Daylight Saving ends at 2:00 Sunday morning and time falls back one hour.
The time change has an effect in several ways including people showing up early for church, strict cow milking routines, truck driver time logs, and resetting our internal clocks.
Tim Penner is a part owner of Benner Holsteins. Penner says they usually milk at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day adding cows notice the hour difference, get noisy, and milking becomes a challenge.
"I guess with the time change we don't get to see that hour of sleep because we would wake up 5:30 a.m. on that Sunday morning and in the cow's clock it would be 6:30 a.m. So, we ease them into it with a half-hour time split and we're a half-hour later on the Sunday morning."
He says normally there are 11 hours between morning milking and evening milking, and 13 hours between evening milking and the next morning. He notes in springtime when they lose an hour it is easy on the cows because there is then a 12 hour split between evening and morning. Penner says half of their barn is milked by robots which run 24 hours a day, so the clocks on them change automatically and the cows are none the wiser.
Darrell Dyck is the pastor at the Gospel Fellowship Church in Steinbach. Dyck says though most people are ready for the time change it can catch some people off guard.
"Every now and then you have someone showing up for Sunday school rather than for church. They're expecting to be there for church and then they're early. You can kind of see the sheepish look on their face. It's kind of humorous."
Dyck says when spring comes and we lose an hour people who forget to change their clocks often don't even show up at all, or they show up and realize the mistake they have made and leave. He adds with more and more clocks changing themselves this has become less of an issue.
Meanwhile, Ian Plett of La Broquerie says his trucking company uses electronic logs which makes it a little easier to keep track of, but as he heads out on Saturday morning he needs to account for the change by leaving an hour earlier.
"I will have to leave an hour earlier today because it will record the time change at night while I'm sleeping and, where I would normally then be ready to go at 8 a.m. on Sunday I will have to wait until 9 a.m. so my delivery Monday morning, if I need to be there for 7 a.m., I will need to take that into consideration today already."
Plett says the electronic logger has made it a little easier.
As for our own health, Dr. Denis Fortier with Southern Health-Santé Sud says we're messing with our 24-hour Circadian Rhythm, but notes it's easier to fall back an hour than to spring forward an hour in March.
"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."
According to Dr. Fortier, resetting our natural clock is something our bodies are accustomed to, within reason. Especially for those who do a lot of traveling, he says some people are constantly gaining or losing an hour of sleep. He notes the general rule of thumb is that our bodies need one day to recover for every one hour gained or lost. Based on that theory, he says by Monday or Tuesday of next week, we should be used to the time change.
As mentioned earlier, Dr. Fortier says springing forward is much tougher on the body. In the same way as flying east is tougher on the system than flying west, Dr. Fortier says losing an hour is more difficult to recover from. He says proof of that can be found in studies showing an increased number of motor vehicle collisions on the Monday following the time change in spring, compared to the time change in fall.
Meanwhile, Dr. Fortier says there is also seasonal affective disorder (SAD) to consider this time of year. He notes some people start experiencing SAD already in August, and so it doesn't just flick on this weekend because of the time change. But he says if he had his wish, we would have snow already. He notes the reflective nature of snow increases the amount of light during the day, which decreases the risk of SAD. Dr. Fortier says without snow this can feel like the darkest time of year.