10 things to help you cope with daylight saving time
Get your circadian rhythm back on track with these products.
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Daylight saving time 2021 ends this weekend on Sunday, November 7, meaning that the clocks will "fall back" an hour. Many people have a love-hate relationship with the time change—you love that you get an extra hour of sleep but you hate the week-long slump that occurs thanks to setting the clocks back and the fact that it will now get dark at 5 p.m.
Fortunately, there are ways—more specifically, products—to help us all cope with the seasonal time change. These 10 things will either help you sleep or help you wake the heck up so you can at least be a semi-functioning adult after daylight saving time.
1. The coziest weighted blanket for more quality shut-eye
You're getting an extra hour of sleep, so you might as well take advantage of it. To help you snooze better, snag a weighted blanket, which people claim helps them both fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer.
Our favorite is the Gravity Blanket. Its velvety cover is super-soft to the touch and machine-washable, and the blanket itself provides just the right amount of comforting pressure—not too light, not too heavy.
Get the Gravity Blanket from Gravity for $195
2. This alarm clock to make waking up easier
Waking up is hard to do—and it's even harder when your body has no idea what time it is anymore. While you can get one of those jarring, ear-splitting alarms, more than 8,000 people prefer this genius wake-up light. According to its glowing reviews (pun intended), it mimics the natural sunrise to wake you up gently and has adjustable brightness and sound options so you can customize your alarm.
Get the Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light from Amazon for $99.95
3. Our favorite coffee maker
An extra hour means you have more time in the morning to get your caffeine fix at home—and you need it when you wake up still feeling drowsy. Here at Reviewed, we love the Nespresso VertuoPlus (it's our number one single-serve coffee maker) because it's super-speedy and brews a deliciously foamy cup of coffee. Bonus: It has a milk frother for when you want to get fancy.
Get the Breville Nespresso VertuoPlus from Amazon for $144.95
4. This mug, so you're never without your brew
Chances are one cup of coffee (or tea) just isn't going to cut it now that it feels like it's always dark outside. For taking your cuppa on the go, our experts recommend this stainless steel mug from Zojirushi. It's the best travel mug we've ever used, because it keeps our coffee piping hot for up to 24 hours (yes, really!) and its slim, lightweight design is perfect for tossing in your bag on the way out the door.
Get the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug from Amazon for $23.99
5. This sound machine with more than 5,000 reviews
If there's ever a time when naps are necessary, it's the day after the clocks change. But between pinging phone notifications and the neighbors making noise next door, napping during the day can be tough (don't people know you're trying to sleep?!). Enter the Adaptive Sound white noise machine, which not only has thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon but is also our experts' number one sound machine. It was easily the loudest of all the machines we tested (i.e., it will drown out any sound) and even has an “adaptive” mode that monitors the noise level in your room and adjusts the volume accordingly.
Get the Adaptive Sound Sound + Sleep Sound Machine from Amazon for $85.95
6. These blue-light blocking glasses for your circadian rhythm
Blue-light blocking glasses are having a moment—especially after a full year of working from home. Research says they may help you get better sleep, as exposure to blue light—which is emitted from the sun but also all the screens we stare at—disrupts your circadian rhythm. Reviewed's shopping editor wears this popular (and affordable) pair from Amazon every day when sitting at her computer. While the scientific jury is out as to whether blue light from screens contributes to eye strain, anecdotally, her eyes feel less fatigued at the end of the day and she has fewer headaches.
Get the Gamma Ray Blue Light Blocking Glasses from Amazon for $17.99
7. A shower head that will power you up for the day
When your alarm wakes you up, but your body drags getting out of bed, a bucket of cold water can energize you like nothing else. Sometimes, you need drastic, but we find a more soothing yet effective approach in the Hydroluxe shower head. It’s the best one we’ve ever tested, and it features two dozen settings, from power rain to simply, mist, which our tester described as “a bunch of angels gently pelting me with wet cotton clouds.”
Get the Hydroluxe 24 Function Ultra-Luxury 3-Way 2-in-1 Shower Head from Amazon for $25.99
8. This sleep mask to block out the sun
An earlier sunrise might be great for all your favorite outdoor activities, but not so great for trying to sleep. If you're someone who needs complete darkness to fall asleep, you may want to snag this sleep mask, which our experts deemed the best one you can buy. In fact, our Reviewed tester says it's “like having personal blackout curtains for your eyes” and loves that the contoured foam is comfortable and breathable.
Get the Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask from Amazon for $13.95
9. This energizing body wash
If a morning shower is part of your wake-up routine, super-charge it with this “turbo” body wash from Jack Black. Made with invigorating ingredients like juniper, rosemary, and eucalyptus, it has more than 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon. People say that not only does it cleanse and moisturize their skin, but it leaves them feeling more awake and revitalized when they step out of the shower. One reviewer even wrote, “It gives me that kick I need in the morning to get up.”
Get the Jack Black Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser from Amazon for $10
10. This face roller for making you look less tired
Even with more snooze time, the time change probably has you feeling and looking a lot sleepier. Fake it 'til you make it—when it comes to looking awake, that is—with this top-rated face roller. One of our editors swears by it, saying she puts it in the freezer before using it and that it visibly reduces puffiness after a long night.
Get the Skin Gym Rose Quartz Crystal Facial Roller from Amazon for $28
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