Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for health, but so many of us have a hard time shutting down and turning off our brains when it’s time to go to sleep. Work, raising kids, worrying about bills, all of these things can make getting a restful sleep near impossible. Fortunately, sleep tech is here to help. Sleep gadgets can help monitor your sleep cycles, fall asleep faster, and improve quality of sleep so you can wake up well rested. In no particular order, here are our top picks for gadgets to help you get a better night’s sleep:
Fitness Trackers Double as Sleep Trackers
Many fitness trackers available today also include a sleep tracker. Both Jawbone Up and Fitbit offer a variety of wearable trackers to help monitor both fitness and sleep. Jawbone Up and Fitbit trackers help you analyze your sleeping habits by collecting data such as time spent in deep sleep, light sleep, and total time spent sleeping. By looking for patterns in your sleep, Jawbone UP can help you set your alarm for times when you’re in light sleep, making it easier to get up and at ’em.
Withings Aura is another type of sleep tracker, but rather than wearing a device around your wrist, you place the monitor under your mattress. It reads heart rate, breathing, and movement to help pinpoint issues you may be having with getting a good night’s sleep. The Withings Aura system also includes an ambient light, which is much more than just a light as it is also an alarm clock and monitors changes in temperature and other environmental factors, which could be interrupting your sleep.
There are a variety of smartphone apps for iOS and Android devices to help you get a full night’s rest. Sleep Genius app is available for both iOS and Android and can be combined with the Sleep Genius line of headphones, speakers, and other gadgets to help you get more quality out of your sleep. Sleep Genius was developed with experts in the fields of sleep and neuroscience to help users fall asleep as quickly as possible.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is another app that can help you improve your quality of sleep. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock will analyze your sleeping habits simply by leaving your iPhone by your head, either on your pillow or nightstand, while you sleep. Through monitoring movement, the app can be set to wake you during light sleep to avoid feeling groggy when you get out of bed.
Philips Hue Glo
Waking up naturally helps us feel more rested. One way our bodies know it’s time to wake up is from ambient light. The portable Philips Hue Glo helps recreate the natural look of daylight, gradually becoming brighter, to help you wake up naturally instead of having a mini heart attack every time your alarm clock goes off.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
If your partner’s loud snoring, raucous neighbors, or sounds of the city keep waking you up, noise cancelling headphones can help shut out the outside world and allow you to finally get some much needed zzz’s. Manufacturers like Sony carry a variety of noise cancelling headphones which can cancel out noise to varying degrees, so you can pick just how quiet you want your night to be. As an added bonus, many noise cancelling headphones have padded earpieces, making them completely comfortable for use while sleeping. It’s like wrapping your ears in a cozy hug.
SleepShield Blue Light Blockers
So many of us are guilty of playing with our smartphones or tablet devices before bed, but staring at these illuminated screens before bed can make it harder for us to fall asleep. Blue light rays from these screens may actually stimulate the brain, making it difficult to shut down for the night. SleepShield anti-blue light screen protectors help block blue light so you can enjoy reading on your tablet or taking one last look at Facebook before going to bed without sending your brain into overdrive.
If you like to fall asleep listening to music or podcasts but don’t want to wake up your partner, the Dreampad pillow may be just what you’ve been looking for. The Dreampad pillow connects to your smartphone, tablet, or mp3 player, sending vibrations directly to the ear to help stimulate the body’s relaxation response and deliver sound only to the person using the pillow.
Why Worry About Lack of Sleep?
Not getting enough sleep can have major repercussions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), as many as 1 in 3 adults are not getting enough sleep. This is concerning as the CDC also states that not sleeping at least 7 hours a night increases the risk of health issues, like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and stroke. A lack of sleep also impairs our ability to make good decisions, which can lead to car accidents or difficulty focusing.
As you can see, not getting enough sleep is something to be concerned about and, with the help of sleep tech, it’s something you can take steps to correct. Sleep gadgets can help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and improve the quality of your slumber so you can take on the day feeling good and energized. Which one will you choose?
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