It turns out there’s a good side to every time zone and a bad side. And naturally, the bad side is trying to kill you!
According to a study out of the University of Pittsburgh, living on the west side of a time zone is definitively worse than living on the east side when talking about living near a time zone border.
It all comes down to the sunlight. People on the west side of a time zone line usually get an hour or more of sunlight, and they go to sleep an average of 19 minutes later than people on the east side. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is.
It translates to 115 hours of lost sleep every year, and THAT translates to more health problems. People on the west side of time zones are more likely to suffer from everything from diabetes to breast cancer.
Plus, people on the west sides tend to make 3% less money. The researchers believe it’s because they’re too tired to be productive.