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Andrea Romano
November 03, 2017

Spring forward. Fall backward.

Yes, it's that time of year again. When the leaves start changing and the air gets chilly, Daylight Saving Time is nearly at an end.

Every fall, many of us look forward to — or maybe dread — the time change that makes for brighter, crisper winter mornings, even if they are countered by longer, darker evenings.

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Daylight Saving Time officially ends this year on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 a.m. Clocks should be turned back one hour (or they'll automatically do so, if they're smart), giving you (sort of) an extra hour of shut-eye. At least it beats losing an hour in the spring?

The original idea for Daylight Saving Time is often credited to Benjamin Franklin — but that may have just been a joke.

It wasn't until about a hundred years later that European nations like Germany (the first to adopt Daylight Saving during World War I), France, and England adopted the practice as a way to save fuel for the war effort.

Daylight Saving came to America after World War I, thanks to industrialist Robert Garland, who insisted that the practice was energy efficient and that the extra hour of light in the evening in the summer would allow Americans to enjoy more outdoor activities.

Since then, the debate over Daylight Saving Time has been endless. While some cities and statues observed the practice, many others did not. The current schedule was introduced in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005, according to CNN. It starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. Parts of Arizona and the state of Hawaii have opted out of the practice entirely, and Massachusetts and Maine could do the same.

Whether you think it's useful or not, you'll still want to be on time to work on Monday morning, so don't forget to fall back.

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