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Daylight Saving Time Turns Employees Into Total Grumps

If you're tired of the short, winter days, then there's light at the end of the tunnel: it's Daylight Saving Time this weekend! Remember to move your clocks ahead one hour so you can feel dazed and confused. If you're a manager, brace yourself for Monday because employees will be total grumps who might just feel like clocking you over the head.

A new survey from the Better Sleep Council finds nearly one-third (30%) of more than 1,000 Americans surveyed admit to suffering a big mood change in the wake of Daylight Saving time, while 5% surveyed say that "the Incredible Hulk has nothing on them" after the clocks move ahead. Hey, at least they're being honest about it.

One in 10 employees will fall asleep in a meeting next week, thanks to Daylight Saving Time. Women are more likely to feel the effects than men, but both sexes will require at least one week to adjust to the time change.

My favorite part of the Better Sleep Council survey lists the stupid things people have done while sleep deprived. These "stupid things" include getting in the shower with underwear on, coming to work with their clothes on inside out, walking into the wrong bathroom, going to the ATM to order food, telling embarrassing jokes, coming to work on their day off, and putting their paychecks in the garbage can.

So let's all plan to take it a bit easier on Monday and ramp up as the week progresses. Plan for next week today, before you come to work with your clothes on inside out and walk into the wrong bathroom before trying to get some food out of the ATM. Oh, it's your day off? Oops. For your sake, I hope it's not payday, too.


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