THUNDER BAY, ON ----- November 5, 2010 ---- Temperatures may be dipping into the single digits, but you can count on scoring an extra hour of sleep on Sunday.
Daylight savings time ends, which means clocks will need to be turned back one hour on Sunday morning at 2 a.m.
With Daylight Savings Time ending on Sunday at 2 a.m., people all across the U.S. will once again be setting their alarm clocks back an hour. With modern technology, people have to worry about it less, with most cell phone auto-setting themselves to change in sync with the time change and computers also updating automatically. However, it still can be confusing.
So What is Daylight Savings Time? Its origins go back quite far. Benjamin Franklin allegedly came up with the idea of Daylight Savings Time as a way of allowing people to use daylight more effectively. Yet, it was not set into effect across most of the United States until 1967.
The concept behind Daylight Savings Time is rather simple. It temporarily advances clocks by one hour during the spring and summer months, before they are turned back again in the fall. The point of setting the clocks back is to give an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon, while having an hour less of daylight in the morning. While not exactly convenient to those who are up and active in the early morning hours, the goal is to benefit society and conserve energy with more daylight during the hours where most people are active.
Since Daylight Savings Time was established in 1967, Info Please tells us that the concept has gone through changes and updates. Beginning in 2007, Daylight Savings Time was even expanded to cover greater amounts of time by almost a month. Americans now observe Daylight Savings Time from the second Sunday of March until the first Sunday of November.