Spring is always a time to rejoice, except, of course, when it’s time to lose an hour of sleep in exchange for brighter and sunnier afternoons. Although most of Canada will spring ahead an hour this weekend as they switch from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time, most Canadians will wonder if losing an hour of sleep is that big of a deal as compared to the advantage of having extended afternoons and brighter evenings.
The time change doesn’t apply to Saskatchewan, which remains on Central Standard Time year-round. From now until the beginning of November, be prepared to wake up when it’s still a bit dusky, but savour coming home with brighter skies accompanying you after your grueling day at work.
What’s the tradeoff? Well, until our body and brain adapts to this new clock, drivers are advised to be particularly careful as sleep-deprivation is a recipe for accelerated road accidents. Students appearing for exams better be mindful of the change as reaching your venue an hour late will spell doom.
Want tips to adjust to this new rhythm? Well, the easiest one is to go to bed early so you don’t feel the pinch of the lost sleep hour. If you have kids or toddlers, make sure they are getting enough naps during the day. Avoid caffeine during the night so you don’t stay up and start the day with unwanted stress. Make sure every clock in the house shows he same time. There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing that you could have more time in your day, but you don’t. Try not to be late for work. Most employers are okay if you reach early, but latecomers usually get negative publicity. The best transition method? Well, if you know the mandatory change is coming Sunday, be pro-active and move the clock ahead on Saturday so that you are all geared up before the next week is upon you! Once you are all tuned up, you will be sure to relish the evening walk, jog or run even after you come home from work. Gym is good but nothing beats fresh air!
About the author:
Vinita Kinra has been featured among 150 most remarkable Canadians by Canadian Race Relations Foundation. She is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection, Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.