
Participating war countries, and some neutral nations, adopt Daylight Saving Time in order to save coal and other resources.
The United States and Europe widely adopt Daylight Saving Time in order to conserve energy.
Daylight Saving Day FAQs
What time do we turn the clocks back?
On November 3 we turn our clocks back an hour at 2am., so the clock will read 1am.
Do we gain an hour in November?
Can daylight saving time make you tired?
The beginning of the Daylight Saving period in March tends to result in people feeling tired since we lose an hour. We may feel more energized in November as our schedules are adjusted for an extra hour.
Daylight Saving Day Activities
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.
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.
Early November is a great time to see the leaves change and feel the crisp air roll in. You’ll be up early anyway, 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 Saving Day
It helps us take advantage of sunlight
Many countries initially instituted Daylight Saving 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 a daylight hour from one part of the day and place it somewhere else — something anyone can be happy about.
It spares us from artificial light
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 Saving lowers our electricity demand.
It’s safer than the dark
There have been several studies done to determine the effect of Daylight Saving 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 Saving goes into place.