Many Aussies will be missing out on an hour of sleep this weekend when the clocks jump forward to mark the start of daylight saving time.
At 2am on Sunday, October 4 clocks will move forward an hour to 3am for people in NSW, the ACT, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.
While most smartphone and devices will automatically change the time, clocks will need to be manually changed.
While losing an hour of sleep is never enjoyable, residents in those selected states will enjoy more sunlight in the afternoon which is undeniably one of the main perks of daylight saving time.
However, some possible negative impacts of daylight saving have sparked debate in recent weeks about whether the twice-yearly time change should be scrapped.
Professor of diabetes at Monash University, Paul Zimmet, told 3AW earlier this month that governments needed to consider the negative impacts of the upcoming change to daylight saving, particularly while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In terms of the scientific evidence, which we will want to stick with at the moment, there are more heart attacks just after daylight saving, more road accidents, and then you’ve got workplace accidents, car accidents and their implications,” Prof Zimmet said.
“There is also cognitive dysfunction in relation to the daylight saving and the change in timing to our normal body rhythms.”
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews shut down the possibility of cancelling daylight saving when asked about Prof Zimmet’s comments during a press conference.
“I don’t want to be disrespectful to the professor, who may be a very learned individual. No. Daylight saving will be proceeding,” Mr Andrews said.
“That’s why the curfew changes, that extra hour is really important, well ahead of daylight saving.”
Mr Andrews said the extra hour of daylight would hopefully help make the summer “like no other”.
“This will be a summer like no other and daylight saving, I can confirm, will be a feature of it,” he said.
The debate around daylight saving ramped up last year when the European parliament voted to scrap changing the clocks from 2021.
From next year, countries that are part of the EU will be able to choose whether they want to stay on permanent summer” or “permanent winter” time.
Under the proposal, those that chose permanent summer would adjust their clocks for the last time on the last Sunday of March 2021, and those that choose winter will do so on the last Sunday of March 2021.