Posted Date: March 10, 2016
Make sure you change your clocks this Sunday!
It's that time of the year again when we adjust our body's clock, and our real clocks, to compensate for Daylight Saving Time. Make sure that you move your clock ahead one hour after 2:00 am on Sunday.
Special thanks to "Pugahontas" Kelly McFaul-Solem for the information in this article! Below are some tips to remember and an important reminder to stay safe during the time change.
If you are holding a trail this weekend, Trial Secretaries may want to put a blurb/reminder about this in their confirmations or mention it at your Saturday briefings!
If you will be traveling for trials, seminars or other events this weekend, please try to get enough sleep on Saturday night, March 12th so you do not feel drowsy on Sunday morning. Remember to be extra alert as there may be many drowsy drivers on the road...not to mention drowsy texters!
Here is some information from the National Sleep Foundation: ""There are several signs to indicate fatigue while driving, though many people may not associate the symptoms with fatigue or sleepiness and continue to drive when they should stop." Here are some signs that should tell a driver to stop and rest.
- Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids
- Trouble keeping your head up
- Yawning repeatedly
- Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs
- Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip
The National Sleep Foundation says the best way to prevent a crash due to falling asleep at the wheel is to "plan ahead and get plenty of sleep before hitting the road. If you start to feel tired while driving, stop or have a driving companion take over. If you are not stopping for the night, find a safe, well-lit area and take a 15-20 minute nap. Caffeine from coffee or energy drinks can promote short-term alertness, but it takes about 20-30 minutes for it to enter the bloodstream. Blasting a radio, opening a window and similar tricks to stay awake do not work."
For more information about other sleep-related issues, visit the National Sleep Foundation's website.
This is a good time to remind ourselves of Jane Callaghy's story around this time every year. Her husband Tom has posted a thoughtful letter as well and his video will hopefully convince you to prevent falling asleep while driving. Of course, visit the Live to Run Again website which has lots of great information. Special thanks to the LRA and Trail Blazers Agility Club for raising awareness on this issue and the difference they have made, as well as to the devote LRA-ers who lug CDs around to every trials. This concern for fellow competitors is greatly appreciated!
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