But we also don’t want to forget there are a few things its time to check
- Test alarms at least once a month by using the test alarm.
- For alarms with a removable batteries, check the batteries every six months and change the batteries every year.
- Vacuum out any dust that may have accumulated in the alarm.
- Install at least one alarm on every floor of the home, and in or near each sleeping area.
- Never paint a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm, and do not install them near windows because a draft could interfere with their operation.
But what about sleep? here are some tips to survive spring forward according to Medical Daily.
1. Temperature: “It’s all about temperature,” Oexman told Medical Daily. The optimal temperature is 65-58 degrees. If it’s any cooler than this, he advises to crack a window, unless you have seasonal allergies. “To optimize sleep, we need a drop in our core body temperature to initiate sleep and maintain sleep,” Oexman said. “By exposing our heads to the cool air, it will help reduce our core body temperature.” If you’re too cold, warm up by using as many blankets as needed.
2. Lighting: Ideally, your bedroom should be completely dark. If there’s a lot of natural light in your room, get blackout curtains or wear an eye mask, Oexman recommends. However, if you insist on sleeping with some type of light, he says “low blue lights” are the best night light option. The blue wave spectrum in many lights is what decreases melatonin production at night, however, these specific night lights don’t have that spectrum, he explained. And as for that laptop, television, cell phone, or whatever other device you have that omits light, remove it from your room, he says. But if you can’t seem to put it down at a reasonable hour, he recommends not using it at least a half hour before sleep, as it disrupts your sleeping pattern.
3. Noise: Eliminate all noise from your room. If this isn’t possible, invest in a white noise machine, which masks all noise both inside and outside your bedroom.
4. Mattress/Pillow: Find the correct mattress and pillow for your body type. The online diagnostic tool, bedMATCH, helps you find a proper match for your unique needs.
5. Separate Sheets and Blankets: If you’re sleeping with a partner, avoid late night disturbances by having your own, separate sheets.