Sleep should come naturally to all of us in a perfect world. However, the world is far from perfect and there is little you can do about it but to learn how to cope or else succumb to illness. It’s even more challenging to do so this time around because the world is cluttered with one technology after the other that you end up with little time for sleeping soundly at night.
Most of the time, we think of technology as a distraction because it often is. But if you think about it, technology are merely tools and it’s how you use them that makes the difference whether it works for the good or bad. And it is true in every sense of the word with the number of individuals hooked to social media. Consequently, the bright blue light emitted by these smart gadgets is likewise bad for one’s health especially when you are exposed to it at night. But don’t despair yet because things are about to change with these cool gadgets that will surely work to your advantage. You can now sleep soundly at night and save yourself from all the tossing and turning until the wee hours of the morning that you were guilty of doing in the past.
Neuroon, the world’s first smart sleep mask. The device comprises two parts: the mask itself and the app that goes along with it. While you sleep, the mask uses sensors to gather data such as your pulse, temperature, and muscle movement. This information is fed to the app, which can track your sleep patterns, determine the best time for you to take a nap, and give you tips on how to improve your sleep.
LULLY SLEEP GUARDIAN 2
The Lully Sleep Guardian 2 can help stop these terrors before they start. The Bluetooth-enabled device is placed under the child’s mattress and programmed via an app to vibrate just before a night terror is expected to start (usually 2 to 3 hours after a child falls asleep).
Smart Nora is designed to help both snorers and the people who love/hate them get better sleep. When the smart device detects the initial sounds of snoring, it triggers a pump that inflates a pillow insert. This inflation raises the snorer’s head just enough to prompt the airway to assume its natural, non-snore-inducing position, but not so much as to disturb the snorer’s sleep. The result is a quieter, more restful night for everyone.
In the past year or so, various gadgets in aid of sleep have made their way to the consumer market mainly because there is a growing demand for it. Many people are suffering from poor sleep that in turn affects performance. It is why it is never a great idea to drive or operate heavy machinery when lacking in sleep because the drowsiness may cloud your better judgment and put your life (and health) at serious risk.
If you were going to design a smart bed this would be it. Sleep Number 360 pulls out all the tricks in the book when it comes to getting you getting you a good night’s sleep.
Cold feet? Sorted. The foot warmer at the base of the bed automatically comes on when you first get into bed.
Partner snoring? Got it covered. Sleep Number 360 detects when someone starts to snore and tilts their head upward to help clear their airways.
Is there anything more annoying than being too hot in bed? You toss and turn, have lucid dreams and wake up with the sheets wrapped around you.
Cue the Kyro Sleep Performance System. It’s a water-based mattress topper that cools your bed down during the night. Control it via the app and keep your bed a cool 16-degrees throughout the night.
It can also integrate with your sleep tracker to help you improve your REM and Deep Sleep. Currently still being crowdfunded on Indiegogo it should be ready to ship later this year.
Aside from your busy schedule and numerous interests, too much tech use disrupts your body’s circadian rhythm. A normal sleep-wake cycle allows the body to perform restorative biologic processes that often happens at night, so the body is in peak shape upon waking up the next day. Technology becomes your friend or foe depending on how you use it. Use it right and you won’t have a problem dozing off once the lights are out. But if you have already been diagnosed with a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, using the gadgets mentioned above, as well as this, can supplement the medical management prescribed by your doctor and ensure that sleep is now the least of your worries.