Your Guide For Adjusting to DST & March Break Safety Tips
Originally published by the lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates, experienced with Disability, Personal Injury and Employment claims, at https://www.awaxmanlaw.ca/disability/daylight-savings-time.
This year, elementary school and high school students will enjoy their March Break the week of March 15, 2021 the day after DST begins.
As a road user, it is always important to exercise caution as a road user, whether you are driving a car, riding a bicycle or walking at an intersection. It is known that there is a correlation between the beginning of DST and an increase in car accidents.
It is also known that the start of daylight saving time causes a change to our sleep cycles, a.k.a. our circadian rhythm. The loss of one hour of sleep does make a difference, as most people already do not get adequate amounts of sleep. The “Spring Forward” can be more difficult for people who suffer from psychological conditions and insomnia/sleep disorders and it may take longer for them to adjust to the time change.
There are ways to help your system adjust to the time change and to get a better night’s sleep.
- Try going to bed earlier, using short intervals of time, until you become accustomed to the “new time”.
- Wake up at the same time every day.
- Avoid caffeine in the afternoon.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Avoid taking naps during the day.
- Eat your meals at the same time daily and avoid eating too close to bedtime.
- Avoid “blue screens” one hour before bed (computers, iPads, tables, smart phones etc.).
- Avoid watching television too close to bed time, and do not watch anything stimulating.
- Sleep in a cool, dark environment.
- Listen to some calming music or a meditation to help you fall asleep.
- Check intersections carefully (look left, centre, right) before proceeding through the intersection.
- Go slowly in residential areas, school zones, near parks and playgrounds and be on the lookout for children playing in the streets.
- Obey the posted the speed limits and rules of the road (i.e. use our turn signals, obey traffic lights).
- Pay attention to the weather and drive accordingly (March weather can be unpredictable!).
- Don’t drive distracted!
- Avoid driving drowsy.
- Be careful near ponds and ice patches so you can avoid injuries.
- Pedestrians should use crosswalks to cross the street and marked pedestrian crosswalks where available and cross at actual intersections if possible, to avoid jaywalking.
- Don’t walk and text when crossing at an intersection or crosswalk.
- Pedestrians should wear bright or reflective clothing, especially at night.
- If you are a cyclist, make sure it is in good working order and has a reflector and a bell, so you are seen and heard.