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Daylight Saving Time: Clocks fall back an hour on Sunday


DST_optYou may have forgotten due to one distraction in particular this past week, but it’s time to turn the clocks back again this weekend.

Time will officially stand still at 2:00 am Sunday morning, when it will become 1:00 am all over again.

According to CNN, daylight savings time is observed in all of the United States except Hawaii and parts of Arizona. Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa also do not recognize daylight savings time.

Back in 1784, American statesman Ben Franklin suggested that Parisians could save money every year by waking up earlier in the summer so they wouldn't need to light as many candles during the evening.

The United States adopted daylight saving time as a policy in 1966. According to, the last change to daylight saving time came in November 2007, when the date was moved from the last Sunday in October to the first in November.

Dr. Michael Newnam of Tulsa suggests that the time change can cause serious health problems if people don’t get proper rest. Newnam said, according to FOX23 News, “I think the days are shorter in the winter and there are more disturbed sleepers because there is less daylight, which means less activity time.  That can lead to depression, overeating, and a lower immune system.”

According to, Michael Terman, director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms at Columbia University Medical Center said that turning the clocks back may help those who become depressed during the winter. Depression in wintertime often comes from waking up in darkness, which he calls "depressogenic" to a person’s body clock.

Many U.S. fire departments use the end of daylight savings as a reminder to change the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, according to the International Business Times.

Daylight savings time returns on March 10, 2013.

Comments (1)
1 Sunday, 04 November 2012 10:39
I am trying to figure out how daylight savings time will help people who get depressed in the winter, since we are OFF of daylight savings in winter, and back onto 'regular' time. We are ON daylight savings in summer. Therefore, those people who are depressed in winter would only be affected if they extend daylight savings (as has been proposed by many politicians) but they would not be affected if we quit going back on daylight savings in the spring time.
In addition, a reminder to change batteries in smoke alarms is a very weak justification for daylight savings.

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