DENVER (KDVR) — Get ready to change your clocks: Daylight saving time ends nationwide on Sunday, Nov. 5, and that, of course, includes the Centennial State.
While the twice-a-year change is not the most popular — with 62% of people wishing for the end of the tradition according to a YouGov poll — it is still the way of the world, at least in 48 states.
Why are we still falling back?
Colorado is one of many states that have passed legislation to stay on daylight time permanently. It did so in 2022.
However, as you may have already guessed, this did not stop the clock change. This is because current federal law only allows states to opt out permanently, which Arizona and Hawaii have done.
“We are waiting for permission from the federal movement so we can potentially be on permanent daylight time,” Colorado Rep. Cathy Kipp told FOX31.
Essentially, a new federal law to allow states to opt into daylight time permanently would need to be passed.
“I really don’t think it’s going to matter to have particular states to join. If the federal government does it, they’re not going to want a patchwork of states, they’re going to say everyone is on the same schedule and you guys can opt out to a different schedule if you want but you need to stay on the same time zone.”
Several bills were introduced by federal lawmakers to keep the whole country on daylight saving time permanently.
However, all of these bills have failed. The closest the country came to permanent daylight saving time was in 2022 when the Senate voted unanimously for a bill that would do just that.
That bill then stalled in the House of Representatives.
“It would be nice if things were a little more uniform and make it easier on us, just so we don’t have to anticipate what day it is,” Denver resident Ethan Kibble told FOX31.
While he said he isn’t particularly divided about the issue, it certainly affects him.
“I think I feel the same way most people do. I really like when it drops back an hour and we get an extra hour of sleep, but when I have to wake up an hour early I’m not excited about that,” he said. “I do have insomnia so it’s kind of annoying, especially If I turn over, look at the alarm and see if I have any time left and like, oh yeah, it’s an hour ahead.”
What to prepare for
Because the change happens at 2 a.m., most people will be fast asleep when the clocks on their phones and other devices automatically switch over.
This means the first thing most people will likely notice is the earlier sunrise.
With the fallback to standard time, the sunrise in Denver goes from just after 7:30 a.m. on Saturday to 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.
This is, of course, paired with the earlier sunset later in the day. Saturday will mark the last sunset of the year after 5 p.m. in the Front Range, with the sunset at 5:55 p.m.
Just one day later, due to the return to standard time, the sunset will be at 4:54 p.m.