TIt's almost SPRINGTIME!
Daylights Savings Time is coming this weekend! It's time to Spring forward away from all this winter B.S.
Don't forget to set your clocks forward this Sunday, March 11 - at 3 AM.
Monday, March 12th, is typically one of the most dangerous days of the year. The population goes into rush-mode and the day usually has the highest amount of accidents and issues among locals.
Here are 7 horrible and odd things about DST that you (maybe) didn't know:
1. Saskatchewan does not "observe" DST.
I know, right? I don't get this. Saskatchewan seems out of touch here with the rest of the country, and I find it hilarious! I am from the prairies, so I have a natural disdain for Saskatchewan since I am from Manitoba.
Apparently, because Saskatchewan is so flat, the sun is up early and sets late all the time. This is also true for Manitoba, but DST is still very much a thing there. Way to go, Saskatchewan, you win the weirdo award in Canada.
2. It turns us all into lousy workers
If only temporarily. One study suggests that for every hour of sleep lost resulted in about 20% of work time spent slacking off. What it comes down to is a marked lack of attention to a task at hand. Wasteful in an office setting. Potentially life-threatening when you’re working in trades.
3. It does bad things to the economy
There was a study in Indiana back in 2006 that showed before-and-after data, as the state did not observe DST across the board. The results showed an increase in utility bills as AC and electricity were widely used longer in a day. Source.
4. Pedestrians and driver become careless
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety reports that collisions on Monday after DST increase across the country. B.C saw an increase of 23% while Manitoba saw a 20% hike based on their 2015 data.
5. Serious illness risk goes up
Even an hour of sleep loss can throw off your whole body's natural clock, resulting in increased risk of severe or life-threatening health afflictions.
6. Our bodies don't adjust
Some people can shake off the time change, others can achieve it in a few weeks... but a 2007 study suggests that we are just "coping" and humans may never actually adjust to Daylight Savings Time.
7. DST is observed in about 70 countries around the world.
Okay, sorry Saskatchewan - maybe I spoke too soon. Many countries around the world do not Spring forward or Fall back. Most of these countries are in Asia and Africa. Northen areas of South America also do not use DST, while the southern areas like Brazil and Paraguay do observe the time change.
We have to hear about it relentlessly
...and I'm part of the problem! Yes, every year the worst part of DST is that you need to hear about it all the time.
On that note, I'm down here.
Happy (almost) Spring, Montreal, see you on the other side!