The semestrial ritual of changing the clocks is approaching once more for millions of Americans, as daylight saving time ends on Nov. 6. But if some lawmakers have it their way, it’ll be the last time that happens.
The bleary-eyed debate over “falling back” and “springing forward” is about a lot more than disrupted sleep schedules. Read on to explore the origin and impact of daylight saving time and how it fits into the broader human story of who gets to decide what time it is.
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Everyone Seems to Hate Daylight Saving Time. Do We Even Need It, and Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid Of?Grid
Shifting the clocks messes with people’s circadian rhythms — making everyone groggy, cranky and sometimes dangerously off their game.
Despite its name, daylight saving has never saved anyone anything. But it has proven to be a fantastically effective driver of retail spending.
A 1974 switch to year-round DST proved unpopular, with Americans expressing “distaste” for the long, dark winter mornings.
An animated story of what science says about changing our clocks in the fall and spring.
A new bill proposes making daylight saving time permanent. But for one family, it already is.