It’s almost time to spring forward and sleep experts are providing practical tips to help adjust to losing an hour of sleep.

Dr. Mary Ellen Wells, Director of Neurodiagnostics and the Sleep Science Program for the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Charlotte said that when it comes to losing sleep when Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, that hour counts. “Just the one hour, you are accumulating 60 minutes of sleep debt and that debt needs to be repaid,” she said.

Here are the four tips Dr. Wells recommends: Beginning a week before Daylight Saving Time, go to bed a few minutes earlier each night to help adjust to the time change. Go ahead and reset your clocks as early as Friday or Saturday. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol before and after Daylight Saving Time to help your body fall asleep naturally. Get plenty of sunshine.

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