What do hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity have in common? They’re all chronic conditions brought on by lack of quality sleep. In fact, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently declared sleep deficiency a public health problem.
Fortunately, various technologies on the market can help get rid of insomnia or improve the overall quality of sleep.
Below is a list of the best 13 technologies for improving your sleeping life.
Aura is a device that emits melatonin-inducing orange light for impersonating your body’s circadian rhythm. It also records your sleep surroundings (e.g., sleep duration, room temperature, respiratory rate, movement, and light level) for troubleshooting sleep patterns. The technology is also contactless: the sensor stays under the mattress to screen your sleep patterns, breathing cycles, body movements, and heart rate over wifi and Bluetooth. Sleeping details and historical data can be accessed on the included iOS/Android app.
Resmed S+ monitors the way you sleep to determine the overall quality of the sleeping session. It collects data on your REM (rapid eye movement) and measures/analyzes light, temperature, and noise level in your bedroom during sleep. The tool also gives daily sleep scores and charts to better understand your sleep patterns and syncs with your tablet or smartphone.
Like the Resmed S+, Eight both records your sleep patterns statistics and integrates with other smart devices like Nest thermostats to automatically change your environment’s conditions for better sleep.
Beddit tracks data regarding your heart rate, movements, snoring, and bodily micro-movements during sleep. It also offers personalized daily tips on how to improve your daily sleeping life and analyses of your sleep sessions. Data can be shared and accessed from your smartphone or Apple Watch over Bluetooth.
When worn during sleep, Ray measures and records the amount and quality of slumber. The device sports a replaceable, long-life battery (purportedly lasting up to 6 months) and is worn like a wristband or bracelet. Data can be viewed and accessed via the iOS/Android app via Bluetooth.
Sleep Shepherd monitors your brainwaves using electroencephalograms (EEG) while you sleep. The device produces sleep-inducing pulses (i.e., binaural beats) that also help to wake you as alarm time approaches.
Sense Sleep Tracker consists of a small device that sits at your bedside and a so-called “Sleep Pill” inserted inside your pillowcase. It tracks noise, lighting, and other environmental details during sleep and provides analysis of personal sleep quality through its smartphone app over wifi or Bluetooth.
RestOn is a non-wearable sleep tracking device. The sensor band is placed under your sheets to analyze and silently measure heart rate, sleep cycle, body movement, and respiratory rate. It offers daily advice on how to improve the quality of sleep and—using Bluetooth sync—enables smartphone-accessible, real-time statistics regarding your sleeping life.
This offering consists of a bed with a sleep tracking device for recording your heart/breathing rate, movements, and more. The bed’s sensors transmit data over Bluetooth or wifi to the included iOS/Android app for later analysis. The bed also allows you set how firm or soft you want your bed to be (e.g., your “sleep number”).
Remee is a sleep mask for increasing the frequency and quality of your lucid dreams. A low-profile microchip hidden inside the mask triggers a series of simple LEDs when REM activity is detected, alerting you of your current REM/lucid dream state.
Pillow is essentially a sleep-tracking alarm clock. It makes it easier to track and make improvements on the quality of your sleep. The app also offers tips on how to improve your sleep.
Neuroon is a sleep mask that collects data about your slumber session when you’re asleep. Some noteable features includ a jet lag blocker, biorhythm adjuster, and advanced sleep analytics, among others.
A simple-but-effective app, mySleepButton will gently put you to sleep or wake you up based on your preferences. The app will even read some words to get you asleep faster.
Scientists have now inextricably linked quality sleep with good health; unfortunately, today’s culture of always-on connectivity can make achieving quality shut-eye a challenge. These 13 technologies help to ensure that every precious minute of rest is accounted for.