Many people gripe about Daylight Saving time ending because it means an earlier sunset (technically the sun still sets at the same time, we just change the clocks), which makes people feel tired earlier, or that their day is ending quicker. It is not as noticible that sunrise is earlier, as it is that sun sets earlier, because most people stay awake well past sunset.

Historically, this was not always the case! Turning the clocks back one hour developed back in the Roman empire, but modern Daylight Saving Time was developed by New Zealand’s George Vernon Hudson back in 1895. He was a golfer, and worked part time jobs that led him to value his hours of sunshine. He wrote a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society proposing changing to add 2 hours of daylight to the summer months.

It was also rumored that extra hours were added to summer/early fall months to give farmers more time in the fields, since in the 1800′s and early 1900′s many people went to bed around sunset and work up at sunrise to work. Benjamin Franklin famously once said “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

While in modern day some people dislike the switch to an earlier sunset because our lifestyles have shifted to productivity later in the day, people also do appreciate an extra hour of sleep time on a weekend.

I know a few people who appreciate the early sunset….and their alarms go off at 2:30 am to bring you the morning news!