It's time to change the clocks: spring forward means less sleep, more light

Spring will soon be sprung and that means it's time to change the clocks again.

At 2 a.m. Sunday morning, watches and clocks will have to be moved ahead by one hour. The change is done automatically on mobile phones.

A recent Léger poll shows that many Quebeckers aren't too happy about it, with one in five people reporting a decline in energy levels. Meanwhile, 13 per cent of the population also admits to being more irritable at this time of year. 

Results show that while 35 per cent of respondents said they have more difficulty getting out of bed, no less than 58 per cent of Quebeckers say will need a day to a full week to adapt.

To make this transition easier, it's recommended to get to bed an hour earlier than usual on the night of the change and avoid stimulants like coffee after 3 p.m.

Check your fire alarms

While you're turning your clocks, the Montreal fire service is reminding the public to check smoke detectors and replace the batteries if necessary.

According to the fire department, 11 people died as a result of fire on the Island of Montreal last year.

A news release issued by the service states that "a working smoke detector is required in your home, in accordance with the By-law concerning the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal."

On Saturday, prevention officers and students from the Académie des pompiers will be out in force in several areas of the city to raise awareness and test alarms.

Smoke alarms must be replaced every 10 years.

No extension on last call

Despite the added hour between two and three, Quebec's liquor control board doesn't allow bars and clubs to keep serving alcohol any later. The lost 60 minutes will be recovered on the return to winter time, which will take place on the night of November 5, 2017.

In Canada, the time change was standardized in March 1963. Since 2007, the United States and Canada have made the transition to summer time on the second Sunday in March and the return to winter time on the first Sunday in November.