Welcome to my blog on daylight savings time! I’m glad to be here and will be happy to answer your questions along the way. It’s been a while since we last changed our clocks, but we’re almost ready to do it again. It’s daylight savings time, a twice-annual adjustment for many of us.
When we think of the word “summer,” we think of light, warmth, and long days. For many of us, the summer season evokes feelings of vacation, relaxation, and fun. But for some, the season also brings up feelings of dread and stress. Long, hot summer days can be difficult for those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or “winter blues.”
The clock has changed, the weather has changed, and so has the daylight. With the arrival of Daylight Savings Time (DST) on Sunday, March 10, the clocks in all of the U.S. were set ahead an hour. This means that the sun will rise and set an hour earlier than it did before DST began. This also means that there are now more hours of sunlight during the day.
It’s that time of year again — the clocks have sprung forward, signaling the start of daylight saving time. For many people, the springing of the clocks means an extra hour of daylight, which is enough to pique the interest of anyone who enjoys being outdoors and being active. But others dread the time change, and it’s hard to blame them — the “spring forward” part of daylight saving time means losing an hour of sleep, which is never fun. But whether you love it or hate it, it’s a good idea to pay close attention to the springing of the clocks this year.
In 2022, we’ll have our third and final daylight savings time event of the year. Once again, we’ll spring forward an hour, which means that the clocks will change an hour earlier than they did in 2019. This will mean that the sun will rise and set an hour earlier than it did in 2019. This will also mean that there are now even more hours of sunlight during the day.
We’re closing in on the end of daylight saving time, which means that it’s a good time to reflect on how the clocks have changed the time of day over the past few years. For most of human history, the sun rose and set around midday, roughly between 9 and 5. But as time marched forward, people began to work longer hours and have more leisure time in the evening. Over time, daylight saving time was introduced, initially as an agricultural policy to help farmers in the late 1800s.
We last changed our clocks back in April of 2015, when we permanently moved our clock forward by an hour. This meant that the clock in your home changed from 1am to 2am an hour later, which meant an extra hour of sunlight during the day. It was a huge change for most of us, but we adapted fairly quickly. Within a few weeks, we had all but forgotten that the clocks were ever set back an hour.
Going forward, the clocks will again spring forward an hour on the second Sunday in March, which is also the first day of daylight saving time for the following year. This means that in four years, we’ll have two daylight saving time periods in the same year. It’s worth noting that if Congress doesn’t enact a law to change the start and end dates of daylight saving time, we’ll continue to observe daylight saving time for the same amount of time in 2022 and 2023. This is something that Congress has done in the past, and it’s not out of the question for them to consider doing it again.