It’s that time of year again – Daylight Saving Time is resuming this weekend, and clocks will be moving forward one hour. This change takes place on Sunday, March 12th at 2 AM And becomes 3 AM, so it’s important to be prepared. While the concept of daylight saving time is simple, adjusting to the time change can be tricky.
Replace Your Batteries
As you adjust your clocks, remember to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Testing them at the same time is also recommended to ensure they are functioning correctly. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are essential for keeping your family safe in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide leak. By replacing the batteries and testing them, you can ensure that they will work properly when you need them most.
Check Your AEDs
If you’re a business owner or organization, it’s important to check your Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) as well. AEDs require regular checks and maintenance as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes checking the batteries and contact pads, which have a shelf life. By ensuring that your AEDs are working correctly, you can provide a quick response to a cardiac emergency.
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Here are some tips to prepare for daylight savings:
Adjust Your Sleep Schedule: To minimize the impact of the time change on your body, start adjusting your sleep schedule a few days before daylight savings. Go to bed and wake up 15-30 minutes earlier each day, so your body can gradually get used to the new schedule.
Make a To-Do List: Make a list of all the clocks you need to adjust and any other tasks you need to complete, such as changing batteries in smoke detectors, updating schedules, and adjusting thermostat and appliance timers.
Use Natural Light: Take advantage of the extra daylight by opening your blinds and curtains in the morning. This will help you wake up naturally and adjust to the new time.
Exercise: Regular exercise can help you sleep better and feel more alert during the day. Try to get some physical activity during the day, but avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime.
Limit Screen Time: The blue light emitted by electronic devices can interfere with sleep. Try to limit screen time before bed, and avoid using electronic devices in the bedroom.
Be Patient: It may take a few days for your body to adjust to the new time, so be patient and give yourself time to adapt. Remember that everyone’s body clock is different, so what works for one person may not work for another.
By following these tips, you can minimize the impact of the time change and make the transition to daylight savings smoother. Don’t forget to enjoy the extra daylight and the arrival of spring!