Spring ahead, fall back

At midnight on November 2, don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour, thereby gaining the hour you lost on March 9, when Daylight Saving Time began. Incidentally, it’s Daylight Saving Time (singular Saving, NOT Daylight SavingS Time -- We are saving daylight, so it is singular and not plural).

It's a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detector(s), as well. It’s easier to remember to change them twice a year if you use the same dates you change your clocks. Some inexpensive detectors also need to be replaced completely about every five years or so.

Time changes disrupt the sleep of millions of Americans, and since 67 percent of Americans only get six or seven hours of sleep each night, it’s an opportunity to make an adjustment to your sleep schedule. Sleep experts say outside factors like work and family schedules are top reasons many people aren't getting the medically recommended eight hours of sleep a night, reports Medialink. When eight hours isn't possible, it's important to maximize the sleep you do get to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Experts recommend sleeping under optimum circumstances, which puts you in control of your sleep cycle and energy level. Quality sleep also improves concentration, increases memory function and helps reduce stress, while helping to prevent diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

Hmmm, perhaps that is one of the main factors creating an obesity epidemic in the U.S. So, for your good health, you might want to take this opportunity to sleep in an extra hour.