It's that weekend again - where you have to set the clocks an hour ahead due to Daylight Saving Time.

And as usual, fire departments say it's a good time to check your smoke detector batteries.

"Smoke detectors are the number one reason people survive fires," Akron Fire inspector Thomas Whatley tells "Number one by a long shot."

Whatley has some advice if you need to replace your smoke detector. He says look for detectors with lithium ion batteries that'll last 10 years.

While you're in the store, Whatley says a carbon monoxide detector would be another life saver, and a "2A10" fire extingisher for your kitchen.

Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 AM early Sunday, which will become 3 AM Eastern Daylight Time.

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Saturday, 05 November 2011 08:47

Turn Clocks Back Tonight

It's that time of year again, and that means people will be adjusting their clocks and be changing their sleep patterns when daylight savings time ends.

On the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show earlier in the week, Dr. Erin Farrer, a sleep medical psychologist with Summa says it's not an easy task for some people.

"Although this time of year it's a little less daunting than springtime but the time change can still interfere with your natural rhythms," she said.

She says Circadian rhythms in people differ and that can throw off people's sleep patterns.

"Sometimes when we get on a pattern, the chemicals in our body tell us when to wake up and go to sleep and it can sometimes mess with people."

Dr. Farrer offers some tips that will help your body adjust to the time change

"Try to resist going to bed as early as you normally do just so you adjust to the changes, and if you do find yourself feeling sleepy earlier in the evening, try going for a brisk walk outside or try anything to keep yourself awake until you feel like going to bed."

Clocks will fall back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday.


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