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Archive for Thursday, October 29, 2009

Time change will require a bit of adjustment

October 29, 2009

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Don't forget to check alarms

This weekend’s checklist should include: Turning back the clocks an hour on Sunday morning and changing the smoke alarm batteries.

Eve Tolefree, division chief of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department, said the time change provides a good reminder to check the smoke detectors and change batteries.

“The most commonly cited causes of non-working smoke alarms are worn or missing batteries,” Tolefree said. “Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce deaths and injuries from fires.”

Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing your smoke alarms every 10 years.

That extra hour we gain Sunday when we set our clocks back at 2 a.m. to end Daylight Saving Time will be a nice treat, especially after celebrating Halloween.

But, beware. The time change will play tricks with your mind.

Dr. Suzanne Stevens, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Kansas University Medical Center, said any shift in time — even just 60 minutes — throws our circadian rhythm awry.

“The cues that tell our brain whether to be awake or asleep change when the time changes, so anytime the time of light exposure or the sunrise changes, it’s hard on our circadian system to adjust to that,” she said.

It typically takes about two weeks for our bodies to adjust, Stevens said.

After two weeks, if people are still feeling sleepy, sad or less energetic than normal, they should seek professional help.

To help make the time adjustment easier, Stevens provided these tips:

• Get bright light exposure when waking.

She suggested opening the curtains and letting the sunshine in or going for a walk. If it’s still dark outside, turn on a lot of lights in the house. Light boxes also can be used, but typically aren’t necessary.

“Any sort of light exposure helps reset your brain,” she said.

• Keep a consistent wake-up time.

“The wake-up time is more important than the bedtime because that is one of the biggest cues to the circadian rhythm in your brain. If you can maintain a consistent waking time, the whole sleep cycle can fall into place very easily,” Stevens said.

• Exercise.

• Try to keep mealtimes consistent.

• Consuming a small dose of caffeine, such as a cup of coffee, in the morning can help.

“If you are tired, then you need to use that extra hour judiciously. But, it does happen on a Saturday night which makes it hard,” she said. “Of course, the children will see it as an extra hour of darkness for trick-or-treating.”

Comments

Marion Lynn 4 years, 5 months ago

The Doggie Children do not respect Daylight Savings Time and are not even aware of it.

Feeding time is feeding time and the feeding time clock runs on instinct; nothing Man-made or dictated by that Hubris-filled species.

I run on Feeding Time time.

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jafs 4 years, 5 months ago

What about splitting the difference and keeping the time the same year round?

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beobachter 4 years, 5 months ago

Just stay on daylight savings time so there's at least a little light at end of day.

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hawkman8950 4 years, 5 months ago

isn't there adjustment made everytime there is daylight savings time? heck of an article. Must have been produced so someone could meet their quota for the month

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UfoPilot 4 years, 5 months ago

What's wrong with changing the time one starts work or school? Wouldn't that be easier than changing all of the clocks?

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BABBOY 4 years, 5 months ago

Two observations.

First,, you can tell who works long hours and those who do not. Those who work a lot of hours love day light savings because they get to actually see sun light in the morning and can actually do something in the sun on week days in the summer. People who do not work so many hours do not have this appreciation of day light savings.

Second, something is wrong to see a shrink just to adjust to the clock being moved one hour one way or the other. That is just comical.

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number3of5 4 years, 5 months ago

Why should we see a psychologist, just quit messing around with the time and stay on standard time instead of daylight savings time. That would solve the problem in a nutshell!!!

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