Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend; Reminder to Change Smoke Detector Batteries

It’s that time of year again. We gain an extra hour of sleep with daylight saving time coming to an end this weekend.
Dr. Khan says light is the biggest deterrent to sleep.

She recommends making the bedroom as dark as possible.

The path to the land of slumber is not lit by television screens and other electronic devices.

"Sometimes people like to use these things if they're having trouble sleeping, but actually they can promote more alertness, especially if you're engaged in whatever activity you're doing," Khan said.

Dr. Khan also recommends being as physically active as possible during the day.

She says exercise in late afternoon or early evening may be most effective for sleep.

She also recommends you cut the caffeine at least 4 hours before bedtime and stick to the same bed- and wake-up time every day even if you get a little extra time this weekend.

Most sleep experts say adults should shoot for about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.

Fire officials say Daylight Saving Time is also a time to change the battery in your smoke detectors. 

If you need a smoke detector, contact your local fire department. Most if not all of them will install them for free. 

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