Gentle reminder: Clocks spring forward this weekend

 

It's that time of year again when we lose an hour of sleep.

On Sunday (March 14) at 2 a.m. Daylight Saving Time begins and clocks will spring forward one hour, and we're all going to lose an hour of sleep.

Why do we put ourselves through this torture, you might ask? It was started back in the early 1900's to help make better use of daylight in the spring/summer months and conserve energy.

So there's that environmental angle that might make you feel a little better about the practice come Monday morning.

Fun fact: Thunder Bay was the first community in Canada to adopt the time change.

Residents are also encouraged to take this time to install new batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks.

Working smoke alarms provide this protection. They are required on every storey of the home and outside of all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.

Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

To prepare for daylight saving time to begin, experts say there are a few things you can do to ease yourself into it:

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before and after Daylight Saving Time to help your body fall asleep naturally.
  • Get plenty of exercise and sunshine (if possible)
  • Reset your clocks even a couple days before the change to get yourself in the mindset
  • Go to be earlier leading up to the change

There you have it, but we all know we're still going to be exhausted on Monday. Just remember: we're all in this together.

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