Spring forward: Adjusting to the time change
Friday, March 7, 2014, 4:22 PM -
On Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m., most Canadians will move their clocks forward an hour as we transition from Standard Time to Daylight Time.
Although it means a lost hour of sleep, it's also a sign that the spring season is near, even if it doesn't feel like it.
Some studies have shown that on the Monday following the spring change, the number of traffic accidents has increased. Experts blame it on the lack of sleep when the clocks spring forward so motorists are encouraged to take extra caution on the roads.
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Believe it or not, losing an hour can have a deep impact on your inner body clock and circadian rhythms.
But there are ways you can reset your sleep patterns and prepare for the change ahead of time. That way, your sleep won't be interrupted.
Doctors say it's best to modify your schedule about a week before the official change.
We're only a few days out now, but try setting your clocks an hour ahead now to try and ease into the new sleep pattern.
And keep hydrated. Drinking a lot of water helps the body adjust.
After the time change, stay active during the day and do something relaxing a few hours before you retire for the night.
If you're taking medication, begin to take it a little later, especially if the drugs affect sleeping habits.
Taking these small steps a few days before the change can help regulate melatonin, a hormone in your body that helps your inner body clock adjust, leaving you with a good night's sleep.
Since the late 1960s Saskatchewan has not observed Daylight Time and remains on Standard Time all year round.
As you move your clock ahead one hour, it's best to change your smoke alarm batteries at the same time.
Homeowners are reminded to:
- Install one smoke alarm per floor and outside sleeping areas
- Never remove a smoke alarm from the ceiling due to a nuisance alarm
- Install fresh batteries in all smoke and CO alarms at least annually
- Replace smoke alarms older than 10 years old
- Practice a home fire Escape Plan together with the family
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