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Forcing yourself out of bed isn’t always easy, and it gets even harder as the air starts to cool. Pushing off your warm, cozy covers only to get out into the frigid air can seem nothing short of cruel; it’s enough to make any of us curse winter and vow to stay inside until it’s finally over.
Despite how good that idea may seem, it’s actually a pretty bad one. Though you’ll inevitably fight this battle all winter long, getting out of bed and getting some fresh air is actually good for you, and these devices will help you do it.
Though staying in your bed for hours on end during the winter months seems like a great idea, it’s really not. In fact, getting out into the sunshine during the winter is actually one of the best things you can do for your mental health during the colder months. Because the days are shorter during winter, we’re all exposed to less sunlight during this time—for some people, spending more time indoors and less time out in the sun can eventually contribute to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues.
As much as we’d all love to lie in bed during a cold winter’s day, getting up and out into the world can make us feel better, and the Nest Learning Thermostat can help us do it. It’s not just sleek looking; it can be set to different temperatures with a voice command, and it even learns what temperatures you like at certain points in the day. Set it to be warmer when you get out of bed (so waking up is a little bit less jarring) and cooler when you go to bed so you’ll actually want to get under the covers.
When it comes to how we wake up, most of us stick with a simple alarm clock or the alarm feature on our phones. But this doesn’t always work perfectly. Many of us choose an alarm tone so unpleasant we think it is guaranteed to jolt us awake, when really all we do is turn it off as quickly as possible and go back to sleep. There’s a better way to wake up with sound, and it involves using soothing music you actually enjoy to get yourself out of bed.
The Sonos system is designed to provide music to every room in your home, whether you want to hear a specific song in each room or the same song everywhere. The Play:1 speaker is ultra compact, so it’ll easily fit the décor in any room in your home so you can listen to your favorite music no matter where you are, including your bedroom. Instead of waking up to a jarring alarm bell, try waking up to your favorite relaxing playlist to not only make the morning a more pleasant time, but also to set the tone for the rest of your day.
Time isn’t the only factor that plays into when we wake up. All humans have a natural 24-hour clock known as the circadian rhythm, and one of the things that has the biggest impact on that is our exposure to light—how much of it we’re exposed to and when we’re exposed to it. If you frequently have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, you may find that a little extra light exposure could make a big improvement in your a.m. game.
The Philips Hue Smart Bulb might be just what you need when it comes not only to waking up but to feeling more refreshed when you do. The bulbs are connected wirelessly and can be dimmed or brightened with a simple voice command. You can even program them so that they gradually get brighter or dimmer during certain points in the day, such as when you wake up or when you go to sleep. Check out this video to see how you can program your lights using the system’s Wake Function to help make waking up a whole lot easier.
If you’ve managed to get yourself out of bed, the next thing on your mind is most likely coffee. But if you hit the snooze button one too many times you won’t have time to get a fresh pot brewing, nor will you have the time to pick any up on your way to work or school. If you find yourself in this situation a little too often, you’ll be happy to learn that your coffee could be making itself for you, giving you an amazing aroma to wake up to in the process.
The Cuisinart Grind-and-Brew is an automatic coffee maker that can be programmed to make coffee whenever you want it to be ready. You might be thinking that your regular ol’ coffee pot already does this, but we’d be willing to bet that it doesn’t brew your coffee with fresh beans that it grinds itself. Just fill up the chamber with whole coffee beans, set the 24-hour clock to the time the coffee should start brewing, and wake up to freshly ground, freshly brewed coffee each day without even lifting a finger.