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Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on March 13, 2022, in much of the U.S., meaning most residents will see their local time “spring forward” an hour. This change means later sunsets but at the cost of one lost hour of sleep.
The entire concept of daylight saving time has become controversial, with many states pushing to make it permanent and thus eliminate the twice-yearly time change. But as long as it’s observed, it can be more than just an annoying nudge to fix those clocks that don’t adjust themselves. You can use this weekend when the clocks change to get yourself in gear in other ways.
Here’s a list of items you should consider taking care of at the same time (or just before) you adjust your clocks.
1. Flip or rotate your mattresses
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Who doesn’t want better sleep — especially when we’re losing an hour of it? Surprisingly, many mattresses don’t need to be flipped twice a year, as consumers used to be told. Rotating it might be enough.
Research the type of mattress you have — only some innerspring mattresses need flipping while others from some top brands need to stay right-side up. Many people now own foam mattresses, and many of those companies recommend you rotate your mattress 180 degrees every three to six months. Pleasant dreams.
2. Wash your pillows
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And while we’re speaking of sleep, what about those fluffy pillows? You should wash them about every six months or so, making the time change a good reminder.
Consumer Reports notes that it’s OK to just chuck down-filled and polyester-filled pillows into your washing machine and then your dryer, though foam pillows may need to be hand-washed.
3. Check those batteries
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The National Fire Protection Association encourages people to associate daylight saving time with changing out the batteries in home smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors.
It’s a smart way to ensure that these vital alarms always have fresh batteries — but you don’t need to throw the old ones away. If they’ve still got life in them, take the old batteries and put them into a remote control or a child’s toy, anything where a dead battery doesn’t mean a possible home disaster.
4. Prepare your grill
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If you have an outdoor grill and perhaps haven’t used it much during the winter months, now’s the time to make it shine. Check the propane level, if your grill uses that …….