This is the weekend most sleep-deprived Canadians will lose an hour of sleep as they switch from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time.
Before going to bed tonight, turn your clocks and watches ahead one hour. Sleep expert Dr. Shelby Harris says the Circadian Rhythm, or body clock, does not respond well to abrupt clock changes.
“One hour of difference when you have to wake up an hour earlier can actually really impact many different areas of your health including memory, attention, concentration, accidents. There’s even an increased risk of heart attack that’s been documented,” she says.
Dr. Harris suggests people who make the adjustment every year should try to trick their bodies by doing everything one hour earlier than usual.
The time change does not apply to Saskatchewan, which is on Central Standard Time year-round. For the rest of the country, Daylight Saving Time ends November 6.