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Set Clocks Back One Hour Sunday
Updated October 29, 2015 8:14 AM
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(UNDATED) - Most Americans will be able to get an extra hour of sleep this weekend thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, at which point most of the country will set their clocks back one hour.

Daylight Saving Time is a practice in much of Western civilization in which we set our clocks forward one hour during the warmer months and set them back one hour to Standard Time during the winter.

There are two reasons behind this twice-yearly shift.

The first is that bumping the clocks forward an hour during the spring and summer months allows farmers to work on their farms later during the growing and harvest seasons. The second version of the story, adjusted for the modern working person, says that the extra hour of daylight during the spring and summer allows people on an eight-hour office schedule to spend an extra hour outdoors when they get home.

Residents of Hawaii, most of Arizona and some U.S. territories don't have to change since they do not observe daylight-saving time.

Public safety officials say this is also a good time to put a new battery in the smoke alarm, no matter where you live.

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. local time the second Sunday in March.

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