Are You Ready to “Fall Back”?

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2am on Sunday, November 3rd, giving many Americans a dearly coveted “extra” hour of sleep.  But not everyone enjoys the shift to earlier sunrises and leaving work at sunset.  Here are just a few fun facts about Daylight Saving and Standard Time:

Some Opt Out. Not every state follows daylight savings time. Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands adhere to standard time all year long.  Arizona’s excuse: the sun would set around 9pm in the summer.

Yes, deer!  The return to standard time comes at the height of breeding season for deer.  Doe and buck run more wild than usual, making the now twilight drive home riskier for human commuters.

Changeover occurs at 2am for a reason. Rather than starting at midnight, the time change forward and back is delayed until 2am when it will impact the least amount of awake Americans, shift changes, and time clocks.

Moving the clock moves your internal clock as well.  Experts say that it will take at least one day per hour of change to reset your internal clock known as your circadian rhythm.

Short sleepers and early risers have the hardest time adjusting to the time changes.  Those who normally get under 7.5 hours of sleep per night and those who get up early experience almost a full week of waking up earlier, waking up during the night, and having more difficulty falling asleep.

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