Daylight Saving Time... Making Your Life More Difficult

March 13, 2017

According to a new survey, only 17% of us get at least eight hours of sleep a night.  And with Daylight Saving Time, it's even lower today.  Here are the top eight reasons your job might be harder because of the time change . . .

1.  It seems like your day goes slower.  That was the number one answer.  29% of the people in the survey agreed with it.

2.  Being tired makes you feel less motivated.

3.  It makes you less productive.

4.  You have a harder time remembering stuff.

5.  It takes longer to complete certain tasks.

6.  You get irritated by your coworkers more easily.

7.  You make more mistakes.

8.  It makes you resent your job more.

Also, a new CDC study looked at which jobs mess with people's sleep schedules the most.  The jobs where you're least likely to get at least seven hours of sleep include switchboard operators, railway workers, food prep supervisors, and firefighters.

The jobs where you're MOST likely to get enough sleep include air traffic controllers . . . church workers . . . teachers . . . and farmers. 


Now here's the big question - is Daylight Saving Time worth it?  A lot of people think we should stop doing it, because the pros don't really outweigh the cons.  Here are four weird side effects of Daylight Saving Time . . .

1.  You're more likely to have a heart attack.  A recent study found there are 25% more heart attacks today than an average Monday.  And there are also more car crashes.

2.  It's the worst day of the year to be sentenced for a crime.  A study came out last year that found judges impose harsher sentences right after Daylight Savings.  Possibly because they're in a bad mood, or just tired from not getting enough sleep.

3.  It's riskier to do in vitro fertilization right now.  Another recent study found women who do it in March are more likely to suffer a miscarriage.

4.  You're less likely to get robbed.  Which is the only POSITIVE side effect on the list.  A study in 2015 found there are 7% fewer robberies the day after Daylight Savings.

And there are 27% fewer robberies the NIGHT after Daylight Savings starts.  Probably because the sun sets later, and most robberies happen when it's dark out.