DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME 2022

When does Daylight Savings Time start in 2022?

Daylight Saving Time is over, and the US has returned to Standard Time. Much to the displeasure of many, clocks will be turned forward again in March.

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When does Daylight Savings Time start in 2022?
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Americans in most states across the US got to enjoy an extra hour in bed 7 November 2021 if their body clock didn’t wake them up as usual. Clocks were turned back an hour to return them to Standard Time for the shorter days of the winter months.

Come March though, residents in those states that observe Daylight Saving Time will have to turn their clocks forward again. They’ll get an extra hour of daylight but lose an hour of sleep. And if they forget to change the time before they go to bed, probably be late to their morning appointments.

When do clocks change for Daylight Savings Time?

The twice annual ritual of changing clocks dates back to the First World War. But it wasn’t until the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that the process was coordinated across most of the US with some quirks in some places. Not all states observe the time change and it wasn’t until 2007 the Indiana as a whole observed the change.

The current schedule for adjusting clocks twice a year was established under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Part of the legislation extended Daylight Saving Time by a month, moving the time change to the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

Daylight Saving Time 2022

13 March 2022: clocks turn forward at 2 am

6 November 2022: clocks turn back at 2 am

Changing clocks twice a year is unpopular

A poll back in 2019 found that 71 percent of Americans don’t like switching their clocks back and forth twice a year. The problem is which system to use, Daylight Saving Time, with an extra hour of sunlight, or Standard Time. Lawmakers in Washington and several state legislatures have introduced bills to make Daylight Saving Time permanent, 19 have enacted bills or resolutions to do so, some contingent on their neighbors doing the same.

The problem is that according to the 2019 AP-NORC poll more Americans, 40 percent, would prefer to have Standard Time year round. Add to that, another poll taken by CBS just four years prior found that Americans were split about down the middle about whether they wanted the twice annual time change or not.

Countries pushing to end the confusing system

The practice of following Daylight Savings Time from spring to fall is mainly done in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Due to the tilt of the Earth the length of the day changes from season to season. Countries around the Equator don’t experience much of a difference, if any, to the amount of sunlight they get throughout the year.

Several countries have already abandoned the practice of turning the hour back and forth during the year. Russia, a very northern country where parts are in perpetual darkness or light for parts of the year, ditched the practice in 2010 citing health concerns for its citizens.

The US is one of around 70 countries that changes its clocks twice annually, but that number may be shrink. The European Union is considering keeping perpetual Daylight Saving Time and had wanted to end the practice of adjusting the hour twice a year by 2021. However, the proposal was approved in 2018 but the covid-19 pandemic has delayed implementation of dropping Standard Time for good.

Unlike the US, resident of the European Union change their clocks on the last Sunday in March and October.