DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – You could call it the first rite of spring when we all lose an hour of time this weekend.
Daylight Saving Time officially takes effect Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m. Remember to ‘spring forward’ one hour. Many people have the same ritual year after year by setting their clocks ahead as they go to bed Saturday night.
Sure, it means an extra hour of daylight in the evening, but it can mess with your body’s clock.
Doctors in the Kettering Health Network say losing the hour can cause sleep deprivation.
“If we change the clock on our wall correctly and keep our same sleep times, we lose an hour of sleep,” explains Dr. Michael Bonnet with the Sleep Center at Sycamore Medical Center in Miamisburg. “But for many of us, the time change means sleeping an hour later on Sunday morning and putting off the change to Sunday night. If we still go to bed and get up at our typical clock times on Sunday, our body sees this as going to bed an hour earlier and getting up an hour earlier.”
Dr. Bonnet says chances are you’ll start your Monday with an hour of sleep deprivation. He says our bodies should adjust in a few days.
The Ohio state fire marshal also says now is the time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
“Last year marked the lowest number of fire-related deaths in Ohio in 27 years,” said Fire Marshal Larry Flowers. “But this is not ‘Mission Accomplished.’ This year I’m challenging Ohioans to protect their homes and families through the simple act of changing out their smoke alarms’ batteries. We know that working smoke alarms and a well-practiced escape plan with two ways out save lives.”
Not a fan of daylight saving? It ends November 2.