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Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10, 2013

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MADISON (Press Release) –  Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday as we "spring forward' and set clocks ahead one hour.

 Daylight Saving Time is also a great time to check the things that keep us safe and ready for emergencies. ReadyWisconsin urges you to check these items:

  • Smoke Detectors- Check and replace batteries if needed and make sure the devices around your house are working properly. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that about 16 million homes in the country have smoke alarms that do not work. In most cases, the batteries are dead or missing. This is a great time to put fresh batteries in your smoke detector. You should also replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8 to 10 years. Nearly 2,700 people die and more than 15,000 are injured each year because of fires that started in their homes.
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors- Make sure you have CO Detectors and they are working. According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States with more than 200 killed each year from overexposure to the gas.
  • Emergency Kits- Everyone should have a basic emergency kit in their home with supplies such as food and water to last you and your family for at least three days. Other items like a battery powered or crank radio, flashlights, first aid kit should also be included. Daylight Savings Time is a perfect time to get a kit and if you already have a kit, check it to make sure food and other items are not near or past their expiration dates.
  • Emergency NOAA Weather Radio- Spring brings the threat of tornadoes. Make sure you have an emergency weather radio. It's like having a tornado siren in your home. When it goes off, go to a safe place. Listen, Act and Live!

For more tips on how to prepare you and your family, please go to our website: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov. You'll find great information on how to get a kit and make a plan when disaster strikes.

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EAU CLAIRE (Press Release from Mayo Clinic Health System) – Spring ahead. It's what we do every year when we advance our clocks one hour for daylight saving time, which is at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. National Sleep Awareness Week is from March 3 to 10.

To help your body clock adjust, sleep specialists at Mayo Clinic Health System advocate:

  • In the days leading up to the time change, go to bed 15 to 20 minutes earlier each night.
  • After the time change happens, try to get exposure to strong light in the morning.

"Sleep is an essential requirement for our health, but we often shortchange ourselves," says Timothy Young, M.D., sleep medicine specialist who sees patients in Eau Claire and Menomonie. "Make a commitment to get at least eight hours of quality sleep each night, and you will function better and stay healthier."

Remember to practice good "sleep hygiene":

  • Reduce stimuli at bedtime.
  • Keep your bedroom cool, quiet and dark.
  • Maintain consistent sleep/wake patterns.
  • Follow a bedtime routine.

"If people still struggle with the time change or feeling rested, it might be the sign of a sleep disorder," says sleep medicine specialist Asegid Kebede, M.D., who sees patients in Eau Claire and Bloomer.

More than 50 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems, and most are undiagnosed. Sleep medicine specialists treat conditions that lead to sleep deprivation:

  • Sleep apnea: Stopping breathing during sleep; snoring and sleepiness often accompany this disorder.
  • Insomnia: Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Narcolepsy: Sudden attacks of sleep.
  • Restless legs syndrome: The legs feel extremely uncomfortable while sitting or lying down.

"People may not realize drowsiness contributes to thousands of motor vehicle and workplace accidents," says sleep medicine specialist Ahmad Qureshi, M.D., who sees patients in Eau Claire, Mondovi and Rice Lake. "Daylight saving time is a reminder to take our sleep health seriously. Talk to your doctor if you are having problems sleeping."

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