Remember to change your clocks this weekend

Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday, November 4.

Even though turning back the clock provides us with the elusive gift of an extra hour of sleep, the end of daylight savings time can leave many feeling fatigued as they adjust to the time change.

Studies suggest that it takes people who work traditional hours several days to fully readjust their sleep schedule after the time change. While it may seem a welcome gift to get an extra hour of sleep as opposed to losing an hour in the spring, there is a physiological consequence to changing our clocks. Don’t be surprised if you feel a bit sluggish during the first week or so of November.

Evidence suggests that time changes increase safety problems both at work and at home. Just being aware of the increased risk of accidents in the period immediately following the time change may help you stay alert. Try to avoid building up a sleep debt in the days before the change.

The time also presents a great time to do some safety checks around the house. Here are some things we encourage our residents to do this weekend:

  • Check and replace the batteries in your smoke alarm. Ensure they are working properly and replace the batteries. Replace any smoke alarm unit that is older than 10 years.
  • Check to see if your fire extinguishers need recharging. Check the small gauge at the top of the extinguisher. If the needle in that gauge is in the green, chances are, the extinguisher is okay. If it is in the red, you need to have the extinguisher recharged.