- The spring forward for Daylight Savings means that Montreal bars will have to cut an hour off their alcohol service.
- The bars can make up this lost hour in the fall.
If you're planning on pulling an all-night rager this weekend, we're sorry to disappoint you because Montreal bars are closing early this weekend thanks to daylight savings time. The Quebec Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux detailed that all bars in the province will have to close at 2 a.m. rather than the usual 3 a.m. on the night of Saturday, March 7. Clocks will be advanced by one hour on this night.
Finally, spring is upon us and we won't complain that we're getting more daylight but don't be mad at the bartender for closing the watering hole early!
While our moods will definitely improve over the course of the next few weeks, Montrealers should be aware that the biannual time change comes with some negative consequences.
According to a study published by the American College of Cardiology, the day after "springing forward" is one of the deadliest days of the year. Researchers found that there is a 25% increase in heart attacks compared to any normal day.
If that wasn't bad enough, the Journal of Applied Psychology found that there's a spike in workplace industries due to an almost 40-minute sleep loss during daylight savings time.
So, not only do we have to leave the bar early, but we might get a heart attack, lose 40 minutes of sleep, and get hurt at work? Oy vey.
Maybe this daylight savings time isn't such a good idea, after all. Indeed, medical experts are lining up against it.
Christopher Barnes, author of the psychological study into daylight savings times reported that there were "3.6 more injuries on the Mondays following the switch to daylight saving time compared to other days, and 2,649 more days of work were lost as a result of those injuries."
Another study from the University of British Columbia suggests that daylight savings time is responsible for a spike in accidental deaths, including a marked increase in car accidents.
With all that in mind, you're probably wondering what the point of all this even is.
The idea is that by advancing the clocks forward during the warmer months, people can take advantage of more daylight. Only a small number of countries actually use daylight savings time, mainly in North America and Europe.
Daylight savings AGAIN??? I’m not doing it this time. Sick of it. I’m gonna live my life an hour behind everyone else.— Kyle Keefe (@Kyle Keefe) 1583451045.0
Daylight savings time was actually first attempted in Canada in 1908.
However, the first country to universally implement daylight saving time was Germany in 1916 to conserve coal during wartime.
As for Montreal, it sucks that we can't stay out all night this weekend, but hey, stock up on some drinks at home and spend the night in.
If you're feeling extra tired on Monday, blame daylight savings time.
Be safe out there, folks!