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Lost Hour in the News
U.S. Economy Loses $433 Million with Lost Daylight Savings Hour
The top cities hurt by daylight saving time
Is daylight saving time costing you more than just sleep?
Daylight Saving Time to cost more than hour of lost sleep
After shifting our clocks forward, many of us end up sluggish and disoriented for as much as a couple of days. How much does that cost us in productivity? SleepBetter created the Lost-Hour Economic Index to find out.
Nationally, that Lost Hour costs us a grand total of $433,982,548 in lost production and medical expenses. To figure out these numbers, we looked at how the time change can lead to an increase in heart attacks, workplace injuries in the mining and construction sectors, and increased cyberloafing in offices.
For information on how we calculated the index, read our news release on the Lost Hour.
Use these tips to help lessen the sluggishness and disoriented feeling that can be associated with the time change.
• Avoid the temptation to nap. If you must nap, try to do it early in the afternoon rather than late in the day.
• Use light to reset your body clock. Utilizing bright light in the morning and dim light at night is the best way to adjust to your new schedule.
• Keep the caffeine to a minimum. You may find that you need a cup of coffee or a caffeinated soda to keep alert, but try to avoid drinking them late in the afternoon, as they may keep you up later.
• Avoid excessive alcohol. Alcohol can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, something you need more than ever right after the time change.