This Weekend: Help Your Body Catch Up With Your Brain

This Weekend: Help Your Body Catch Up With Your Brain

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Dabney Frake
Oct 28, 2016

Even though your brain knows the clock is about to turn back, your body doesn't always get the memo. Some of us will sail through the time change seamlessly, and others will feel out of sorts for days. Start this week so that, before you go to sleep next Monday night — and set your clock an hour earlier — you're already caught up.

This Weekend's Assignment: Help yourself (and your family) transition to the time change this fall.

Check Your Safety Devices: Daylight savings days is just the gentle reminder you need to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, make sure they are up-to-date and in working order, and replace batteries until you do it again in the spring. It's an easily-completed task to cross of your list that also really provides peace of mind.

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Set Your Self Up for Successful Switch: Even when you "gain" an hour of sleep, your body still gets confused; you might not feel tired in the morning, but you may get hungry before lunch actually arrives, or want to leave work when you still have another hour to go before punching out. Plus, you may not be able to fall asleep an hour earlier than usual. This week, try shifting your schedule 15 minutes earlier each day to ease yourself into the change.

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. If you only get a change to swap out the batteries, pat yourself on the back anyway. Because your home is safer than it was yesterday!

SHOW US YOUR WEEKEND WORK! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject.

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Check out the 2016 Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access Weekend Project ideas and download our November Home Checklist if you haven't already. It's a great, low-pressure way to keep your life running smoothly and maintain a happy & healthy home!

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