We’ll get an extra hour this weekend as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.
At 2:00 A.M. Sunday our clocks will fall back one hour to 1 A.M. This means next week our sunrise will be an hour earlier, as will our sunset.
Apart from tricking a churchgoers to arrive early Sunday morning, and confusing your kid's sleep schedule, the shift in time has some interesting effects.
For example, while most people have only a handful of clocks to adjust, Nick Lanteigne from GNM Fine Jewelers in the Clearspring Centre will have his hands full as he turns back time on around 200 watches.
"We are going to have to go through and start to change the time on each watch,” he describes. “So, you pull it out of the case, set the time, make sure it’s clean, take all of your fingerprints off, put it back in the case, and make it look good again."
Without any distractions, Lanteigne says he could probably finish the job in under four hours, however, he’s rarely without distractions for that amount of time.
Meanwhile, it is surprisingly easy to turn back time on Steinbach’s clock tower at Reimer Avenue and Main Street. With the mechanism being entirely electric, city crews simply turn off power to the clock stopping it in its place. Then, an hour later, turn it back on at precisely the right time.
La Broquerie’s Ian Plett says his trucking company uses electronic logs which does make time change easier. That said, he does still need to account for the shift the Saturday beforehand.
As for our health, Dr. Denis Fortier with Southern Health says the end of Daylight Saving Time in fall is easier on our bodies than the beginning of Daylight Saving Time in spring.
"I think what you have to do is just kind of basically say what's my usual time frame that I sleep," suggests Dr. Fortier. "If I'm an eight-hour sleeper, I need to get to bed at this time to wake up at this time and try to do that consistently, especially through this weekend."
Dr. Fortier says resetting our natural clocks is something we are more accustomed to in modern society thanks to travel. He notes for those who travel a lot, gaining or losing a single hour of sleep is well within reason. He notes, generally speaking, our bodies need one day to recover for every hour gained or lost. With that in mind, he says we should be accustomed to this weekend's time change by Monday or Tuesday.