If there’s one thing most of us love, it’s extra sleep, and we’re about to get at least an hour of it. Sunday, Nov. 1, marks the next time change for most of America — the switch from Daylight Saving Time back to Standard Time.
Planning types typically set their clocks back an hour before going to bed, while the rest of us procrastinators do it when we finally crawl out of bed after lolling in our PJs for an extra hour. But have you ever wondered exactly when the time changes? The exact moment you get additional snooze time?
It turns out the official “time change” comes at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, when clocks revert to 1 a.m., local standard time. That’s the hour Congress designated back in 1966 as part of the Uniform Time Act, a public law establishing Daylight Saving Time. At the time, DST was set to end on the last Sunday in October, but as of 2007, it begins on the second Sunday in March and lasts to the first Sunday in November, thereby giving little trick-or-treaters a little more light for their Halloween antics.
Of course, if you live in American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Arizona or Hawaii, you’re out of luck this weekend. None of those locations observe Daylight Saving Time (with the exception of the Navajo Nation in Arizona).