Study: Daylight savings costs metro Detroit $9M
Sleepbetter.org says people losing sleep results in workplace accidents, heart attacks
Springing forward into daylight saving time also means falling backwards $9,268,746.81 for metro Detroit.
According to SleepBetter.org's Lost-Hour Economic Index, Detroit ranks 68 out of all 360 U.S. metro areas in per-capita DST costs.
According to the study, moving the clock ahead one hour each spring inflicts at least $434 million in total losses on the U.S. economy each year.
For Detroit the estimated costs due to DST are:
$8,639,181.36 due to an increase incidence of heart attacks
$1,468.83 due to increased workplace injuries (in construction and mining)
$628,096.62 due to increased cyberloafing at the office
Spring forward tips:
• Plan ahead. Going to bed a little earlier every night and getting up a little earlier every morning leading up to the time change can mitigate the shock to your system.
• Avoid the temptation to nap. If you must nap, try to do it early in the afternoon rather than late in the day.
• Use light to reset your body clock. Utilizing bright light in the morning and dim light at night is the best way to adjust to your new schedule.
• Keep the caffeine to a minimum. You may find that you need a cup of coffee or a caffeinated soda to keep alert, but try to avoid drinking them late in the afternoon, as they may keep you up later.
• Avoid excessive alcohol. Alcohol can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, something you need more than ever right after the time change.
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