In case you you haven’t realized it yet this weekend marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and the clocks turn back an hour. While the subject of Daylight Savings Time is highly debated and confuses some, we continue to change our clocks twice a year in order to make better use of daylight. Many studies have even shown that changing our clocks effects our health, risk of accidents (vehicular & work-related), and messes with our sleep patterns, although these effects are more likely to impact us in the Spring when we lose an hour of sleep. Here are just a few tips to help ease you through the time change.
- Take advantage of the morning light by squeezing in a morning workout or walk.
- Take a walk at lunch, especially if you have a hard time with fewer hours of evening light.
- Since there will be fewer hours of evening light, plan some indoor activities like family game or movie night or a special meal that everyone can participate in creating.
- If you tend to stay up late at night and sleep in you may want to consider black-out drapes that will block out the extra morning light and help you get the 8 hours of sleep you need.
- If you tend to be out in the dark of evening walking you should consider reflective clothing increasing your visibility to drivers.
While you are going through the house changing your clocks don’t forget to take a few minutes to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and test your carbon monoxide detectors.