Daylight Savings Time begins the second Sunday morning, March 13, so if you haven’t already started preparing yourself and your family, it’s time to start now. We will “lose” an hour of sleep, and the fatigue can have serious consequences, so be sure to plan accordingly. It is also an excellent time to review some safety items around your home.
- We are losing an hour of sleep. This adjustment can be extra difficult for young children who do not fully understand the time change. To make the transition smoother for you and your children, try to go to bed 15 – 20 minutes earlier a few days before the time change.
- The transition between daylight saving time and standard time disrupts our circadian rhythm, causing us to be at a greater risk of mood swings, traffic accidents, and workplace injuries. Be sure to get out and enjoy the sunlight while you can, elevating your mood.
- Studies have found an increase in the number of collisions on the road the week after the time change. Take preventative measures when out on the road, especially next week. Leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles, and do not drive distracted. Remember it may be dark now when heading out for work; make sure your headlights are on and working, and always be sure to use your turn signal. You will also be heading home during the daytime; make sure you have sunglasses in the vehicle.
- Most devices automatically change but don’t forget about your coffee maker, microwave and other miscellaneous clocks. Your vehicle may also require you to update the time manually, be sure only to do this when the car is parked.
- Daylight saving time is a great time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and evaluate your family emergency plan.