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It’s time to roll your clocks back


Sunday morning is when you will once again be taking part in the semi-annual tradition of adjusting your clocks for daylight savings time.
Clocks rollback one hour at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, marking the official end of the daylight savings time period which began on March 11th when clocks moved forward an hour.
The point of daylight savings time is to encourage more daylight during the summer months so that daylight lasts longer into the evening and is practice by much of North America and Europe. Instituted as an energy-saving measure during World War II -the logic being longer daylight hours would result in less use of lights and thus less energy consumption- however growing research is dismissing this belief.
While fewer problems are associated with the end of daylight saving time -as people will get an additional hour of sleep at that time- there is reported increases in everything from heart attacks and strokes to car accidents when daylight savings begins in March, as there is one less hour of sleep on that day due to clocks rolling ahead by an hour. Reduced worker productivity is also a reported side effect and in one study published last year in the United States, federal judges handed out sentences that were on average five per cent longer the day after daylight saving time began than those given out one week before or after.
There however doesn’t appear to be a push to see daylight savings end, not one strong enough to move governments for change. Saskatchewan does not participate in daylight savings, however here in Manitoba there has been little movement to see the longstanding time changing stop.

Trent Allen