March 9, 2018

Tech Apps and Gadgets to help Manage Daylight Savings Time

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Daylight savings is here, and if you’re like us, you definitely are not looking forward to it. You lose an hour of sleep and need to brew more coffee to get through the day. You go to bed early to try and get back on schedule. If only some tech-based tricks could help you sleep better…

  • White Noise: One of the most disruptive things to your sleep cycle is noise—and not just loud noises, but small noises can significantly disrupt your sleep as well. White noise machines have been around for ages but now, there are apps that play white music at the touch of your fingertip! We love the White Noise Lite, an app that allows you to easily produce white noise of your choosing—with over 40 different sounds.
  • Yoga for Insomnia: “Yoga for Insomnia” is an app that lays out a structured series of yoga poses, purposely meant to reduce insomnia and help you sleep better. Open the app a few minutes before you’re headed into bed and flow through a little practice—it couldn’t hurt.
  • Color- Changing Gadget: Withings Aura is a smart alarm clock with sensors that actually changes the light display based on your sleep schedule. Just place a sensor under the mattress so that it can detect your sleep schedule phase, waking you up at the most appropriate time before your alarm is set to wake you up. Get out of bed feeling refreshed and awake!
  • Get Moving: Many studies say that as little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as walking or cycling, can dramatically improve the quality of your nighttime sleep, especially when done on a regular basis. You might have heard that it’s bad to exercise before bedtime—but that’s just a rumor! So, if you can squeeze that last walk in half an hour before bedtime, go for it.
  • Cool Down Your Body: Did you know that your body temperate needs to be at a core level to fall asleep and stay asleep? Though it seems simple, make sure you have a thermostat that lowers your temperature to help with your sleep cycle.

Sleep is so important—it can affect one’s energy level, mood and even other factors that you don’t think of such as weight management. So make sure to get extra sleep for daylight savings time this year around to have a happier and healthier 2018.