Canadians who hope to keep their lives running like clockwork in the coming days should feel free to trust their bodies more than their time pieces, experts say.
Most of the country is preparing to fall back to standard time by adjusting clocks an hour earlier on Sunday morning, switching from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time.
In an age of increasing automation, however, experts predict many may find themselves overlooking the annual chance to grab an extra hour of shuteye.
Cellphones, tablets and computers all update their internal clocks automatically, as do most devices connected to satellite.
Those Canadians that no longer have to go through the hassle of adjusting time pieces by hand may find themselves overlooking the time change and relying on their internal clocks to keep them in step with the rest of the world.
Fortunately, said Queen's University sleep researcher Judith Davidson, the human body is usually up to the task of helping people make the transition at this time of year.
The human biological clock runs slightly longer than one day, she said, adding the average circadian rhythm is 24.2 hours.
Moving schedules back by an hour, she said, comes far more naturally than the process of moving to daylight time in the spring.
"Because it's a bit longer than 24 hours, we naturally tend to drift later if anything," Davidson said in a telephone interview.
"If we have to shift one way or another, this is the most natural direction to shift."
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