REMINDER TONIGHT: Daylight Savings Time Ends

The clocks change at 2 a.m. to create the least disruption for early workers.

By Staff Reporters



People who don’t have a digital clock that changes automatically will often switch their watches on Saturday night before bed. This year, Daylight Saving Time began on March 13, 2022, and ends on November 6, 2022.


When you wake up tomorrow morning, you’ll be well rested and smacked with a pocketful of sunshine: In 48 states and DC, daylight saving time is ending overnight Sunday, which means a 25-hour day tomorrow and, going forward, darker evenings and sun-splashed mornings. And, when our clocks change every six months, it inevitably sparks debate about why we participate in this curious tradition in the first place, and whether we should just pick one time system and stick with it.

The arguments for abolishing daylight saving time

Most experts on sleep and circadian rhythms argue that tomorrow should be the last time we ever switch our clocks. They claim that, by artificially pushing the sun to set later in the evening, daylight saving time disrupts our internal clock’s natural alignment with the sun (for example, by discouraging the production of sleep-inducing hormones like melatonin). That can lead to negative impacts on our physical and mental health. Other proponents of permanent standard time point to research that shows how adopting it would reduce crime, energy costs, and car crashes. A study published Wednesday found that brighter work commutes due to permanent standard time would save about $1.2 billion in collision costs from drivers hitting deer—and prevent 37,000 deer from being killed in the process.

Congress and Politics

This March, the Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act, which intends to, uh, protect sunshine by making daylight saving time permanent. Senators say their constituents have been flooding their phones with requests for more daylight in the evenings—to enjoy the outdoors, yes, but also to squeeze in more time to farm.

But the US has tried that before, in 1974, and it flopped miserably. Just four months after Congress approved permanent daylight standard time, it was scrapped following public backlash.






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