Well Being

Daylight Savings Time Can Throw You Off Way More Than You Think

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Did you know that daylight savings time can cause your body to be so thrown off, you have trouble concentrating, possibly causing you to make unpleasant mistakes such as stepping into the shower with your clothes on? Losing that little hour of sleep can lead to an array of issues despite seeming like an irrelevant bleep in your week.

According to a survey by the Better Sleep Council of over 1,000 adults, 61 percent of Americans say that they feel the missed hour of sleep “significantly,” while 40 percent state that they need at least a full week to feel normal once again. A lack of sleep can lead to feeling irritable, stressed out, unable to focus and prone to more missteps than usual.

Considering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly one-third of American workers already don't get enough sleep — leading to $63.2 billion in lost productivity — this small snap forward could affect a lot of people very negatively. Personally, I woke up feeling absolutely terrible this morning for reasons I can't pinpoint and wasn't able to fall back asleep because I felt thrown-off.

Fortunately, there are ways that you can help your body deal. As a matter of fact, Carrie wrote up an excellent guide to several of the methods that can assist in transitioning forward yesterday, including sleep tips and how to not feel so terrible. Who knows — perhaps by using some of these, you'll be better equipped for work on Monday and avoid getting your clothes all wet in an absentminded shower!

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