Technology to Improve Your Quality of Sleep
Sleeping is one of the most crucial components of our lives. It affects how we feel, our energy levels, general health and overall quality of life. There have been a number of studies that show links between sleep deprivation and various diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, hypertension and diabetes. It’s therefore important that we balance our lives to get at least eight hours of sleep a night (as difficult as that may be) to maintain good health and overall wellbeing. Luckily there are a number of technologies, from apps to small pieces of hardware, that both help us fall asleep and improve the quality of that sleep.
A good mattress is crucial to maintain correct sleep posture and regulate body temperature during the night. At first glance this might not seem like anything technological, but, like the NASA technology used to create this bedsheet, the processes used in manufacturing a quality mattress require a large amount of design, prototyping and rigorous testing. This is especially important when it comes to premium memory foam mattresses. For example, the mattresses from Eve are comprised of a multiple layers, together providing a combination of support, breathability, and comfort. What seems like a simple mattress is actually the result of sophisticated technology, allowing you to sleep in better comfort.
The Withings Aura is a smart alarm clock that monitors your sleep environment and adjusts it to provide an optimal space for you to rest. This includes noise pollution, room temperature and the light level. It uses specific shades of light and soothing frequencies that match your body’s circadian rhythms to ensure you wake up at the correct time and in the correct way. The Aura contains a sensor placed under your mattress to monitor sleep patterns, breathing, heartrate and the movements of your body. This data is collected and displayed visually on an accompanying app and can be used to analyze your sleep patterns for better sleep in the future.
Sleep Cycle App
The Sleep Cycle alarm clock is an app that can be installed on both Android and iPhone devices. If using an iPhone, you can simply place your phone on your bed stand and its accelerometer and microphone will monitor your sleep movements. For an Android device, you have to place it on your bed. The app tracks your movements while you sleep and recognizes the optimal time at which you should wake to feel the most refreshed and rested, at which point it will wake you up during your lightest sleeping phase.