It’s time to spring forward this Sunday for daylight saving time. Set clocks forward an hour tonight in a move that is meant to bring more sunlight to the day and save energy.
Daylight saving time officially started in the United States in 1918, but has gone through many revisions. The most recent revision in 2007 extended daylight saving time to save energy by increasing the hours of sunlight and reducing fuel use. Now, daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November.
Change your batteries
With the time change comes a reminder to change batteries in smoke alarms. Replacing batteries twice a year helps keep alarms at full working order.
A dose of advice for adjusting to change
Sleep experts say getting between seven and eight hours of ZZZ’s is critical to overall health.
Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, heart problems and high blood pressure.
That’s why it’s important to adjust to daylight saving time and not let sleep patterns get out of whack.
The best advice is to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time.
Also, be aware of the time adjustment’s toll on the body.
“The Monday after the change there is a slight statistical increase in the number of accidents,” said Marianne Middleton, LMH Sleep Center coordinator. “It’s because people’s bodies just haven’t adjusted. They are driving drowsy.”
Experts say it generally takes two or three days to recover, but can take as long as a week. “This is the worst time change in the year,” Middleton said. “It’s bad.”