Falling Back Could Hurt Less Than Springing Forward

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November 3, 2009

Fall is undeniably a great time of year for sleep enthusiasts because there's nothing better than gaining an hour of sleep. You might also find that it hurts a lot less than when you lose an hour in the spring, according to a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology . Researchers at Michigan State University found that the return to daylight saving time in the spring can have a negative impact on injuries in the workplace. The study found that the day after moving clocks forward, employees had 5.7 percent more workplace injuries than on a normal workday and lost 67.6 percent more work days because of injuries. Researchers attribute this to sleep loss associated with the time change. According to the study, employees slept 40 minutes less after losing an hour. On the other hand, researchers found that gaining an hour in the fall did not have any significant effects on sleep, injury frequency or injury severity.