End of daylight saving time in Santa Monica in 2021

SANTA MONICA, CA – Ready or not, it’s time to fall behind.

After months of long days and lots of sunshine, daylight saving time – or summer time as it is often called – ends on Sunday, November 7th, a full week later than last year. This means you can enjoy an extra hour of sleep or another hour on the town before turning your clocks back an hour when you go to bed.

It also means preparing for less sunlight in the evenings. The sun sets in Santa Monica at 4:55 pm on November 7th.

November 1st is the earliest possible date for the end of daylight saving time, which officially occurs at 2 a.m. during normal sleeping hours.

The days are getting shorter and shorter as we approach the winter solstice on December 21st. Falling back to Standard Time can also make the change more abrupt and trigger many seasonal affective disorders, or SAD, a type of depression that occurs during late fall and early winter.

The exact cause of SAD is unknown, but research suggests that limited sunlight is a cause and symptoms usually go away as the days lengthen and daylight saving time returns on the first Sunday in March.

“SAD is not a minor illness, but because people typically only experience it during certain months, they do not see it as a serious problem. However, it is imperative to treat it,” Dr. Paolo Cassano, a psychiatrist who specializes in low-level light therapy at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, said Harvard Health Publishing.

For years, proponents of sunlight have started a movement to make daylight saving time permanent. In response, almost every state has considered legislation to abolish the twice-yearly clock change.

Since 2015, at least 350 bills and resolutions have been introduced in practically every federal state. In 2018, Florida became the first state to enact laws to permanently adhere to daylight saving time. However, passed laws can only come into force after the federal law has been amended.

The 19 states that legislators have approved year-round daylight saving time laws are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

California voters approved year-round daylight saving time in 2018, but the referendum is still pending.

In March, US Senator Marco Rubio, along with several other senators, reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act, a federal law that would make daylight saving time permanent across the country.

“The reputation for ending the antiquated practice of clock change is gaining momentum across the country,” Rubio said in a press release. “Studies have shown many benefits of year-round daylight saving time, which is why Florida legislators voted in 2018 to make it more stable all year round.”

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