On Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 a.m. your local time, we'll leave daylight saving time. That means shorter days, longer nights and the sun setting as you leave the office.
Any time change can mess with your sleep and affect your mood, but the end of daylights saving time can be particularly hard. If you're anything like me, the early sunsets can make you feel down and make your brain think it's time for bed at 7 p.m.
However, now more than ever, technology offers ways to make this dark time of year a little bit brighter. Here are five ways to prepare for the end of DST and make the transition smoother.
Turn your clocks back
Anything that's connected to the internet -- your phone,, , -- should automatically set its clock back an hour. For all the other clocks in your life, you know the drill; set them back an hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.
It's still a good idea to double-check that everything switched time smoothly, so do a quick audit on Sunday morning.
Set lights to come on when you get home
For me, the worst part of DST ending is coming home to a dark house. I hate fumbling with my keys in the dark and my home just feels less welcoming.
One solution is toat a specific time. However, because I don't always come home at the same time everyday, the easiest solution is to have my smart lights turn on when I arrive.
Usingand the accompanying Hue app, my lamps turn on as soon as I turn down my block. Even better, this only triggers after sunset, so the lights won't come on during daylight hours.
There are several ways to do this, as we outlined in our guide to.
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Consider a light therapy lamp
Always consult with your doctor before starting a new treatment, but in the meantime you can learn about the.
Check on your smart home routines
If you have any Alexa or Google Home routines that run on a set schedule, consider making adjustments for the shorter days.
For example, if you have a routine that turns on the lights and adjusts the thermostat to kick on the heat at 6 p.m., you might want to adjust the time so your house is warm and well lit as the sun goes down.
Switch your ceiling fan
Did you know your? The direction it turns can have a big impact on the temperature of your room.
As weather gets colder,on the side of the fan's motor housing. This will force cold air up and push warm air that settles near the ceiling down into the room.
Any while you're at it,, too.