The clocks get set back tonight.

The Clocks Go Back an Hour, Though You Still Can’t Turn Back Time


The blanket has been sewn, and re-sewn.

It’s that time of year again, the fabled “fall back” day on which we gratefully grab back that hour of stolen sleep taken earlier this year.

It means, of course, that at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, November 3—while we are sleeping off our respective Halloween and Day of the Dead revelries—the clocks will surreptitiously move back an hour, giving us a bit more blissful rest.

From now until next March, the Navajo Reservation will be in sync with Arizona, one of two states that does not observe Daylight Savings Time, as ABC News affiliate ABC15 noted recently. The other is Hawaii. Neither do Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, writes Gayle Falkenthal for Communities at

Ben Franklin first came up with the idea to save money on candles, according to the Associated Press, and in World War I it was done to save on coal. About 70 countries participate currently, though its energy-saving properties have been all but debunked, the AP noted. 

“It's been shown that Daylight Saving does little to save on energy, and studies show that energy saved on lighting in the summer months is canceled out by our increased use of heating and air conditioning,” AP reported on November 1. “Moving our clocks forward in spring also has proved a health hazard, causing an increase in heart attacks and traffic accidents as well as less life-threatening ‘cyberloafing behavior.’ ”

As the old Indian purportedly said, “Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”

So sleep in, and don’t be late!