Daylight Savings this weekend. Time to Spring Forward.
Not all of Canada observes Daylight Savings Time – notably most of Saskatchewan, Fort Nelson, Creston and the Peace River Regional District in B.C., don’t change their clocks. A few towns in Ontario and Quebec’s north shore also don’t do Daylight Saving.
Neither do most African and Asian countries.
But for those of use who do still observe this practice, we need to remember to turn our clocks forward 1 hour this weekend.
This shift in our waking time can cause health problems according to Dr. Andrew Lim, a neuroscientist and sleep researcher at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital. Studies have shown that this practice can lead to sleep deprivation. On the plus side, it also means it will no longer get dark out before we eat dinner and we can all look forward to those long, lazy summer nights.
Here are some tips on how to Drive Safely this Daylight Savings time.
Adjust the timing of your other daily routines
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests that in addition to going to bed early, you should also adjust daily routines that are “time cues” for your body. For example, eating dinner a touch earlier each evening.
Spring forward in the early evening on Saturday
Set your clocks to spring forward early Saturday evening, then go to sleep at your “regular” bedtime. By doing so, you’re basically spring forwarding your sleep one night earlier. Stick to your normal bedtime on Sunday too.
Get some Vitamin D
Try to catch some rays in the early morning sunlight on Sunday.
Go to bed early the days leading up to the time change
Start going to bed early, about 15 minutes each night, leading up to the change in clocks. It will give your body a chance to acclimatize sooner.
Work from home
If you have the option to work from home, this is the ideal day (or two) to take advantage of it to steer clear of the commute. That way, you can avoid other drivers who might be feeling the effects of a lack of sleep.
Don’t drive distracted
Always important—no matter what time of year—but worth the reminder: don’t drive distracted. Turn the radio down, drink your coffee at the office (or at home), don’t take breakfast or your afternoon snack to go, and save the call (even if it is hands-free) for later.
Bring your sunglasses along for the ride
The shift in time may mean that you’re now driving home while the day is still bright. Make sure you’ve got a pair of sunglasses in the car.
Originally published in March 2019 – updated for clarity and grammar.