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I'm tired, you're tired and it's all daylight saving time's fault

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If you could put your hands on a simple-to-implement, practically cost-free solution that would increase productivity in your business, cut down on absenteeism because of illness and reduce workplace injury, would you do it?

Of course you would.

All you need to do is persuade your representatives in Congress to abolish daylight saving time.

Good luck with that.

Despite ample scientific research showing that changing the clocks back and forth twice a year is detrimental to mental and physical health and actually increases energy usage, Congress has expanded DST to span more than half of the year, making the concept of “standard” time nonsensical.

DST increases energy use, you say? Isn’t it supposed to give us more time in the summer to work and play outdoors?

Well, look around you, my friend. Lifestyles have changed. Kids aren’t out playing baseball or riding their bikes anymore in the evening -- they’re in air-conditioned homes playing video games while their parents log extra work hours at their computers or watch TV.

This article calls that hour we “save” the most expensive hour of the year.

Daylight time also disrupts normal sleep patterns and worsens sleep disorders. For many people, it makes for a rough week, especially in the spring, when they lose an hour of sleep. Attention goes down, accidents and mistakes go up.

But some people never fully adjust. As one of them, I can’t tell you how happy I am that we turn the clocks back next weekend.

The week ahead

Logistics companies – a significant part of the midstate economy – say they are magnets for manufacturers. Reporter Jim Ryan examines that claim and sees how it applies locally. And if you’re wondering whether your company’s website is getting the traffic it should, Friday’s issue offers some tips on how to decide whether to do your search engine optimization in house or by contracting with a third party.

We’re one week away from our annual Powerbook issue, which profiles midstate leaders whose influence is affecting their industries, their communities or the region. A subscription is the best way to ensure you don’t miss it.

Meanwhile, you never know who you might meet at a midstate networking event. For opportunities, click here.

The rewind

Speaking of the Powerbook issue, here’s a gallery of men and women likely to be playing major roles in their fields and, hopefully, the midstate in years to come: The 2013 Class of the Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Kudos to CPBJ photographer Amy Spangler for the awesome portraits and our senior web developer, David Gotshall, for the equally awesome online presentation.

Hope Stephan

Hope Stephan

Hope Stephan is editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. A Pennsylvania native, she is a graduate of Penn State and Xavier University. Have a question or tip for her? Email her at hopes@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @hstephan. Circle Hope Stephan on .

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