Daylight saving time means time to check alarm batteries
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GREENSBORO -- As everyone prepares to lose an hour of sleep on Sunday due to daylight saving time, experts say there are some ways to prepare to keep everyone safe and well-rested come Monday morning.
Health experts compare losing an hour of sleep to jet lag.
"If you fly east by one time zone, it'll take about one day for you to adjust, so that's the rule of thumb," said Dr. Sandhya Kumar, director of the Sleep Disorder Center, Wake Forest Baptist Health.
Dr. Kumar says plan ahead, and get to bed an hour early.
She also advises to avoid bright lights from computers and televisions before bed and to cut out caffeine and alcohol, because with these substances, "the quality of sleep is what gets disturbed."
For the average person, losing an hour of sleep has drawbacks throughout the day.
"Your attention and concentration, also your reaction time, could be decreased," said Dr. Kumar.
Dr. Kumar says the average person require seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
Daylight saving time also means a time to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
"You're changing your clock, and it's very important to do that -- you don't want to be late for work the next day or too early for work. So you want to make sure that safety's first, and you go ahead and change those [alarm] batteries as well," said Capt. Alvin Robinson, Greensboro Fire Department. "All of them will have a button that says 'test' and you just press the button until it [beeps]."
And as the season springs forward, it is a chance to prepare for any potential severe weather.
"This season is a great time to, if you don't already have one, purchase a weather radio, [and] also to change the batteries in it," said Capt. Robinson.
Clocks surge forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.