The first week of November is already coming to a close. Along with the changing season and folks getting into the holiday spirit, there is another event that comes around this time of year that we can't ignore: turning the clocks back one hour!

That's right! Daylight saving time is right around the corner. Everybody needs to sync their clocks back one hour before 2 a.m. Sunday. Luckily, most clocks are now automated to sync on their own. But for many of us who wear watches or use manual clocks, a friendly reminder is usually necessary for this biannual event. 

Since the 1970s, modern daylight saving time has been observed in most of the U.S. with Arizona and Hawaii being the exceptions. These two states do not deviate from standard time zone changes.

Many people don't quite understand the point of daylight saving, and the confusion isn't completely unwarranted, but it could depend on where you live and how much of a morning person you are. The effect of DST isn't about the change of daylight hours, but rather it shifts sunrise and sunset times relative to our clocks.

According to a post from Stanford University's Computer Science Department, there are several benefits of Daylight Saving Time:

  • It shifts summer daylight to evening hours, when it can be enjoyed more.
  • It saves energy, because people don't use their lights as much in the evening. 
  • It reduces accidents, because people are less likely to be driving in the dark.
  • It keeps sunrise time in a narrower range. Without DST, you either have the sun rising way too early in summer, or you have the sun rising way too late in the winter.

"Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

This famous quote from Benjamin Franklin is an adage to the idea that a successful person keeps a consistent daily sleep schedule. With the inclusion of daylight saving time, this is entirely possible. This weekend when you turn your clocks back (and gain an extra hour of sleep!) make sure you keep in mind the benefits of this biannual holiday.