Day after daylight saving switch deemed risky by researchers
That missing hour of sleep from Sunday may be taking a toll on more than just your sleep schedule. Some say daylight saving time affects health, safety and even judgment. Sunday night, most Americans got 40 fewer minutes of sleep than usual.
That missing hour of sleep from Sunday may be taking a toll on more than just your sleep schedule.
Some say daylight saving time affects health, safety and even judgment.
Sunday night, most Americans got 40 fewer minutes of sleep than usual.
Every spring, like clockwork, Dave Schultz of Clockwerks winds hanging chains and pushes hour hands on dozens of clocks.
"Some people like to work with their hands, some like to work with their minds. I do a little bit of both," he says.
The Clockwerks owner knows a thing or two about time.
"It's like a jigsaw puzzle taking clocks apart and putting them back together."
And he never seems to have enough of it.
"Yeah between two jobs and three kids, I'm pretty busy," Schultz says.
If it weren't for this job, he might not even notice the time change. "Plenty of time for sleep when we're dead."
This Monday most Americans didn't get a good night's rest.
That's why some researchers call it "Sleepy Monday."
"Lot of caffeine, yeah coffee," says Zaden Larson of Moorhead.
Beth Thompson of Fargo says, "Everyone's dragging and everyone's times are a little off, so it's always a little tougher."
A sleep-deprived country puts many at risk.
Studies show on this Monday you're 25 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack.
Stroke chances increase by 8 percent.
And fatal car crashes spike by 7 percent.
In some workplaces, accidents climb by 6 percent.
And at the office, workers spend more time surfing the Internet than they normally would.
Some research even suggests it affects the judicial system.
On Sleepy Monday, judges tend to hand down 5 percent longer sentences to convicts.
Some do enjoy the longer days.
Larson says, "It's darker later, I like that part about it."
Others wonder if it's time to turn back the clock on daylight saving and "Sleepy Monday."
This legislative session, the North Dakota Senate is looking at a bill to get rid of daylight saving time.
It would also put all counties statewide on Central Standard Time.