Why did we start switching our clocks forward an hour? Originally, daylight saving time was a strategy to save fuel during the World Wars. In the years following WWII, many Western nations agreed to keep daylight saving time. After all, saving money is not only a benefit in wartime.
This logic made sense when oil prices surged in the 1970s, causing a widespread energy crisis. But times have changed. In today’s digitized world, daylight saving doesn’t make a significant difference when it comes to cutting down our energy and electricity consumption. Many people now question whether extending our summer nights by one hour is worth the hassle.
Daylight saving time typically starts in March. The clocks are set ahead so that an hour of daylight is essentially transferred from the morning to the evening. This allows people to make the most of their days — running errands after dinner, taking in the long, late sunsets, and not being roused early in the morning by blindingly bright sunlight.
That said, daylight saving has its share of drawbacks — enough that its merits are debated almost yearly in many jurisdictions. In fact, numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that setting the clocks forward contradicts the fundamental, biological instincts of our bodies.
Thankfully, studies also show that November’s “fall back” is far less stressful than April’s “spring forward”, and is also much more in-sync with our natural circadian rhythm. When our clocks are set back to standard time on the first Sunday of November, our biological clocks are fast to follow suit. Officially, the time is supposed to change at 2am, but no one will mind if you take your extra hour a little early — there’s something uniquely wonderful about thinking it’s midnight, and then remembering that it’s really only eleven.
The comforts of spring and summer may be gone for another six months, but you have to love the ambience at this time of year — everywhere there are lights glittering, suffusing cities with a festive energy.
You can also take part in illuminating darker nights with Herschel Supply’s Day/Night Savings Packables — an offering of reflective Daypacks available in three Online Exclusive colors while quantities last.
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Written by Dillon Ramsey
Headline photo by John Price