20 Gadgets Designed to Help You Sleep BetterCarl SchwabLifestyleTechnology0 Comments 2 www.naturesoundspa.com Getting an adequate amount of sleep is vital for your mental and physical health, as well as your happiness. But actually getting a solid night’s rest isn’t as easy as it sounds. Daily stresses and a wandering mind can make falling to sleep extremely difficult. In the United States alone, scientists estimate roughly 60 million Americans struggle with insomnia. As technology has advanced, our ability to “turn off” at the end of a day has become more difficult. Staring at computer and phone screens all day tires our eyes but wakes our brains up, and although it is tempting to look at our phones right before bed, we would do well without it. Our phones, computers and energy-efficient light bulbs all emit blue light, which is harmful to your health. Our circadian rhythm is what makes us (usually) want to sleep during the night and be awake during the day. Most people run on a close to 24 hour cycle. Unfortunately, blue light significantly impacts our circadian rhythms, making sleep much more difficult. Add in the hustle and bustle all around us, bright lights, and general body discomfort, and it’s amazing we can sleep at all, let alone get an actual night of peace and dreams. There are natural ways to help yourself sleep better. Limiting your caffeine intake, stretching before you go to bed, and even eating a light dinner can all help you catch more Zzzs. But sometimes, even though you try hard to follow all of the steps to get a restful night of sleep, it just seems impossible. Learning your sleep habits can make all the difference. We know, you’re thinking, “who has time to track their sleep?” Well, the one great thing about technology is it allows us to do so much more than keep us up at night. Thanks to the beauty of modern technology, there are lots of sleep systems out on the market that can help you understand how you sleep and help train you to start sleeping better. To give you an idea of the variety of items that exist, here are 20 gadgets that will help you catch more Zzzs as early as tonight. 20. The Ario www.arioliving.com Nothing is worse than getting up before the sun and being jolted awake by your harsh, bright bedroom light. The Ario, a Wi-Fi connected lamp, mimics the light of the sun and supports your internal body clock to prevent the abrupt wakeup you become accustom to with normal alarm clocks that blast music or beeps. Not only does the lamp learn the patterns in your daily schedule in order to provide soft, natural lighting according to your needs, it also helps to trigger cortisol, the hormone that helps you manage stress, and melatonin, which helps control your sleep and wake cycle. With the flip of a switch, or slide of your smartphone, you’ll be sleeping more soundly and comfortably thanks to Ario. 19. Sleep Cycle App www.sleepcycle.com While there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of sleep apps out there, Sleep Cycle happens to be the number one rated sleep app in the US. At this point, we’re sure you’ve heard of apps that track your sleep, but in case you haven’t, here’s how it works. To begin monitoring your sleep, download the app, lay your phone on your nightstand closest to where you sleep, and wake to sleep graphs that evaluate how your slumber went. The Sleep Cycle app listens to your movement throughout the night using your device’s built-in microphone. It then identifies when you’ve hit a specific stage of sleep (light to REM) and wakes you during your lightest sleep. Once waking up in the morning starts to feel easier, you’re sure to be hooked! 18. Neuroon www.thegadgetflow.com Another long flight for work in your near future? Don’t take off without this intelligent sleep mask. Neuroon, a major upgrade for the sleep masks of the 20th century, offers advanced smart technology that measures your brain waves, body temperature, heart rate, and movement. The mask collects data on your sleeping habits and suggests ways to help you sleep better. The device syncs directly to your smartphone and provides a detailed report on how you can sleep longer and smarter. Before you jet off to your next big meeting, do yourself a favor and plan for some quality shut eye. An adequate amount of sleep will make all the difference when you walk in confidently to seal the deal! 17. Withings Aura www.werd.com If you can’t get up without the help of an alarm clock and you love Spotify, then do we have the perfect product for you! Withings Aura is a high-tech alarm clock that doubles as a lamp. Featuring an optimized LED light, the device evokes sleep hormones so you can drift off faster. Using an environmental sensor system, the Aura tracks the sound levels, lighting, and temperature in your sleep space to minimize distractions that may wake you. It also features a USB port so you can wake up to your favorite Spotify playlist and charge your phone while you sleep… talk about a win-win! Isn’t it time you felt rested again without missing a beat in your daily routine? 16. Remee www.sleepwithremee.com Have you ever wondered what I’d be like to control your dreams? How cool would it be to wake up within your REM stage, the deepest stage of your sleep cycle, and dictate what you do in your dreams. Ever since the release of “Inception” in 2010, the sci-fi thriller where Leonardo DiCaprio and his “dream” team could control their actions within the REM stage, people have been looking for ways to experience lucid dreaming. If you’re one of those people, look no further. The Remee sleep mask promises to do just that. Funded by Kickstarter in 2012, this dreaming mask uses a mini circuit board and LED timed red lights to subconsciously wake you in your REM stage. With a little effort on your part to track your sleeping cycle, you’ll be aware and in control of your dreams in no time. 15. Misfit Beddit www.pixelhealth.net Do you find it uncomfortable to wear a sleep tracking device to bed? If watches and sleep masks aren’t your thing, try something a little less invasive gadget like the Misfit Beddit Smart Sleep Monitor. Beddit’s thin sensor system straps directly onto your mattress and won’t bother you while you sleep. Attach the device at chest level and let it do its thing. Beddit tracks your sleep, breathing, and pulse and formulates your SleepScore around these three components. When you know how you slept, you can plan your day accordingly. 14. Brookstone Bed Fan www.manofmany.com You remove the top blanket, stick a leg out from under your sheets, but still can’t get cool enough. Nothing’s worse than not being able to sleep because it’s too hot! Fortunately, the smart designers at Brookstone have created a wireless remote fan to prevent the dreaded night sweats. Simply slip the sleek fan, which is shaped like the contours of a bedframe, between the layers of your top and bottom sheets. Using the wireless remote, adjust the fan to your desired setting and drift into la-la land as it evenly circulates airflow across your body, keeping you cool and comfortable all night long. 13. Oura Ring www.ouraring.com The Oura ring is one of the smallest, and most stylish lifestyle tracking devices out on the market. Picking up your pulse with a ring-sized wellness computer, the Oura ring detects how your body recharges at night. By providing insights on the way you sleep, Oura helps you to adjust your daily behavior and activities for a more balanced routine. Forget feeling overly fatigued and having to manage a hectic schedule, use Oura to decide which parts of your day will stay and go so you prevent mental exhaustion. 12. FitBit Flex www.fitbit.com Remembering to manually journal your health and fitness habits often feels impossible and is definitely a task that gets filtered to the bottom of your to-do list. However, if keeping a well-balanced lifestyle is important to you, consider trying something a little more hands-free. Co tracks your sleep, exercise, and even offers options on its app to input what you’ve eaten. Rather than waking up to the irritating wail of your smart phone alarm (you know the one), be gently woken by the soft buzz of the Flex. Check the smart phone synced app daily to monitor how long you sit versus how often you move, as well as how well you sleep each night. After wearing this band for as little as a week, you’ll be surprised at how much it truly influences your daily choices (i.e. taking the stairs over the elevator). 11. Marpac Sound Machine www.marpac.com Sound greatly affects the way you sleep. Whether you live close to a busy street or an apartment over from someone who watches loud TV late at night, the slightest noise can wake you from a deep sleep. Research shows that the best sleep takes place when sound falls under 30dB (decibels) and that anything over this number, even subtle noises like bird chirps and whispering voices, can disrupt your sleep. The Marpac Sound Machine blocks out external disturbances with white noise. Yes, you heard right, white noise—that sound the TV made when the satellite couldn’t pick up the channel’s signal. Sound machines are the perfect solution for people living in cities or with snoring partners. They emit consistent, soothing noises, often in a variety of sounds along with white noise, to help you tune in to sleep mode and tune out the rest of the world. 10. LIFX www.modernconsumer.com When energy efficient meets sleep efficient, magic ensues. LIFX lights are the smart lights of the future. These Wi-Fi connected LED bulbs allow you to improve your concentration, relaxation, and sleep at your fingertips. Science has found that colors impacts our focus, comfort, and rest. The fluorescent and traditional LED lighting that we are often exposed to can actual contribute to concentration and sleep problems. The LIFX bulbs offer an array of color options, so you can match the right color, wavelength and intensity to your environmental needs. Swap out those inefficient incandescent bulbs and say hello to better lighting and better sleep. 9. Phillips Wake-Up Light www.wakeuptothesunriselight.com Are you guilty of hitting the snooze several times each morning before committing to waking up? Each time you hit snooze, you have to eliminate one step in your morning routine in order to make it out the door on time. Opt for being peacefully woken up from your slumber, rather than a jarring ring-tone, by investing in a Phillips Wake-up Light. This light system works by simulating the sunrise. Brightness of the glow and volume of the sound increase overtime, starting thirty minutes before the time you set on your alarm. A gradual wakeup makes for a happier, more refreshed you. So, forget your usual Starbucks run…okay, maybe only go for one cup in the morning instead of two. 8. JawBone UP3 www.jawbone.com The Jawbone UP brand is arguably one of the best wristband products in the lifestyle tracking space. It’s lightweight, comfortable, and links with a variety of other apps, not just theirs. Within the line of UP wristbands is the Jawbone UP3, one of the company’s most responsive bands that motivates you to stay on track by day and by night. One of the newest features of the UP3 allows the band to know when you’re falling asleep, so you don’t have to remember to switch over to sleep mode when your nodding off or back to wake mode when you get up. Does tracking your sleep patterns get any easier than that? 7. SHEEX Original Performance Sheets www.sheex.com Get ready for a whole new sleep experience when you crawl into the SHEEX Original Performance bed sheets. These breathable, silky soft sheets are designed to provide optimal comfort and high quality sleep. They’ll definitely have you dreaming about your next slumber all day long. 6. Tuft & Needle Mattress www.tuftandneedle.com While new technology and gadgets are cool, the core of a goodnight’s sleep comes down to your mattress. Engineered to support sleepers of every size and shape, Tuft & Needle has created a unique, adaptive foam that offers the perfect combination of comfort and support. Aside from the great price, you’ll be amazed at how the mattress works. Simply unroll the thin, compressed mattress onto your bedframe, cut away the layer of plastic, and watch in awe as it expands into the thickness of a normal mattress. It’s awesome! 5. Chrona Pillow www.mikeshouts.com No need to get rid of your favorite, broken-in pillow, just upgrade it with the Chrona pillow insert. This smart pillow gives you the extra boost you need for a deep, sound sleep. By emanating low-frequency sounds, Chrona helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. However, the Chrona doesn’t focus on getting you to sleep longer. Its purpose is to help you sleep smarter so you feel more energized and refreshed as you take on the day ahead. 4. FlipFlic Smart Blinds https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flipflic-makes-window-blinds-smart- gadget#/ You shut off your bedroom light, crawled into bed, got cozy under your blankets, and have fallen fast to sleep…only you forgot one major detail, to close the blinds! Expect to be woken up at the crack of dawn, literally. With so much to do during your nightly routine, why worry about remembering this tedious task? With FlipFlic blinds technology, you’ll never have to worry about them again! This wireless integration sensor system automatically responds to the changing light and temperature outside and opens or closes your shades accordingly. Next time you forget to close your blinds and the sun starts to rise, you won’t have to. These smart blinds with keep the sun out so you can catch a few extra Zzzs. 3. Nest Thermostat www.nest.com With such a busy day-to-day schedule, remembering to set and schedule your thermostat to match your bedtime just sounds tedious. Nest, however, takes on the task of learning your routine and regulating your indoor temperature for you by simply taking note of when you adjust your home’s temperature setting. Talk about efficient! It also syncs up to your smartphone so you have complete control over the feel of your home should you wake up too hot or too cold. Those monthly electric bills you dread won’t look nearly as bad once you put this energy and money saving product to use. 2. BedPhones www.bedphones.com The idea of drifting off to your favorite mellow tunes sounds soothing. But if you’ve ever tried wearing headphones to bed, then you know just how painful it is and how difficult it can be to find a semi-comfortable sleeping position. Fear no more music lover, Bedphones are the answer. Featuring flat, foam-covered ear buds and rubber memory wires that wrap around your ear, you’ll sleep deeply without the pain or annoyance of traditional earbuds. These headphones are also easy to pack and take with you. So, no matter where your sleep takes you, keep a pair on hand for the ultimate bedtime musical experience. 1. SleepShield Accessory Blue Light Blocking Screen www.sleepshield.com We’re all guilty of getting sucked into the digital world before bed, and even though you should try to avoid them before bed, sometimes it is impossible. For those moments, grab SleepShield. SleepShield’s Blue Blocking Screens for your tech accessories, allow you to stay up-to-date on the latest social media happenings without preventing you from catching some shuteye – it’s amazing! So go ahead and watch that viral video on Facebook before laying your head on that pillow. With this handy little gadget, screen time can no longer keep you awake!