The top cities hurt by daylight saving time
One study looked at how much money major metropolitan areas lose when the clocks change.
We don't just lose an hour of sleep when the clocks change for daylight saving time. We lose real money, too.
That's the conclusion of a new survey by SleepBetter.org, which asked researchers to analyze evidence showing the economic drawbacks of daylight saving time.
As the basis of their research, the economists focused on three main areas. First, medical studies have shown that losing an hour of sleep leads to more heart attacks. Second, sleep deprivation has been linked to more workplace injuries in the mining and construction business. And finally, it causes a bit more loafing around at work.
SleepBetter.org has developed what it calls the "Lost Hour" economic index showing that moving the clock ahead Sunday will produce a $434 million hit to the U.S. economy. The company looked at how individual U.S. cities were affected as well.
At the top of the list is Morgantown, W.Va., a city with higher rates of heart attacks and, historically, a higher rate of mining and construction accidents. Two other West Virginia regions rounded out the top three for similar reasons. Florida cities also appear on the list, mostly because of higher heart-attack rates linked to the large population of retirees in the state.
Here are the rest of the top 20 areas hurt economically by daylight saving time, according to the index:
Region Total cost Per-capita cost
|Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.||$7,283,123||$2.57|
|North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Fla.||$1,822,027||$2.55|
|Punta Gorda, Fla.||$404,984||$2.49|
|Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.||$662,576||$2.42|
|Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.||$1,336,302||$2.42|
|Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.||$334,825||$2.39|
|Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla.||$1,187,424||$2.36|
I say get rid of it! Up here in Alaska we get so little daylight in the winter that you'd have to change the clocks about 4 hours to make a worth while impact. It's just a silly P.I.T.A.
Let's all be like Arizona!
Who is this person? Time is relative. All the stated comments are not factual. My cows and horses never ask me what time it is. I don't spend any extra money on air conditioners. I actually stay awake longer and I am more alert. Why are you making up things to justify your problem. There are 24 hours in a day. How you use them it up to you.
The extra hour of daylight enhances mood, provides more opportunity to get outdoors and bike, walk, run, garden, and other healthful activities that actually enhance productivity, not hurt it. People who are sleep deprived are so because of many other reasons, which would still exist even without the time change.
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