Survey: Daylight savings time causes grumpiness

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(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- A new survey says 61 percent of U.S. adults feel the effects of daylight savings time the Monday after resetting their clocks -- and 11 percent feel the effects more than a week later.

Daylight savings time starts Sunday at 2 a.m.

In the survey conducted by the Better Sleep Council, 74 percent of workers over age 30 said not getting enough sleep affects their work. Nine percent said the lack of sleep means they are likely to fall asleep when in a meeting -- or even when driving. Four percent admitted to getting into traffic accidents due to lack of sleep.

And is some co-workers seem unusually cranky on Monday, note that 30 percent of people surveyed said the time change affects their mood. Four percent of people said they are "much less pleasant" to be around, while 5 percent said "the Incredible Hulk has nothing on them."

And unfortunately, the effects could last for days, the survey says.

Twenty-nine percent of people surveyed said it takes them a full week to get back to normal -- and 11 percent said it could take more than a week.

The Sleep Council, a nonprofit supported by the mattress industry, said the survey was conducted in first quarter 2013 with a statistically representative sample of U.S. adults.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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