Doc shares tips on resetting your internal clock for Daylight Saving Time

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s almost time to set your clocks forward one hour. Daylight Saving Time is Sunday.

Franciscan St. Elizabeth Medical Director for sleep disorder Dr. Shahid Ahsan said it’s important for people to prepare by going to sleep earlier.

If unprepared, losing that hour of sleep can cause the same effects as jet lag and it may take a day or two for your body to adjust.

Ahsan said another good strategy is to wake up earlier as well.

“Your sleep schedule is not set by the time you go to bed. It’s set by the time you wake up, because your brain has a clock that is reset by light exposure. If you can plan a day or two ahead of time, try to wake up early,” said Ahsan.

Some other tips to avoid sleep deprivation are to avoid smoking before bedtime, to get out of bed at a regular time and to sleep no longer than eight hours.

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