Nashville, Tenn.- We fell back in November and over the weekend it will be time to spring ahead. But did you know losing that hour of sleep could lead to serious health complications?
The spring forward was created to get better use of sunlight in hopes of saving energy. But Dr. Raghi Upender, Medical Director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center said when you force your body to wake up earlier and take on a regular workload, it could lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and even stroke.
"When you deprive yourself of sleep, you're going against your body's physiology. And some of the hormones released don't get released in the right amounts and that could have health effects," said Dr. Upender.
Daylight Saving Time begins Saturday at midnight, so be sure to turn your clocks one hour ahead. And its also a good time to check and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.