TWIN CITIES, MN – Ready or not, it’s time to fall back.
After months of long days and abundant sunshine, daylight saving time – or daylight saving time, as it is often called – will end on Sunday, November 7, a week later than the year. last. This means you’ll get an extra hour of sleep or another hour in the city before stepping back an hour before bed.
It also means preparing yourself for less sun at night. On November 7, the sun will set at 4:52 p.m. in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
November 1 is the earliest possible date for the end of daylight saving time, which officially occurs at 2 a.m. during normal sleep hours.
The days will continue to get shorter as we get closer to the winter solstice on December 21. Returning to standard time can also make the change more abrupt, triggering many Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, a type of depression that occurs during late fall and early winter.
The exact cause of SAD is not known, but research suggests that limited sunlight is one reason, and symptoms usually subside as the days grow longer and daylight saving time returns on the first Sunday in the morning. March.
“SAD is not a minor ailment, but because people usually only experience it for certain months, they don’t see it as a serious problem. However, it is imperative to treat,” Dr Paolo Cassano said. , a psychiatrist specializing in -level light therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital, affiliated with Harvard, told Harvard Health Publishing.
For years, advocates of sunlight have created a movement to make daylight saving time permanent. In response, almost all states have considered legislation to remove the time change twice a year.
Since 2015, at least 350 bills and resolutions have been introduced in virtually every state. In 2018, Florida became the first state to enact legislation to permanently observe daylight saving time; However, no law passed can come into force until there is a change in federal law.
The 19 states where legislatures have approved bills promoting year-round daylight saving time are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine , Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
California voters allowed daylight saving time all year round in 2018, but action on the referendum is still pending in the state legislature.
In March, US Senator Marco Rubio, along with several other senators, reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act, a federal law that would make daylight saving time permanent across the country.
“The call to end the archaic practice of clock changing is growing across the country,” Rubio said in a press release. âStudies have shown many benefits of year-round daylight saving time, which is why the Florida legislature voted to make it permanent in 2018. I am proud to reintroduce this bipartisan bill to make it permanent. daylight saving time and give families in our country more stability throughout the year. “