Like most people, I have a love-hate relationship with Daylight Saving Time—I love that there are more hours of sunlight in the day but I hate (and I cannot emphasize that enough) the week-long slump that occurs thanks to the whole “losing an hour of sleep” thing. Fortunately, there are ways—more specifically, products—to help us all cope with the annual 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 the clocks ‘spring forward.’
1. The coziest weighted blanket for more quality shut-eye
Snuggle up with the Gravity Blanket.
Getting one fewer hour of sleep means you have to make the most of the sleep you do get. And for that, you could benefit from 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.
2. This alarm clock to make waking up easier
Ahh, so soothing.
Waking up is hard to do—and it’s even harder when your body thinks it’s supposed to be asleep for another hour and the sun is sleeping in, too. While you can get one of those jarring, ear-splitting alarms, over 7,000 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.
3. Our favorite coffee maker
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One hit of caffeine, coming right up.
With the morning an hour shorter, not only are you desperately in need of coffee but you don’t have time to wait for a whole pot to brew. You need it stat. 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.
4. This mug, so you’re never without your brew
The 16-ounce mug comes in 8 different colors.
Chances are one cup of coffee (or tea) just isn’t going to cut it now that you’re sleep-deprived (can you tell I like my caffeine?). 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 kept 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.
5. This white-noise machine with nearly 5,000 reviews
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Choose from sounds like rain, meadow, or waterfalls.
If there’s ever a time when naps are necessary, it’s the day after the clocks move forward. 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 this 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.
6. These blue-light blocking glasses for your circadian rhythm
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Keep your eyes happy and healthy.
Blue-light blocking glasses are having a moment. 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.
I personally wear this popular (and affordable) pair from Amazon every day when I’m sitting at my computer. While the scientific jury is out as to whether blue light from screens contributes to eye strain, anecdotally, my eyes feel less fatigued at the end of the day and I have fewer headaches. Placebo effect or no, I’m sold.
7. This travel pillow, so you can nap on your commute
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Snooze in comfort on your way to the office.
Your morning commute for at least a week following the time change is likely to be a little bit rougher—and a whole lot sleepier—than normal. So a travel pillow like this one will definitely come in handy. It’s our experts’ favorite because it’s durable and compact and provides enough neck support that you won’t wake up with kinks or aches.
8. This sleep mask to block out the sun
Credit: Reviewed/Jackson Ruckar
Mask on, lights off.
More hours of daylight is great for all your favorite outdoor activities but not so great for trying to sleep. If you’re someone who, like me, needs complete darkness to fall asleep, you might 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.
9. This energizing body wash
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Lather, rinse, repeat.
If a morning shower is part of your wake-up routine, super-charge it with this “turbo” body wash. Made with invigorating ingredients juniper, rosemary, and eucalyptus, it has nearly 1,000 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.”
10. This must-have for making you look less tired
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Put your best (and most awake) face forward with a roller.
Let’s face it—with an hour less sleep, you’re not likely to be looking your most bright-eyed. 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.
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