Time to fall back


Hunter Miller

Daylight saving time falls back Sunday, November 3.

Savannah Whitmer, Lead Reporter

Daylight saving time will end Sunday, November 3 with everybody gaining an extra hour at 2 a.m. as the clocks are set back to 1 a.m.  As a result, both sunrise and sunset will be one hour earlier.

The practice, thought up as a joke by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, was implemented by some states 134 years later, seen as a measure to promote energy-conservation and productivity.

Those in support of daylight savings accredit it with a slight drop in crime rate and a reduction in energy consumption. Others not in favor of the tradition argue that it has no provable benefits, and petition to either abolish the practice or simplify it, remaining on daylight saving time all year.

Whether in support or opposition of the fall back, many could have trouble adjusting internal clocks this weekend.

“In general, ‘losing’ an hour in the spring is more difficult to adjust to than ‘gaining’ an hour in the fall,” Michael J. Breus, PhD said, writing for WebMD. “It is similar to airplane travel; traveling east we lose time. An ‘earlier’ bedtime may cause difficulty falling asleep and increased wakefulness during the early part of the night.”