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Daylight Saving Time is upon us. Are you ready to fall back?
One interesting thing that I didn’t know was that the whole world does NOT fall back. We had an exchange student from Thailand last year and one thing we learned was that in Thailand they do not change their clocks back or forward like we do.
So for her to have to “spring forward” or to “fall back” was a HUGE adjustment. And I’m going to be honest, even though we have done this for years, it still does take some adjustment to get your body acclimated to the time change. Here are some helpful tips on how to adjust to the time change:
1. Take advantage of the opportunity to get an extra hour of sleep. Don’t stay up later in anticipation of the time change.
2. Eat healthy and keep hydrated. Avoid caffeinated beverages, since too much caffeine can further disrupt your natural sleep rhythm.
3. Try to increase your exposure to bright light and physical activity during the day until late afternoon/early evening. This will help you get used to the reduction of daylight hours.
4. Get your daily dose of Vitamin D. With the amount of sunlight being lessened, it is important to make sure you are getting the Vitamin D you would usually get from the sun’s rays.
5. Use this clock-change weekend as an opportunity to make home safety checks. Check and replace batteries in home smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
The growing number of smart devices that keep us safe, secure and comfortable at home are only as good as the batteries that power them. Despite the fact that an increasing number of homes have smoke alarms and smoke detectors, the National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.* This reinforces how important it is to take this time each year to check these safety devices.
For 29 years, the Energizer® brand has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to help keep families safe through the Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries™ program. Every fall, Energizer® and the IAFC work to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, along with all of your home safety devices, when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time.
What do you do to adjust to the time change?