YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – At 2 a.m. Sunday morning, everyone will be setting their clocks back an hour for this year’s Daylight Saving Time.
Many people look forward to getting this extra hour of sleep, but is it healthy for our bodies? Local doctors say there are some things you can be doing now to make sure you stay healthy this year.
Dr. Scott Tofil is a sleep medicine specialist at Primary Care Associates in Youngstown.
He recommends getting at least seven hours of sleep each night, so when we get that extra hour of sleep Sunday morning, he says to take it. But, it’s still important to stick to the same sleep schedule.
Some people have trouble sleeping, so getting an extra hour of sleep isn’t what they want to hear. But, Tofil recommends for them to wind down before going to bed. He suggests lying down an hour before you want to fall asleep and keeping your cell phone and tablets out of sight.
“It’s the blue light that is emitted from the screen, and once it hits the back of our retina, it throws off a signal and it keeps us up. And now with it getting darker earlier, I think more people are going to be prone to doing that,” Tofil said.
Tofil also said to not eat or exercise right before bed because it will give you too much energy, and always try to fall asleep in a cool, dark room.
Daylight Saving Time is also a good time to do some household check-ups, like checking the batteries in your smoke detectors.
The New Middletown Police Department is doing its part to make sure families are safe this year, by handing out free smoke detectors and 9-volt batteries.
Energizer donated a little more than 400 batteries to the department.
Police Chief Vincent D’Egidio says fires happen all the time, ones that could have been avoided with a working smoke detector.
“They occur constantly now and the results of those investigations always show that there was an inoperative smoke detector. So right now, if you need 9-volt batteries and some smoke detectors, stop at our New Middletown Police Station, they are free of charge for you,” he said.
D’Egidio said people can come to the department on Main Street Monday through Friday to get their detectors. He also said you don’t have to live in New Middletown to receive them.