It has long been known that our addiction to technology is harming our sleep. Study after study has shown that the blue light emitted from our smartphones, laptops and tablets interferes with our circadian rhythms by disrupting the way our body produces melatonin, the hormone that regulates our body clock.
The chances of us weaning ourselves of our addiction to our smartphones seems unlikely. And while banning screens from the bedroom can have a big impact on how well we sleep there are a whole host of other factors from our daily life that can mean getting to sleep is a nightmare!
However, before you start cursing those in Silicon Valley for depriving you of your beauty sleep, technology might also be the answer to our sleep woes. Below are just 5 of the newest high-tech gadgets available that may help you put your sleep problems to bed.
- ‘it’ bed by Sleep Number
Marketed as being ‘smarter than the average bed’, the ‘it’ bed by Sleep Number is the future of beds – and best of all, it is already available today. The future has arrived!
Built-in sensors track your breathing, heart rate and movement as you sleep relaying the insights back to a handy smartphone app. The firmness of the mattress can be adjusted with a tap of you phone. Best of all if you share your ‘it’ bed with a loved one, both sides of the mattress can be controlled independently.
So if your partner likes it a little firmer at night, they can have it!
- Advansa iX21 Smart Pillow
If a smart bed is too much of an investment, the next step down is a smart pillow. If this tickles your fancy then the brainiacs over at Advansa have got you covered.
Just like the ‘it’ bed the iX21 Smart Pillow is fitted with electronic sensors that accurately track your sleep cycles, movements and even ambient noises in the room.
The data is sent to and analyzed by a nifty smartphone app which then gives you ‘personal coaching’ advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep.
Best yet the iX21 includes an intelligent alarm clock designed to monitor your sleep patterns and wake up at the best possible moment to prevent grogginess.
- AromaCare Oil Diffuser
Aromatherapy has been around for a long long time, and while the jury is still out on the scientific merits of using diffused fragrancies to promote calm and help sleep, some people swear by it.
If the scent of lavender, peppermint or eucalyptus floating through the air at night helps you sleep then the AromaCare is for you.
Using a process of ‘dry’ diffusion, this smart diffuser utilizes ready-mixed combinations of different oils it describes as being an ‘anxiolytic blend for a good night’s sleep’.
And of course, it connects to your smartphone. Well it would wouldn’t it!
With a dedicated app you can schedule your sessions to take place whenever you want, say for the middle of night when you often wake up.
- Someo Wake-up Light by Philips
The area of home light automation is developing rapidly and frankly for people who suffer from sleep problems, this technology can’t come quick enough.
A pitch black room is essential for truly getting a good night’s sleep. So black out blinds or thick curtains are a must. The problem then comes in the morning, when turning on the overhead light or whipping the curtains open to bright daylight, can be too harsh on the eyes. The Someo solves this problem.
The smart lamp aims to mimic a natural sunrise or sunset, gradually increasing or decreasing the intensity of the light it emits over a set period of time. Allowing you to fall asleep or wake in a more nature manner, as if you were out there sleeping in the great outdoors. Pure bliss.
Discover more about how light and other external influences can impact your sleep over at the Sleep Advisor blog.
- Athlete Recovery Sleepwear from Under Armour
I present to you, for want of a better phrase – smart pajamas!
The Athlete Recovery Sleepwear have been produced by the sportswear firm Under Armour with what they call ‘bioceramics’ imprinted into the fabric of the garments. This tech is reportedly able to absorb body heat and reflect back upon the wearer as far-infrared energy
There is a link between far-infrared energy and muscle recovery. So these pajamas actively promote muscle recovery in the wearer while they are sleeping. The same tech also supposedly promotes a longer, sounder sleep.
I can’t attest to the validity of these claims but superstar quarterback Tom Brady swears by them – donning a pair for bed, each and every night.