As the hot summer days end (even though you can’t really tell with this weather right now) the cool fall and winter days approach, and that also means it’s the end of daylight savings time! Although most of us are excited to “fall back” and get an extra hour of slumber, there are a couple extra things to remember this Sunday when we change our clocks back.
Reminder #1: Change your smoke detector batteries – This year, the The International Fire Chiefs Association and Energizer want to start a new habit; changing your smoke alarm batteries every November along with DST. Their fire safety campaign “Change Your Clock Change Your Battery” advises everybody to switch out old batteries to make sure you detectors are updated. Visit Energizer.com for fire safety tips and how to get free batteries for your home!
Reminder #2: Avoid being ‘SAD’ – As the sun sets earlier and the days get cooler, many people are affected by “seasonal affective disorder,” which is a form of depression that usually happens during winter. People who experience SAD often have decreased energy and concentration, especially marked by afternoon slumps, which can also lead to food cravings resulting in weight gain, social withdrawal and decreased interest in activities.
Get in the know of SAD’s symptoms and treatments to avoid getting the “winter blues” at the Mayoclinic.com.