New Gadgets Claim To Give You a Sound Sleep
Technology is improving day by day, and with the betterment of this technology, humans can perform the tasks with ease. Now, there are apps to work as your personal assistant to remind you to get hydrated hourly or how many calories you gain or lose or tracking your footsteps.
Gadgets have become an integral part of human life. From waking up in the morning to sleeping at night, every minute we use some or the other device to assist us or track our movements.
Sleep is considered necessary for the proper functioning of the body. From keeping a check on your appetite to lowering the blood pressure, everything is on track if we get a good eight hours of sleep. A recent study shows that sleep even protects our brain. Other than health perspective, proper sleep also increases the productivity and ability to enjoy life. There are a number of gadgets that can help us get more sleep.
Here is a list of such gadgets:
Lark is a sleep tracking wristband with a vibrating alarm clock. It is meant to wake even the heaviest sleepers with a gentle vibration. This band tracks your movements throughout the night and gives you a full report about the last night sleep that includes the quality of sleep, how long it took you to fall asleep, how many times you woke up in your sleep, etc. It also lets you set goals and set your reminders to keep you on track.
This app is developed by neuroscientists for astronauts. It goes beyond minute-by-minute metrics and helps you fall asleep. It uses the pink noise, i.e., random noise of low frequency and neurosensory algorithms to trigger a motion-induced sensation in your brain. It is just like a baby being rocked to sleep. The low-frequency noise and binaural beats ease you to a comfortable sleep.
As the name suggests, the device is designed such that it infuses a good night sleep into the person using it. As per the National Sleep Foundation, noises as low as 40 decibels and as high as 70 decibels doesn’t let a person sleep. Sound conditions are proven to promote sleep. The device uses sophisticated sound technology to induce healthy sleeping patterns in those who face trouble sleeping.
The Jawbone UP is a wristband meant to monitor the sleep cycles of the users. It tracks the quality of sleep whether it’s deep or light. It tracks how many times you woke up in the middle of the night. It wakes you up with gentle vibrations at the scheduled time. There are a variety of these fitness trackers by the company which includes UP, UP2, UP3, UP4, UP Move and UP 24. These updated versions make the device more and more advanced. UP 3.1 correlates your sleep to the food that you ate that day or the amount of exercise that you performed. There is a new UP Coffee app to track the caffeine intake of the user to demonstrate the impact of caffeine on sleeping patterns.
This smart sleep system by Withings helps you improve your sleep and wake up the experience by using a combination of sleep cycle analysis and environmental sensing. It comes with an easy to use mobile app.
The Sleep Sensor for the device slips under your mattress and monitors your sleep patterns and cycles throughout the night. This bedside device offers light and sound programs to help you fall asleep smoothly and wake up at the right time as per your sleep cycle. The app lets you visualise your sleep cycles, understand what wakes you up and when and compare sleep from different nights.
Good Night LED Bulbs:
Exposure to the artificial light suppresses the release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin and enhances alertness. Thus, disrupting the whole rhythm of the body, making it harder to fall asleep. The Good Night LED light bulb, developed for NASA astronauts on International Space Station, lets melatonin do its work by using half of the blue light in regular bulbs. Thus ensuring a good night sleep.
A smartwatch by Basis Science uses six sensors to measure the heart rate, skin electricity, sweat and temperature. The latest version also features a carbon steel band. The updated software breaks down your sleep patterns into a light and deep sleep. It analyses the quality of shut-eye that you are getting. It generates the reports on the data collected on sleep pattern, similar to the reports generated in sleep laboratories.
The sunglasses from BluBlocker use Amber glasses which are said to improve sleep. The gadgets such as laptops, palmtops, smartphones, tablets, etc. are the things of day to day usage, but they emit high concentrations of blue wavelength light. It is said that this light reduces the production of melatonin in the body. Amber lens help to shield the eyes from such rays and minimise the impact of these rays to give the user comfortable and sound sleep.
The screen protectors by Sleep Shield also help in shielding the eyes from the blue wavelength rays emitted from the devices such as smartphones, laptops, iPad. This would have the user to produce the right amount of sleep hormone, i.e., melatonin that will ensure the sound sleep for the user.
LIFX is a wifi enabled, multi-colour, energy efficient LED light bulb that can be controlled with a smartphone. The colours include light purple to slow your heart rate and relax, deep red to help you sleep, light orange to indicate the day that has started. It also lets you experience the natural process of waking up by slowing increasing the light at daytime and slowly dimming it during the night.
In the era of smart gadgets, why should the bed differ? Presenting Sleep number, it has a voice activated that integrates a sleep monitoring system into the mattress. It collects data on your breathing rate, movements, heart rate, etc. and sends it to the app where you can track everything. Other than this data, you can also track your habits that affect your sleep such as caffeine, exercises, TV, etc. It also suggests tips for the betterment of these things.