Shannon Brady
Writer & Editor

Get ready for your clocks to change: Daylight Savings Time (DST) in the United States will end at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 6.

 As you may have read in our previous article about DST, it is the practice of setting clocks forward by one hour in order to adjust the amount of daylight in the day. It was established on the basis that it is better for health and energy conservation, as well as aligns better with most work schedules.

 However, opponents of DST cite several health and safety risks associated with the change. Studies suggest that its disruption to our circadian rhythm leads to insomnia and sleep deprivation, which in turn can lead to higher risk of injuries and death through car wrecks and other accidents caused by inattentiveness, as well as higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and irregular heart rate.

When DST ends, we gain an hour back in our day, so plan your Saturday around getting an extra hour of sleep that night. However, also be prepared for sunset to come an hour sooner from now until March: short days and long nights are coming with the winter.

Though all this information has been essential to residents of the United States since 1966, when the switch became federal law, it may soon become a thing of the past. The Sunshine Protection Act, which would eliminate the switch to DST and keep the United States on standard time year-round in order to stave off the aforementioned health and safety risks, was approved by the Senate in March 2022. If it also passes the House of Representatives and is signed into law by the President, DST will be officially abolished in the United States. We’ll keep you updated!

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