Don’t forget to “Spring Ahead” this weekend. Early Sunday morning, most of the U.S. will turn the clocks forward in the move to Daylight Saving Time. While some may curse the lost hour of sleep, an hour more of evening light feels like a unique gift of extra time to us.
Granted, the first few weeks of going to bed earlier and getting up earlier can be a challenge. Fortunately, technology can help. This sleep-promoting light bulb, originally developed by NASA to help astronauts get to sleep in space, encourages production of melatonin, the hormone that promotes drowsiness. Used for 30 minutes just before bedtime, it helps your body maintain a natural circadian rhythm for restful, refreshing sleep.
To ease the earlier wakeups, this gentle alarm clock delivers a progression of soft light and nature sounds. A half hour before wakeup, the clock’s light begins to glow softly, increasing its intensity gradually over the next 30 minutes. At the 15-minute mark, the clock begins to generate your choice of six nature sounds. The cycle concludes with a chime that gradually increases in volume to wake even the soundest sleeper. Time changes aside, this is an ideal unique gift idea for anyone who hates getting up in the morning.
Finally, if you dislike the bother of resetting your clocks twice a year, an atomic clock does the work for you automatically using radio waves to communicate with the official clock transmitter in Colorado. The Giant Display Atomic Wall Clock combines the simplicity of unerring accuracy with numerals that are more than four inches high and easy to read, even from across the room. It also comes with an outdoor thermometer so you’ll know the temperature outside at just a glance. Perfect for this time of the year when both time and weather are changing.