Daylight saving time strikes the economyFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- For some of us, rolling out of bed, this morning, was a little rough. We lost an hour of sleep this weekend to Daylight Saving Time.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- For some of us, rolling out of bed, this morning, was a little rough. We lost an hour of sleep this weekend to Daylight Saving Time.
Just when we were getting use to day break peaking a little earlier than usual,
it hits us. Spring forward and lose an hour.
Brianna Donnan/Fargo: "It's just like, ahhh, I should have gone to bed earlier."
Even though it comes around two times a year, it seems to shock your system.
Linda Lofgren/Sleep Wellness Center: "It's just a natural thing that your body gets into this rhythm and all of a sudden you lose an hour. It's going to affect how you feel."
How you feel can affect your performance, that includes your productivity on the job. A new study shows the u.s. economy loses over 430 million dollars each time we turn back our clocks.
In Fargo, we are trading in about 298 thousand dollars for that extra hour of sunlight.
Now there are things you can do to perk up during the day like taking a quick walk and setting you priorities. Keeping up with your tasks and keeping your boss happy too.
Bill Hein/Fargo: "I prepared ahead because I work at six o'clock in the morning."
Bill Hein thought ahead and that's just what you should do. Getting to bed early, could prevent you from making it to work late.
"Do it in increments of 10-15 minutes and not a whole shot at one time, you know, where you're taking that hour and changing your whole life around."
It could also save you money at the doctor. During daylight saving time heart attacks cost people in the valley about 257 thousand dollars. Injuries result in nearly 204 dollars while at work. And getting off task and surfing the web costs employers about 40 grand.
So the question is, is it worth it?
"I think it's pointless. Because I don't even turn it back in my car because it's the waste of the clock. I mean, it's just going to go back in a couple months anyways."
But all of the loss can be prevented, as long as you prepare.
"working construction, it's a nine hour day and it's tiring so I made sure I got to bed early."
"I'm going back to bed later today."
It should only take a week or two for your body to adjust. But, if the grogginess lingers, you might want to check with your doctor.