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An extra hour: Clocks 'fall back,' Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend

Posted March 5, 2021 9:48 a.m. EST
Updated November 5, 2021 1:37 p.m. EDT

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14. 

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.

On Saturday night, Nov. 6, people should set their clocks back one hour. Note that most smartphones and electronic devices will automatically adjust at 2 a.m.

The time change means many people will get an extra hour of sleep.

The idea of Daylight Saving Time is to make better use of natural daylight. Once the clocks fall backward on Sunday, you will notice an earlier sunset -- around 5:15 p.m.

Many don't like the idea of changing the clocks, and some scientists say it doesn't make sense health-wise.

"From a sleep science perspective, (changing the clocks) doesn't make any sense," said Dr. Rafael Pelayo, a sleep specialist with the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center. "Biologically it doesn't make any sense."

State lawmakers are trying again this year to pass a bill keeping North Carolina on Daylight Saving Time year-round. The sponsor says it's meant to send a message to Congress.

House Bill 307 would create a "North Carolina Time Zone" that would keep the state on "spring forward" time all year, doing away with "falling back" to Eastern Standard Time each November if the federal government authorizes states to do so. Fifteen other states have passed similar bills, including many in the Southeast.

Daylight Saving Time begins again at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.

WRAL Capitol Bureau chief Laura Leslie contributed to this report.

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