Daylight Savings Time ends on November 7, 2010 at 2 am. It is time to set your clocks back one hour and catch up on that sleep you have been missing. Every state, except for Arizona and Hawaii, observes Daylight Savings Time and resetting the clocks in an effort to conserve energy and keep our kids safer has rocked people across the nation as everyone tries to adjust to the seasonal time shifts.
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Daylight Savings Time was first observed in 1918 as a way to conserve energy during World War I. With the traditional Spring Forward taking place in April, people across the nation would set their clocks ahead one hour to take advantage of the longer daylight hours of summer. During October, the clocks would Fall Back to regular time so that kids would not have to go to school in the dark. After the War ended, time was no longer mandated by Federal Law and individual states could decide if, and when, the Daylight Savings time would begin and end.
Daylight Savings Time Changes
By 1962, the Department of Transportation was having a nightmare due to the lack of consistent time changes. For example, when an airplane takes off in one time zone, and lands in a different time zone, the observation of Daylight Savings Time made it nearly impossible to determine what time the plane would land. They pushed for federal regulations which resulted in the Uniform Time Act of 1966 where all states changed the clocks for Daylight Savings Time at the same time. States could vote to opt out of the Daylight Savings Time observation.
Daylight Savings Time Today:
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended Daylight Savings Time to the first Sunday in November in part so that kids could go trick or treating during daylight hours. At present, Daylight Savings Time begins on the second Sunday in March each year.
So, set your clocks to fall back one hour this Sunday, November 7, 2010 and sleep in a little bit. Enjoy the little bit of rest knowing that Daylight Savings Time is only a few months away and you will lose that little bit of sleep you gained.
Daylight Savings Time in the United States