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You're probably going to be tired today because of daylight saving time

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It makes sense: You (and pretty much every other American) lost an hour of sleep Sunday because of daylight saving time and the whole spring forward thing.

And not only can it make you sleep abnormally, but there are also some health risks associated with daylight saving. Even Politifact is on board, digging into a claim that says, “The hour of sleep you will likely lose … might pose a few health risks, at least for a couple of days.”

Politifact rated that statement True on its Truth-O-Meter, calling the concerns "valid."

The Verge calls daylight saving time "hot garbage," and explains why it first got implemented nearly 100 years ago.

So if this is you at work today: ...

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... know you're not alone. Here's what to expect.

It will make you tired

A 2009 study found the American workers loses, on average, 40 minutes of sleep when we spring forward.

Forbes says an hour of lost sleep can affect our internal body clock, and that while the majority of people need just a couple days to adjust to the new schedule, it can be more jarring for some – especially if you're older.

In fact, ABC News says German research recently found our bodies may never actually completely adjust to daylight saving because our bodies are naturally in tune with sunlight – not the numbers on a clock.

WebMD has some suggestions for how to cope.

It's kind of bad for your health

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw462Xbbzng

The risk of a heart attack jumps 25 percent the day after we spring forward an hour, when compared with other Mondays in the year, Reuters reported, citing a study in 2014.

Only Monday saw the spike, though – the rest of the week, things basically fell back to normal. (Note: The researchers only looked at hospital admissions in Michigan, so it wasn't country-wide.)

The New York Daily News has said headaches can be more common too.

And Finnish doctors found an 8 percent jump in ischemic strokes the two days following daylight saving time, the CBC says, with seniors and those with cancer having the highest rate.

The video from National Geographic above has some good info, so watch that.

It makes accidents more likely

Vox says one study found traffic crashes on the Monday after losing an hour actually go up – a "very small, but significant" amount.

USA Today previously spoke with a professor at the University of Washington that said workplace injuries also seem to be more severe after daylight saving kicks in. And he notices less productive employees, who surf the Web rather than get actual work done.

“I have not seen any benefits of this change,” Christopher Barnes told the publication. “I’ve only seen a downside in my data and the other studies.”

So when you get home today

Take a cue from George Michael Bluth, and get some sleep.

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