Early this week, most people probably woke up feeling a little bit tired, because of the loss of an hour of sleep from Daylight Saving Time. I feel this needs to be the last time Ontario observes this annual time change.
For one thing, it throws off our natural body clock, or circadian rhythm, leading to issues, early in the week, with sleep. From the time that we shifted our clocks back in November, we have been used to a certain time of getting up, and going to bed. However, when we switch the clocks ahead, the body has to start all over again, getting used to a new routine. Just writing this column, I can feel the difference the time change has made on me.
For employers, this means less production from employees, as everyone tries to adjust to the change. According to a study done by two U.S. university professors, workers are more likely to use the computer, for non-work related activities, more on the Monday following the time change. This makes sense, as I’ve found the more tired you feel, the less motivated you feel.
As well, a study done by McMaster University has found that there are more traffic accidents after we move the clocks forward.
It is important to also note that not every province in Canada observes daylight saving time. Saskatchewan observes year round central standard time, never changing the clocks forward or back. The province of Alberta is also considering getting rid of daylight saving time. Isn't it time for Ontario to decide to choose one time and stick with it? Wise words from a colleague once said that doing something just because that’s how we have always done it, is not a good reason.
I think everyone would be better off if the province decided, to stop observing this annual time change and chose one time to stick with year round.
Be careful adjusting this week everyone.
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