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Daylight saving time 2022: what time do we change the clock?

As we say goodbye to the winter months, it's almost time to put the clocks forward once again, meaning one less hour in bed. Here's what you need to know.

Daylight saving time 2022: what time do we change the clock?

Spring and summer are in sight for those living in the United States, some of whom have had a really harsh winter. And now, for those that observe Daylight Saving, is the time to flip forward the clocks by an hour as the days continue to get longer.

Yes, so there is always the risk that you'll be late for an appointment this Sunday or Monday, but with more and more digital devices and wearables updating automatically be careful if using that as an excuse. If you are in one of the states involved in this customary time travel, read on and find out more.

In other news:

When do clocks change for Daylight Saving 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

Do Americans agree with Daylight Saving?

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.

Which countries observe Daylight Saving?

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. So remember this if working out when a sport event begins on the continent.


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