First implemented more than a century ago, Daylight Saving Time is an annual practice that's considered more of a conundrum than it is understood by the masses. Though it is meant to preserve energy and make better use of daylight, the yearly onset and end of DST continues to confuse global populations. Sparking questions of when to set the clocks forward or back, how much more or less sleep you'll get, and what DST means for your morning or nighttime rituals, it's really the most annoyingly confusing period of time felt around the world.
As the onset of DST approaches in 2017, many Americans have noticed the sun setting later and later, enjoying slightly warmer temperatures as spring teases its way into the atmosphere. This year, be prepared for longer days and more hours of sunshine in the evening with the start of Daylight Saving Time on Sun., Mar. 12 in the United States. According to timeanddate.com, at 2:00 a.m. local time, clocks will spring one hour forward, marked by the first sunset to take place an hour later than it has all year. Save yourself the panic of running behind schedule after losing an hour of sleep, and have your manual clocks at the ready.
As the warmth of spring and summer turn to crisp, cool nights by the bonfire and the changing colors of leaves, DST will end on Sunday, Nov. 5, when the sun will set one hour earlier than the night before. In turn, Americans will set their clocks one hour back at 2:00 a.m., timeanddate.com states, gaining one hour of sleep as they move into Monday morning and jump into the cold seasons. During this time, there will be more light in the early hours of morning, and sunlight nights will come to a close much earlier than during DST.