IT HAS BEEN A MONTH since we jumped forward, but if you’re still drinking extra coffee to cope, you’re not alone. Conserving daylight is always hard on our bodies, said Dr. Nicole Avena, an associate professor of neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, but Covid-19 has made the shift harder than usual. dr. Abhinav Singh, a doctor at the Indiana Sleep Center, says that about 40% of people have experienced sleeping problems, which he calls “coronomnia” during the pandemic. Working from home has disrupted our circadian signals for maintaining what Dr. Singh mentions a healthy sleep-wake rhythm (think: irregular meal and exercise times, reduced exposure to sunlight).
For those looking to get things back on track, several companies offer products that promise to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep more consistently, and wake up easier, improving overall sleep health. Genny Coleman, a 46-year-old surgery planner in Seattle who has struggled with insomnia since contracting Covid-19 last summer, recently tried one such product at the urging of a friend with a newborn: the Hatch Restore. Released in May 2020, it also doubles as a white noise machine to help you sleep and a sunrise alarm clock to wake you up with soft light and sound. “There are still a few nights left [I] may not sleep perfectly, but the Hatch certainly helps [me] to rest better,” said Mrs Coleman. Other new sleep solutions range from wearable patches to breathing robots. We tested the following seven.