Get ready to 'fall back': Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend

Daylight Saving Time 2020
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(WBEN) If you could use an extra hour of sleep (and who couldn't these days?), we've got some good news.

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend when we revert back to standard time at 2 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Sunday, Nov. 1 — setting the clocks back one hour.

By "falling back," we’ll see more daylight in the morning but that also means it will get darker earlier.

Authorities also suggest testing and changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set your clocks back, to make sure they're always in working order.

Why do we change our clocks, anyway? Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the U.S. during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. The passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005 extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks – from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November.

The whole concept has become controversial, with many in Michigan asserting that Daylight Saving Time is antiquated and unnecessary. Several bills have been drafted over the years to exclude our state from the twice-a-year time changes, but lawmakers have never moved to adopt legislation.

Daylight Saving Time will start again March 14, 2021, when we’ll set our clocks ahead one hour.