Manitobans received an extra hour of sleep as we turned our clocks back one hour last night.
Daylight Saving Time comes to an end at 2 a.m. on Sunday which means daylight will begin earlier in the morning and the sun will set earlier in the afternoon.
The time change can be difficult to adjust to for some people because the move can mess with a body's circadian rhythm, that natural, internal process that regulates our sleep-wake cycle.
That change is not always an easy one to make for some people according to Dr. Denis Fortier, VP of Medical Services for Southern Health.
He says, however, the return to Standard Time in fall is an easier transition for most of us.
"If we had to gauge which time change was the better one of the two, I would say the change in fall is better because we're actually gaining an hour. Yes, it messes up our circadian rhythm, our internal 24-hour biological clock, but not to the same degree as losing an hour in the spring does."
Dr. Fortier says there are some things people can do to prepare for the time change and enjoy a smoother transition.
"One of the things that I do is consider my Saturday evening as the start point. So, when the clock hits midnight, you know that it's really 11 p.m., so why not stay up a little bit later on Saturday. Don't wait until Sunday to stay up because that makes it hard to start your workweek. Start on Saturday and by Sunday you're body is already getting into the change and by Monday you are good to go."
Daylight Saving Time was established to make better use of the day’s light by moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Experts believed the time change would save energy, lower crime, and reduce traffic accidents.
A number of studies have been conducted that challenge the reality of those benefits.