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Are we changing the time on the weekend for the last time? – The Courrier du Sud

You will gain some sleep time during the night from Saturday to Sunday, since we set the time back one hour to return to standard time in Quebec at 2 a.m. on Sunday 1st.November.

This change will cause the sun to set earlier in the late afternoon and clear earlier in the morning.

This is the case every year on the first Sunday of November, but that could be called to change, since the government of François Legault recently said to be open to the idea that one does not put back the time any more.

In Ontario, a bill has been introduced to put an end to the time change, considering that the disadvantages would henceforth be greater than the advantages. In the Yukon, Saskatchewan, eastern British Columbia and all over the Lower North Shore, the time is not changed.

Joseph De Koninck, professor at the University of Ottawa, at the School of Psychology and at the Mental Health and Brain Research Institutes, is in favor of staying at the normal time to which Quebec will return tomorrow. This, for reasons of physical and mental health.

“The time change in fall is in line with our body clock, unlike daylight saving time in spring where people sometimes need a week or even two to recover,” he says. . In some people, the body clock is very precise. As soon as there is a small change, they feel it. “

Conversely, staying at daylight saving time would make social jet lag [un décalage social] and a permanent sleep deficit, he continues.

“The last country that tried it was Russia in 2011 and there were mood disorders because the population had a lack of light in the morning,” he continues. Children weren’t awake in the morning at school. Russia returned to normal time in 2014. ”

Mr. De Koninck adds that several studies have shown that moving back the clock at the end of winter increases the risk of accidents due to loss of sleep. Daylight saving time also means that we go to bed later because it gets clear later, which does not respect our biological clock.

The return to solar or normal time is all the more essential in Canada, according to him, as it partially compensates for the loss of light during winter.

“We have about 9 hours of illumination a day and it drops to 8 am on December 21,” he recalls. However, the morning light synchronizes us. Countries like Finland or Russia which have 4 hours of sunshine per day in winter experience more problems related to alcoholism. ”

To fight against the gloom in winter, the teacher suggests exposing yourself to maximum light during the day and exercising.