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How Losing An Hour Can Have A Big Impact Monday Morning

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SPOKANE, Wash. - It may not sound like much, but experts say missing out on just 40 minutes of sleep can have a big impact on your day. Although the clocks were moved ahead an hour Sunday, many will not feel the effects until Monday. Therefore, springing forward could set you back this week.

“You take an hour out of that day really early on Sunday morning, but it seems that people don't actually change their schedule until that night and really Monday morning,” said Assistant Professor at the University Of Washington Christopher Barnes.

That is why many people refer to it as sleepy Monday. Although that hour may not seem like much, research shows it makes a big difference.

“That 40 minutes of lost sleep is associated with a spike in 5.6% in the number of workplace injuries and that’s something that is pretty important, this is people's health and well being,” Barnes said.

The severity of those injuries also goes up by 50% and you are even more likely to get into a car accident.

However, it is not just workplace safety that goes down. Productivity levels take a hit as well. Monday people are more likely to waste time online looking at things like cute cat videos or checking Facebook.

“If we lose even just 1% or 2% of productivity on a given day, that is billions of dollars in the U.S. economy, so even small amounts of sleep are tied to meaningful and important outcomes,” Barnes said.

However, if you are thinking you will just go to sleep an hour earlier to avoid the effects of daylight saving time, you may not be able to.

“You want to get that extra sleep, so you go to bed an hour early and you lay there staying awake for that hour, wondering why you cannot fall asleep,” Barnes said. “That's because you have a 24 hour cycle that governs your sleep process and trying to go to sleep early is really fighting against that.”

Therefore, if you can, try not to make any big decisions the Monday after daylight savings.

“I would say that, that Monday is a day that we should be especially careful not to do any tasks that are especially dangerous or important or require extra high levels of concentration,” Barnes recommends. “It's probably smart to schedule those later in the week after we've done a little more adjusting to the time schedule.”

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