DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME 2019 IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
It’s a tradition that’s persisted in Canada for over 100 years: Daylight Saving Time. It was introduced to allow us to make better use of daylight. An extra hour of light during summer evenings was intended to help us conserve energy and increase productivity, although its effectiveness has varied from industry to industry. Now, a century later, Canadians are debating if this antiquated practice should be put to rest. Recent polling has uncovered that 93% of British Columbians are in favour of remaining on Daylight Saving Time year round.
WHEN DO THE CLOCKS FALL BACK?
Mark your calendars. On November 3rd, 2019 we’ll push back the clocks by one hour in British Columbia, Canada. That means you’ll be able to fit in an extra hour of sleep. Kids and pets, however, may have difficulty adjusting to the time change. Despite giving us an extra hour to sleep in, it’s associated with an increased risk of accidents. It turns out shifting the time by just one hour can disrupt our sleep patterns and daily habits. Continue reading to learn how you can minimize your risks and make the switch away from Daylight Saving Time easier for yourself and your family.
HOW DOES DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME AFFECT YOUR HEALTH?
Losing sleep can have detrimental effects on your mental and physical health. Sleep deprivation affects our hormones, leading to changes in mood and appetite. You may find yourself overeating or craving unusual foods during the time change. If you notice your mood is affected, it may present complications for your relationships and productivity. It’s clear shifting your sleep schedule by just one hour is a difficult adjustment with real consequences for your well-being. However, with a bit of planning, you can mitigate the risks.
TIPS FOR ADJUSTING TO DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
It’s not easy to adjust to the time difference. Kids and pets in particular may not understand why their mealtime or bedtime has been changed. Make the adjustment process easier by getting a head start. We suggest shifting the clock by 15 minutes each day to allow for a smooth transition. You’ll save yourself the headache of cranky children who refuse to nap, and pets that are begging for dinner. You may also find it helpful to spend time outdoors, perhaps taking your kids or dogs along for a walk, to help your body adjust to the time. Fresh air and exercise are both great for helping you sleep better, which is exactly what you need during the time change.
How do you feel about Daylight Saving Time? The verdict is still out as to whether we should continue to switch the clocks forward and back throughout the year, so only time will tell if it’s here to stay. With nearly a month left until we shift the clocks, there’s still plenty of time to prepare for a smooth transition. Getting a head start is beneficial for your health and well-being, so we suggest giving it a try. Changing the clocks by only 15 minutes per day can gradually help you prepare for the full one hour time difference.