As Daylight saving time ends the first Sunday of every November, many Canadians will be setting their clocks back.
On Coming Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 a.m. local time, clocks will fall back an hour, giving many a much-needed extra hour of sleep.The change marks the beginning of the winter season, which means mornings will be bright an hour earlier and darkness will set in earlier in the evening.Daylight time will start up again on the second weekend in March.
Effects on Health:
Having that extra hour of sleep, however, has the potential to impact your health.One 2016 study published in the journal Epidemiology found that diagnoses of depression tend to rise during the transition period from daylight time to standard time.
The daylight time transition has also been found to possibly increase the risk of strokes, the American Academy of Neurology reports.Whether it’s turning the clock ahead or back one hour, the transitional period of daylight time was tied to an increased risk of ischemic stroke (the most common kind of stroke).
It’s also found that the shift in time change impacts the number of accidents.
It was first introduced in Canada as a way to cut costs on coal and save money on energy. It was adopted across North America in 1918 but repealed after the Second World War.
While daylight time was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, it wasn’t until 1908 when the first-known use of daylight time took place in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Recently there have been debate in some provinces over Daylight time change.
According to the National Research Council, daylight time is usually regulated by provincial and territorial governments. Some exceptions may exist in certain municipalities.Because of this, some parts of Canada do not follow the time change. These include Saskatchewan, as well as some part of Quebec, Ontario and B.C.
Till today over 70 countries and one-fifth of the world’s seven billion people take part in daylight time.