Which Way Does The Time Change In The Fall?

Just the mention of daylight saving time is enough to send every parent crying and running back in bed to throw the covers over their head. I mean, children are not known for their adaptable nature, especially when it comes to their schedule. With autumn officially here, it's time to think about daylight saving time again. But which way does the time change in the fall?

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, daylight saving time begins in the spring and ends in the fall. This year, daylight saving time will end on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 a.m. which means you will be turning your clock back an hour.

Yep — just like the old saying goes, you "spring forward" and "fall back". In the fall, you gain an extra hour by turning your clock back at 2:00 a.m. According to Metro, the fall time change shouldn't disrupt as many schedules as it does when daylight saving time begins in the spring, but it can still be an adjustment, especially for those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) noted that the entire point of daylight saving time is to shift the time of day so it relates to where the sun is above Earth and help keep the daylight hours coordinated with the time when most people are active. The theory is also that this helps save energy in the spring and summer as more people are outside and not using as much energy at home, but that is debatable and there isn't enough solid evidence to substantiate the claim.

But daylight saving time is not an ongoing, yearly change. Every year, it begins on the second Sunday in March at 2:00 a.m. and ends on the second Sunday in November at 2:00 a.m. according to NIST. This year, that date is November 6 and requires turning your clocks back an hour to standard time.

Basically? You get an extra hour of sleep two days before the election. Use that 60 minutes to daydream about your candidate, OK? (Hopefully you won't have extra nightmares.)