Daylight Saving Time to cost more than hour of lost sleep

(Associated Press)

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Springing forward an hour this Sunday may cost metro Atlantans more than an hour of sleep. has come up with its first “Lost–Hour Economic Index,” which attempts to put a price tag on the hour lost to Daylight Saving Time and the problems from fatigue and sluggishness. Researchers estimate metro Atlanta will face about $7.5 million, or $1.39 per-capita, in costs due to injuries and lost productivity.

The index was created by Chmura Economics & Analytics for SleepBetter, a website the provides information on, you guessed it, sleep.

To come up with its findings, Chmura relied on a 2008 study from The New England Journal of Medicine, which found a 5 percent increase in heart attacks;  a 2009 study from The Journal of Applied Psychology, which found a nearly 6 percent increase in construction and mining injuries; and a 2012 Journal of Applied Psychology study that found a 3 percent increase in cyberloafing on the Monday following the time switch, according to Xiaobing Shuai one of the lead economists for the Chmura study.

Researchers then estimated the economic cost per capita in 360 metropolitan areas, using 2010 population figures. Metro Atlanta ranked No. 312.

Treating heart attacks in metro Atlanta will cost about $6.7 million; employees’ surfing the web on company time will cost about $782,160 in lost productivity; and accidents in construction and mining will cost only about $2,100 to treat (there is not a lot of mining here, and construction only  just recently started picking up).

Of course the costs are probably  much higher because other areas are not included in the study, such as auto accidents or injuries in other areas, such as manufacturing.

Nationally, the lost hour will cost the nation about $434 million, or $1.65 per capita, the index found.

“While we may appreciate the extra hour of daylight that comes with moving our clocks ahead, this study provides a prudent reminder that it’s a good idea to try to make up for that missing hour of sleep elsewhere,” said Dan Schecter of Carpenter Co., a foam products company and parent of

What do you plan to do to get back that lost hour Sunday?

35 comments Add your comment


March 6th, 2013
2:25 pm

How can we propose a change where we no longer have Daylight Savings Time? Wasn’t Daylight Savings Time started during World War 2 to give factory workers more time to tend to gardens and farms? I’m not sure that is a fact but it was what I heard years ago. If so we do not need it any more.

Old Boy

March 6th, 2013
2:49 pm

I would be interested to see a study on what happens at the end of daylight savings. If the effect of losing one hour of sleep is so extreme, wouldn’t it stand to reason that the effect of an extra hour of sleep should also be extreme?

Just Wondering

March 6th, 2013
4:32 pm

DST was invented so we could better utilize energy … use less … it really was just the first in Gonvernment control of it’s people. Not all states concede the need for DST. Rather than adjusting the work day one changes everyones schedule.

And someones “cost” or “expense” is someones “gain” or “credit” … really nothing is gained or lost, other than someone somewhere got a grant to study something that was created.

Sean Folkson

March 6th, 2013
4:46 pm

no reason why we can’t change the clocks on a Friday night/saturday morning instead (that is, if we’re going to keep changing them). the extra day should help.

Sean Folkson
Founder – NightFood, Inc.

Just Wondering

March 6th, 2013
4:58 pm

and NO … it wasn’t for the farmers so they could use the sunshine … Farmers don’t use a clock, the sun it self is a clock … our “time” detection system is just an invention.

Loved by dogs

March 6th, 2013
5:00 pm

I think it is totally irrational to change the time twice a year. Pick one and stick to it.

Phil I Buster

March 6th, 2013
5:00 pm

I say in the spring, move the clocks ahead 1 hour on Friday at 4PM. And in the fall set them back 1 hour on Sunday at 10PM. If that is too much to ask can we just move it 30 minutes and be done with it?

Not Blind

March 6th, 2013
5:30 pm

HELLO !!!!!!!!!!! DST is during the spring, summer and fall when people are more active whether at work or at play. Of course there will be more heart attacks or injuries as compared to the winter. The Monday slowdown is due to weekend warrior syndrome.

Ray B

March 7th, 2013
12:05 am

Please people…once we move to daylight savings time, will you PLEASE stop saying Eastern Standard Time (EST)? Once the clocks change, it will then be Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)…..yet just about every automated phone system will have a pleasant female voice telling us that their hours are 9-5 Eastern Standard Time. They say it without a clue what it means and it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard. GET IT RIGHT!!

Lynnie Gal

March 7th, 2013
8:30 am

To change time so frequently and affect everyone’s internal clock is madness. There is no logical explanation for why we continue to do this. It isn’t school children waiting for the bus on cold mornings.(It makes more sense to change school times, if that’s the case.) It isn’t farmers who need more daylight. They don’t need clock time to accomplish their work. I think it’s a way of asserting control over the population–a way for government to show us that they’re in control of us–even dictating what time it is.


March 8th, 2013
3:38 pm

You mean a company makes money coming up with dumb analysis like this? I need to change my profession.


March 8th, 2013
3:40 pm

No, it wasn’t started for farmers… In fact, most farmers do not like it. Look it up on Wikipedia, but think it was started to supposedly save energy, and give city slickers more time for outdoor recreation in the summer. Very annoying to me. Don’t know how much energy it really saves either.


March 8th, 2013
3:49 pm

It was actually the lobby group for theater owners that really pushed it through. They didn’t like drive-ins and wanted to make it harder for them to compete in the summer. I like having more light in the evening. Let’s switch to DST permanently. I don’t mind if your kids go to school in the dark.

Yag Kosher

March 8th, 2013
3:51 pm

” it really was just the first in Gonvernment control of it’s people.”

Anti-Government teabagger alert!!! Daylight savings time is a HOAX and a CONSPIRACY! WE THE PEOPLE are going to TAKE BACK the time that is RIGHTFULLY HOURS!!!

God, how I wish the Federal government would ABOLISH the power that states have. You see the problem with states having power and passing laws is that they’re filled with idiots.

Yag Kosher

March 8th, 2013
3:54 pm

“They say it without a clue what it means and it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard. GET IT RIGHT!!”

Ray you sound a bit high-strung, are you SURE that this is a major problem? I mean i couldn’t freaking give less of a **** whether they refer to as EST, EDT, ADP or PVT! Sounds like you’re about to blow a gasket over the most insignificant thing ever brought up!

Yag Kosher

March 8th, 2013
3:55 pm

Lynnie Gal, you and just wondering should get a room, you two paranoid schizos were made for each other. Better yet,make that an underground bunker!

Yag Kosher

March 8th, 2013
3:56 pm

“I don’t mind if your kids go to school in the dark.”

And I don’t mind if your stupid dog gets hit by a car in the dark.


March 8th, 2013
4:09 pm

So this is the result of a study that proves you can prove anything with a study. Ho-hum.


March 8th, 2013
4:33 pm

Statistics can be used to say anything!
For years statistics have been used to support desires rather than facts.
Also government grants have been given out for all kinds of outrageous studies.
These statistics are not wrong though the same or worse has already been said about insomnia.


March 8th, 2013
4:37 pm

@RAYB its also daylight saving time not daylight savings time


March 8th, 2013
4:41 pm

I hate daylight savings time. It serves no purpose; all that ‘energy’ talk is just bs, but a few years ago, the feds moved up the date that DST begins each year. I think they moved it up 2-3 weeks or so. Annoying!

Let it remain as Eastern Standard Time 24/7/365. Where can we all petition the government?


March 8th, 2013
4:57 pm

Why do people have to complain about every. little. thing? Goodness gracious, accept the extra hour of sunshine and do something with it! Enjoy the daylight hours after work by going for a bike ride, taking a walk, taking your kids to the park…can’t we just live life happily and not gripe about anything and everything that comes our way? I would hate to walk around with near the amount of anger that I see on these boards.

Devil's Advocate

March 8th, 2013
4:59 pm

This article has zero credibility for the simple fact that no effort was given to examine changes when we “Fall Back” and gain an hour. This “study” cherry picked from 3 other studies: 2008 heart attacks, 2009 injuries, and 2012 cyberloafing. Why not compare all 3 year-to-year for several years before making such a claim? I mean this data didn’t even come from the same day since 3 different years were used.


March 8th, 2013
5:09 pm

Can my 9 year old have the headline writer job at the AJC? “when we move the clocks back” WRONG

Ptc dawg

March 8th, 2013
5:36 pm

I like it daylight later during the warmer months, and it is my decision so deal with it. :)


March 8th, 2013
5:38 pm

“government control of the people”

That’s it! Its all Obama’s fault!

Atlwmn is right – chill out folks. Enjoy the extra hour of sunshine after you get home. Go for a walk, play with your kids. Stop being so angry about everything – it’s not good for your health.

Hillbilly D

March 8th, 2013
6:56 pm

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Hillbilly D

March 8th, 2013
7:08 pm

Guess my comment is lost in cyber-space.


March 8th, 2013
8:02 pm

Phil I Buster, I like the way you think!!


March 8th, 2013
10:08 pm

Yag Kosher, thanks so much for making my day! It sometimes (usually, actually) seems as if the tin-hat wearing Tea Party wackjobs have taken over every single public blog of late, no matter WHAT the subject may be.

And all of you Obama haters need to get a life. He won, get over it and get on with your damn lives already.

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March 11th, 2013
8:53 am

Geez Yag Kosher – you ruined a perfectly good conspiracy theory with your common sense logic.

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March 11th, 2013
10:15 am

What a bunch of lazy people we have that cannot wake up an hour earlier than usual. Complain about something else you panzies! By the way, you went to bed and hour earlier than usual, didn’t you?


March 12th, 2013
8:45 am

Maybe we should move the “fall-back” time to 2PM on Monday to make up for the lost productivity that occurs when we “spring-forward”