We know it's been a really long winter when we don't even realize how soon daylight saving time (or daylight savings time, as most of us say) is upon us.
And upon us it is, dear readers — as of 2 a.m. on March 8, clocks go forward an hour, thereby giving most of us more daylight as of Sunday evening.
And we think we speak for most of the country when we say that it can't come fast enough. What with a winter that's seen the Maritimes effectively housebound by snow squalls, trains plowing through many, many feet of the white stuff, and temperature records broken in the worst way possible, any hint of spring is welcome right now.
Last week, we collected together all the things we are looking forward to about the warmer season, but we do feel compelled to mention there are a few health factors to watch out for once we "spring forward."
As Reuters reported last year, there could be a correlation between daylight saving time and an increase in heart attacks, likely compounded by the loss of an hour of sleep.
If you're worried that this change in your sleep schedule will make a difference to your health, practice the same techniques parents use for their children: start moving your bedtime 15 minutes earlier starting today, and waking up 15 minutes earlier tomorrow. By the time Sunday rolls around, you'll be set.
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