It’s that time of year, again! The annual “fall back” when we dutifully turn our clocks back and look forward to cozying up for an extra hour in bed. But first: a shout-out to all the parents of young ones who do not get to enjoy a luxurious, extra hour in bed because this memo never reaches the under-10 crowd!That extra hour in November might feel like a treat but does the semi-annual practice of adjusting our clocks have longer-term impacts on our sleep and therefore our health? Experts say, “yes!” In fact, some regions are considering doing away with the practice of Daylight Savings Time (DST) in the interest of Public Health.Daylight Savings Time In the NewsAccording to CTV News, Ontario MPP Jeremy Roberts tabled a bill titled “Time Amendment Act” which passed at the Ontario legislature in December 2020, and would amend the Time Act to make the time now-called daylight savings time the standard time year round.Experts Weigh InSome sleep experts such as Joseph De Koninck, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Ottawa state that a permanent move to Daylight Time could have worse health impacts in terms of both physical and mental health. The Canadian Sleep Society conducted a systematic review of the literature and released a position statement that favours the reinstatement of permanent Standard Time (ST) so that Canadians can maintain optimal sleep and align our circadian clocks with daytime activities for best health outcomes.While we await the final verdict on DST, what steps can you take this year to help minimize the impact of sleep cycle disruption?5 Tips for Better Sleep This Weekend:1.) First the obvious: take advantage of this extra hour of sleep! Don’t make plans to stay up later just because you have a bonus hour. Are you sleeping well? Are your pillows and mattresses supporting optimal sleep? See this article to read about what are some qualities of a good mattress. This is a great time of the year to invest in quality bedding and “fluff your nest” as we head into the cozy winter season.2.) Limit or decrease caffeine consumption and ensure you stay hydrated!3.) As we head into winter, be aware that these darker days can affect your overall mood. What helps you stay positive and connected? Take steps each day to ensure your mental well-being.4.) Exercise: Not only does exercise help boost our mood and sense of physical well-being, well-timed physical activity helps us sleep better, too! Exercise earlier in the day for the best effects.5.) If it’s sunny out, be sure to take advantage of getting outside to help regulate your biological clock. You can also consider light therapy products to help regulate your circadian rhythms as the days are shorter and darker, especially here in Canada.For even more reading, consider this article on factors that affect sleep.