Experts offer safety tips to help you adjust when Daylight saving time ends

Published: Nov. 1, 2018 at 10:13 PM EDT
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When Daylight saving time ends there's almost always one thing on everyone's mind.

"The extra hour of sleep is very important," said Shelby Perkins of Ottawa Hills. "So that's nice."

While many look forward to an extra hour of shut eye some say the days following the change takes some getting used to.

"You just know your sleep is not right," said Edward Barnes of Toledo.

According to AAA, moving the hour hand in either direction messes with our body's internal clock or circadian rhythm. Come Monday the roadside safety group says the streets will be full of drowsy drivers, and that doesn't come as a surprise to some.

"If you're not conscious about maintaining self-care already you might not compensate for the transition at all," said one woman from Toledo. "So yeah, I think you'll be groggier, you'll be rundown, you might not have shifted your eating cycles."

To help offset falling back's effects behind the wheel AAA offers these tips: Keep your driving schedule the same, Avoid heavy meals and stay away from medicine that could make you drowsy.

Along with being vigilant on the road, firefighters also want you to be aware in your home.

"You're going to move your clocks back. Go ahead and push the button and make sure that the alarm works," said Pvt. Sterling Rahe with the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department.

Rahe says ensuring you have working smoke detectors can mean the difference between life and death as smoke is the number one killer in fires.

"If your smoke alarms have unsealed batteries—if they're open—it's time to change them," said Rahe. "So change those batteries if they're accessible."

So before turning back the clock and getting an extra hour to sleep experts hope you take the time to ensure you and your family are safe ahead of Sunday.

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