Daylight Saving Time Ends Soon. Are You Ready? 

With Daylight Saving Time (DST) ending on November 5, we'll gain one hour. Sounds good right? Not always.

The seemingly small one-hour shift during Daylight Saving Time transitions can affect our sleep-wake cycle, disrupting our sleep for several days. Sleep loss, mood disturbances, and even more traffic accidents are some of the negative effects researchers have noted during the transition from DST to Standard Time. 

Getting enough quality sleep can help with your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The following resources are available to help you prepare for the upcoming time change.

Test your sleep awareness I.Q.

Think you know how sleep – or lack of – impacts your health? Test your sleep knowledge by taking this six-question quiz. It only takes a few minutes, and you’ll learn how changes in your sleep could affect your body, mind and mood. 

At the end of the quiz, U-M faculty and staff can enter a drawing for a chance to win one of ten $25 Amazon gift cards. The deadline to enter is November 17, 2023.

Resources to practice­­ better sleep habits

Most adults need 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep to maintain optimal mental and physical health. Many of us are not getting this regularly, however. 

According to data from the 2023 annual health questionnaire administered by MHealthy, nearly 30 percent of U-M employees reported getting 7-8 hours of sleep two or less times per week. Additionally, over 38 percent of U-M employees have trouble falling or staying asleep three or more days of the week.

MHealthy’s website includes resources and tips to help you adjust in the days before and after a time change. Use these anytime to raise your awareness and practice­­ better sleep habits. 

  • Tips for getting restful sleep

  • Tips for shift workers

  • Apps and audio recordings to help you sleep

  • MHealthy Portal online programs, including Path to Wellness and Knowledge Courses

  • U-M health plan coverage

  • Articles, podcasts and more

Learn more and view all sleep-related resources compiled on the MHealthy website.  

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