It's almost time to do that thing that so many people just hate--adjust the clock as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.

Granted, most folks hate "Springing Forward" a bit more than they hate "Falling Back," but neither one has many fans anymore (if it ever did).

As a kid, I was under the impression that some responsible person (usually my mom) had to be holding the clock, ready to make the necessary adjustment, at exactly 2am. Otherwise you screw the whole thing up and end up having to do the extra math until next clock change.

But no, my wife informed me, one can set it forward or back before calling it a night and still be okay. Thus far, she's been right.

Most areas of the United States observe Daylight Saving Time, the exceptions being Arizona (except for the Navajo, who do observe daylight saving time on tribal lands), Hawaii, and the overseas territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.

As for the rest of the world, Sleep.org says:

  • Many countries along and below the equator don’t participate in Daylight Savings Time. Due to their location, the daylight hours don’t change much from season to season, so there’s no need to turn their clocks forward or back. However, this isn’t a steadfast rule, as some areas of South America do follow it, including Chili and sections of Brazil.
  • In Australia, it’s up to the states and territories to decide whether they want to use Daylight Savings Time, which is why “Down Under” is divided when it comes to who adjusts their clocks. Western Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory do not observe Daylight Savings Time.
  • China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and India do not observe Daylight Savings Time.
  • While the European Union and the rest of Europe all change their clocks, Iceland chooses not to.
  • Most of Africa opts out of Daylight Savings Time, but there are some exceptions, like Egypt, Libya, and Namibia. There has been talk of reintroducing it to South Africa, but as of now, the country does not follow Daylight Savings Time.