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Does Daylight Saving Time have your internal clock off?

You may have set your clocks back Saturday night, but for some people their internal clocks might still be off, thanks to Daylight Saving Time. 

On Sunday, 14 News talked with a sleep expert who says Daylight Saving Time helps remind us just how important sleep is.

Chances are Sunday morning's alarm had you hitting the snooze button a time or two.

"It affects me until I get used to it, about a week until I get used to it," Evansville resident, Terry Gilchrist said.

"They've been up late, now they have to go to church, and now we have a sudden time change as well," said Don Ladwig, the coordinator at St. Mary's Sleep Disorder Center.

Ladwig said studies show more workplace accidents and car accidents the Monday following the spring time change.

"Because now we're trying to regulate. Most people will switch over pretty quick, but for some people, it can be difficult," Ladwig said.

Ladwig said studies even show that driving drowsy can be as dangerous as drinking and driving.

So how much sleep is enough? Ladwig says seven to nine hours a night for adults and the younger a child is, the more sleep they need. 

Ladwig told 14 News a tip for work Monday is to plan your afternoon cup of coffee for an hour before you usually get sleepy.

"Some people drink throughout the day, all day long, and that really isn't effective because it builds up their tolerance to the caffeine," Ladwig said.

Ladwig said there is good news is thought. You'll get that hour back in the fall.

"An extra hour of sleep does come in handy when you need it," Gilchrist said.

Ladwig says try to get to bed early Sunday night to help make up for any sleep you may have missed Saturday night. 

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