BOSTON – Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend on Sunday, November 6 at 2 a.m.
Individuals adjust clocks forward one hour near the start of spring, and then change them back again in the autumn, with Daylight Saving Time.
“The return of Standard Time means the sun will rise a little earlier (at least according to our clocks) so if you’re an early riser, you’ll enjoy the rays as you have your breakfast. And you’ll “gain” one hour of sleep. The bad news? It will be dark by the time most of us get out of work,” according to the Farmers’ Almanac.
In March 2022, U.S. Senate passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023, ending the twice-annual changing of clocks.
The Senate approved the Sunshine Protection Act, unanimously by voice vote.
But the legislation received a chilly reception in the House of Representatives.
The U.S. started daylight saving time in 1918 and has implemented and repealed it at various times since then. It was created primarily to reduce energy consumption and promote commerce, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established the current system of biannual clock changes between standard time and daylight saving time, said the Foundation.
Permanent daylight saving time existed during wartime periods of 1918 to 1919 and 1942 to 1945 to conserve energy.
The U.S. also experimented with permanent daylight saving time in January 1974 in the face of a mounting oil crisis. That ended in October 1974 because of significant public dissatisfaction with darker mornings, said the Sleep Foundation.