Fall Back, and Change Those Batteries!

Lifespan Blog Team

The days are getting shorter. This weekend, we “fall back” an hour with our clocks. This switch back to Standard Time is easier to adjust to because we aren’t losing an hour of sleep like we do in the spring when we enter Daylight Savings Time.

While we might not lose an hour of sleep, we will lose another hour of daylight. The longer nights and shorter days can have major impacts on us, from seasonal affective disorder to weight gain, lethargy and more.

Luckily there are ways to combat that. Be sure to exercise, eat right, and try to get the right amount of sleep, which is around eight hours. If you are having trouble coping, talk to your doctor or a therapist. Sometimes light therapy works for some people as well.

Setting your clocks back is also a great reminder. Be sure to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. When you’re changing the batteries, be sure to check the date the alarm was made. The date will be on the back of the alarm. If it’s 10 years old or more, then it’s time for a whole new alarm.

For more tips to keep you and your family safe and well, check out our Living blog.