Msn.com had an article based on a 2009 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology that looked at workplace injuries from 1983 to 2006. It found that the average American gets about 40 minutes less sleep the night after DST goes into effect.
We’re talking a loss of zzzzzz’s on Sunday night, which according to the study is the result of folks not being tired enough to fall asleep essentially one hour earlier than what they’re used to (after all, Sunday’s 11:00 p.m. is Saturday’s 10:00 p.m.). Apparently, this leads to measurable on-the-job safety consequences on Monday.
So, if you found yourself yawning at work yesterday, you weren’t alone.
You also weren’t alone if you walked into an open filing cabinet drawer as a result.
In other words, we all sprang forward . . . into danger!
Christopher M. Barnes and David T. Wagner of Michigan State conducted the study. They found that injuries not only increased by an average of 5.7 percent on the Monday after DST, but that the severity of the injuries increased: The number of days missed due to an injury on the post-DST Monday rose by 67.6 percent compared with average workplace injuries.
Kind of makes you feel lucky just to be walking around on both legs, doesn’t it! Basically, those of us who remain in one piece today should consider ourselves nothing less than survivors.
As is so often the case, this new piece of knowledge led to me developing one of JAYCIE’S THEORIES: it’s not so much the lack of sleep that causes everyone to trip all over themselves the Monday after DST goes into effect. Rather, all those serious accidents are really the result of seeing each other look that tired and disheveled.
Repeat after me: stumbling back and covering our eyes when we’re aghast at what we see before us can have serious consequences!
I’m pretty sure I personally came close to causing one traffic accident, a bad coffee burn for an unsuspecting fellow Starbucks patron and a co-worker’s bungled application of lipstick in the office Ladies’ Room.
Seriously, when I’m not looking my best I should just stay home as a matter of public safety. After today, I think I’ve got my boss convinced.
HOW ABOUT YOU, DID YOU FIND YOURSELF STUMBLING AROUND MONDAY DUE TO A LACK OF SLEEP? ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME? A FREE COPY OF MY DEBUT NOVEL, MRS. GOODFELLER WILL BE RANDOMLY AWARDED TO ONE PERSON WHO LEAVES A COMMENT BELOW BEFORE THE NEXT WRITERSPACE BLOG IS POSTED.