‘Fall back’ this weekend
Brunch dates and flagging football games may be easier to come by this Sunday, when phones adorn early risers with an extra hour of rest before the clocks strike. Come on Nov. 5, daylight saving time is out and standard time is in, and will last until March 10, 2024.
Daylight Saving Time will officially end in 2023.
But when do the clocks change? Do people gain an hour or lose an hour when DST ends? And is Daylight Savings Time ending forever?
These are all good questions. Readers can find these answers and more below as we take a closer look back at Daylight Savings Time.
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When does Daylight Saving Time change in 2023 in the US?
Participating states turn the clocks back in the fall when Daylight Savings Time ends on the first Sunday of November each year. In the spring, the clocks are moved forward an hour on the second Sunday in March.
When do we go back in 2023 to DST?
Clocks officially go back at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023.
Do I gain or lose an hour of sleep on November 5 during Daylight Savings Time?
When clocks “go back” during Daylight Savings Time, they are set back at 2 a.m. one hour when Daylight Saving Time ends, and get an extra hour of sleep, if desired.
In the spring when DST starts again, clocks will go “forward” one hour in March. This is when people lose an hour of sleep.
Why does the time change at 2 a.m. on Daylight Savings Time?
Author Michael Downing cited in his book, “Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time,“ in an interview with Time Magazine, explaining that Amtrak and the railroad are the main reasons for changing the clocks at 2 a.m. to DST.
When DST was established, there were no trains leaving the station at 2 a.m. on Sundays in New York City when Daylight Saving Time was born.
According to Downing, “Sunday morning at 2 a.m. was when they were going to disrupt train travel across the country.”
Which US states do not change clocks to Daylight Saving Time?
As of July 25, 2022, the US Department of Transportation noted that only Hawaii and parts of Arizona do not participate in daylight saving time. The Navajo Nation is the only exception in Arizona.
The territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are also excluded.
According to the website, states may be free to observe daylight saving time by state law in accordance with the Uniform Time Act, as amended.
When does Daylight Saving Time end?
Unless the Solar Energy Protection Act is unanimously approved by the US Senate in 2022, there is no end in sight.
The bill was not signed into law by the US House of Representatives, citing other important issues that must be addressed before tackling DST, according to The Hill. Therefore, the bill has not been signed into law by President Joe Biden.
Attorney Frank Pallone Jr. (DN.J.) told The Hill in July that efforts to find Daylight Saving Time consensus continue to fall flat with an emphasis on local issues rather than party lines.
“The problem is that a lot of people are saying to me, ‘Oh, we should come up, you know, we shouldn’t be switching back and forth, we should have a measure or daylight saving,’ but then they don’t agree on which one to legislate,” Pallone told The Hill.
“And that’s the problem. We need to agree that if we’re going to have one period, what is it? And I couldn’t find an agreement on that.”
When does Daylight Savings Time 2024 change forward, backward?
The clocks go forward on Sunday, Mar. 10, and retire on November 3, 2024.
Chris Sims is a digital producer for the Journal Star. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisFSims.