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

Doctor shares tips on how to adjust for the lost hour.
Doctor shares tips on how to adjust for the lost hour.

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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