Daylight saving time is almost over, so get ready to “fall back.”
The official time for people to turn the clocks back an hour is at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, meaning the time will go back to 1 a.m.
You might get an “extra” hour of sleep that day, but it will also begin to get darker earlier in the day. The amount of daylight will shorten each day until the winter solstice on Dec. 21.
Daylight saving time begins again March 14, when clocks “spring forward.”
Here are a few more things to know as the time change approaches.
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Why do we switch to daylight saving time?
The main reason is to make better use of daylight during the spring and summer months, so there is an extra hour of sunlight in the evening instead of the morning.
After numerous changes to the dates, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 gave the U.S. its current start and stop dates for daylight saving time. It starts on the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.
That gives most states about 7.5 months of daylight saving time and 4.5 months of standard time.
A common typo and mispronunciation
The correct spelling and pronunciation of the term is “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.”