Sleep technology is developing by leaps and bounds. There’s always something new on the market, some new discovery being made, or some new way to track and enhance our sleep.
Since every person needs 7-8 hours of sleep each night and some people find those hours hard to come by, each discovery means more sleepers and better health. Investing in your health is never, ever a bad idea. Here are some of the most exciting ways you can invest in your sleep in 2018.
Using the Apple Watch to Track Sleep Apnea
The Apple watch is useful in a lot of ways, and many wearers aren’t even interested in the heart rate sensor. However, a new study demonstrates its accuracy and usefulness beyond giving wearers an approximation of their heart rate when they’re working out. The watch, and other wearables with heart rate sensors, can detect sleep apnea with 90% accuracy. Since the disorder is underdiagnosed, this new use of the technology promises to help sleepers get better, and safer, sleep.
Beddit is a sleep sensor comprised of a thin rectangle that you place under your sheets. From there, it monitors your sleep, including different sleep stages, your heart rate, your respiration rate, and more. It has some of the best sensors on the market, and it even connects to your Nest to help tweak your environment for better sleep. You don’t have to turn it on every night, just go to bed and trust that it will be monitoring. It also connects to a medical records company, so you can upload your data and tell your doctor how you’re sleeping.
SleepScore Labs S+
The S+ is a sleep monitor that sits next to you, instead of under your sheets. It’s still highly accurate though, measuring all of the important data pertaining to your rest. In addition, it monitors your sleep environment, so you can correlate times of wakefulness or restlessness with changes there, too. Once your data is in, you will receive individualized sleep advice, approved by a sleep specialist, based on your trends.
If you struggle to fall asleep, 2Breathe will guide you through breathing exercises designed to lower your heart rate so you can rest. Simply wrap their sensor around your middle, then use the app to follow their guided breathing exercises. Use it for 10 minutes a day, and you could be sleeping significantly better within a few days.
Need to relax before you can catch some zzzzs? Do it the holistic way through meditation. NuCalm is one of a new generation of meditation systems that helps you relax, feel better, perform better, and sleep better. Place the device on your neck with a tiny amount of cream under it, put on an eye mask and headphones, and let the stress ooze away. You will need a doctor’s prescription to get a device, but that isn’t hard to obtain.
Muse utilizes a special set of headphones and an app to help you meditate better. It monitors the state of your brain and uses sound to help you attain and maintain calmness. The app allows you to track your progress, gain rewards, store your data, and more. If you struggle with stress and it interferes with your sleep, Muse can help you take control of your mind and rest more.
AcousticSheep has produced a comfortable pair of headphones that you can wear while sleeping. Most headphones are uncomfortable to wear lying down, get lost when you move at night, or have wires that tangle over the course of a night. These new headphones are encased in a soft fabric band, so they stay comfortable. You can purchase them wireless or wired, to meet all of your resting needs.
Soraa has developed a smart light bulb, Helia, that helps filter blue light as bedtime approaches. Since blue light can keep your brain from producing the melatonin that helps you fall asleep, this bulb could help you fall asleep faster. It has a patented sensor setup that assesses the light and light quality in your home and adapts accordingly. It also emits more blue light in the morning, to help you wake up faster.
Cooling Mattress Toppers
These mattress pads help keep you the right temperature for sleeping. For those who love to sleep on memory foam, this can be a lifesaver! Foam tends to sleep hot, but it’s also comfortable and offers superb spinal support. These toppers come in various forms. Some use water to cool your bed, others let you and a partner sleep at different temperatures, and some utilize fabric technology to keep your bed cool. Get more, deeper sleep with Kryo, Chili, Nacreous, and more.
Plug each of the two Nightingale units into plugs on opposite sides of the room, and the technology will produce sound that helps block all sorts of outside noise. Since blocking sound and sleeping with white noise or pink noise helps you sleep better, this device should help you fall asleep and stay asleep. You can choose from five different sounds, so there’s sure to be one that works for you.
Under Armour has developed its Recovery Sleepwear line to help you rest, recover faster from strenuous activity, and have lower inflammation. It absorbs your body heat and reflects far infrared rays back into your body. These promote all sorts of good things, culminating in helping you get a good night’s rest. It sounds crazy, but it already has one study backing up the technology.
No matter the reason that you sleep poorly, technology can help you improve your sleep. It can help you be more comfortable at night, block the sounds that keep you awake, change the type of light you experience, calm your mind, or give you the data you need to improve your sleep on your own. You don’t have to despair of ever getting that perfect night’s rest! Try something new until you find what works for you!