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Maybe everyone should just get the day off after clocks are sprung forward for Daylight Savings Time.

Perhaps motivated by a spike in typos or reporting errors by its staff the day after clocks are set forward an hour, Atlantic Monthly nosed around to see if the time change was linked to poor performance at work. The magazine turned up the findings of a 2009 study that identified more mistakes and on-the-job injuries immediately following the time change. The culprit? The 40 minutes of sleep the average American worker loses while adjusting to the change.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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