Daylight Saving Time 2023: Do I Lose an Hour or Gain an Hour?

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It’s one of the most common questions people have been asking for decades. Do I lose an hour or gain an hour with Daylight Saving Time? Fall is always when you “fall back” an hour, so you gain an hour. Spring you spring forward and lose an hour.

Daylight Saving Time 2023 (a.k.a. “Daylight Savings Time”) in the United States technically ends Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2am (since the timing can be confusing it’s late, late night Saturday, Nov. 4 so when you wake up Sunday morning your clock is an hour behind). Set your clocks back one hour — at that time, and begin to experience the increasing darkness as winter approaches.

This tradition dates back to 1942 during World War II when President Franklin Roosevelt reestablished a 1918 bill that allowed for seasonal time shifting. The “War Time” only lasted until 1945. The idea returned in the U.S. in 1966 with the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which established the idea of regulating a yearly time change. The time changes would happen the first weekend in April and the last weekend in October, however, in 2007 it was changed to the current practice, which is beginning the second Sunday in March and ending on the first Sunday in November.

When does Daylight Saving Time 2023 end? In most of the United States, Daylight Saving Time 2023 ends at 2am local time on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023.

When Daylight Saving Time 2023 ends, do I gain an hour or lose an hour? When Daylight Saving Time 2023 ends on Nov. 5, you will set your clocks back one hour, thereby gaining an hour (an easy way to remember how to set your clocks is to “Spring Forward” in the spring, and “Fall Back” in the fall).

When will Daylight Saving Time begin again? Daylight Saving Time in most of the United States will start again Sunday, March 10, 2024.

How will my favorite TV shows be affected by Daylight Saving Time ending? Your favorite programs will still be airing at their usual times once Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 5 (hopefully you’ll enjoy a little more light outside where you live). If you happen to be up when Daylight Saving Time ends at 2am on Nov. 5, you may notice oddities in your onscreen program guide, but that is just basically an illusion caused by the moving backward of one hour at that moment.

Most DVRs and onscreen guides should automatically account for Daylight Saving Time ending. However, if you still use a VCR that does not automatically change for Daylight Saving Time, make sure you adjust its clock accordingly to ensure you don’t record an extra hour of programming before your favorite show starts.

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