We all feel better after a good night’s rest, but most of us do not manage to get a full night’s sleep as often as we should. Everything from stress, to an uncomfortable mattress, and noisy neighbors can keep us up. Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t just about getting beauty rest. Regular poor sleep can put you at risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity and it can shorten your life expectancy. But what can you do to make sure you get better sleep? This year, sleep technology could help you get some much-needed rest.
You’re exhausted from a full day of work, cleaning, and a million other neverending day-to-day battles. But even when you lay down to sleep you can’t turn off your brain. Wearing a de-stressing headband to sleep could help you clear your mind and drift off to sleep much faster. These headbands use digital cues that help disengage those busy thoughts that keep you awake. Destressing headbands also detect brain activity changes so that if you wake during the night it can help you get back to sleep.
Hi-Tech Mattress and Bed Frame
It is almost impossible to get a good night’s sleep on an uncomfortable mattress. But using a smart mattress will take your sleep from just okay to the best sleep you’ve ever heard. Smart mattresses aren’t just comfortable, they are adaptive. With smart interactive suspension, a smart bed can monitor your body and adjust its firmness so that every part of your body is supported while you sleep. Smart beds are also temperature controlled for those that suffer from nighttime hot flashes or simply prefer a colder sleep environment.
In addition to a hi-tech mattress, you can include an adjustable bed frame into your smart sleep technology. Adjustable bed frames are not brand new to sleep technology but they are becoming more adaptable and user-friendly. You can raise your head, feet, or both with a simple voice command. If you don’t want to talk to your bedroom you can also adjust your beds’ position using your connected app. Some smart bed frames have different sleep positions such as anti-snore, flat, memory, or even zero gravity. Other smart bed frames feature massage motors and underbed night lights.
Falling asleep or staying asleep with a partner that snores can be impossible. Enter sleep earbuds. Noise-canceling earbuds are much more comfortable than noise-canceling headphones that are too bulky to wear comfortably at night. Plus smart earbuds come with preloaded sleep sounds and have a long 10 hours of battery life.
Coffee Alarm Clocks
Yes, you read that correctly. An alarm clock that doubles as a coffee machine. Instead of a blaring alarm to wake you, why not let the smell of freshly brewed coffee slowly pull you from your slumber? Smart coffee machines start brewing a fresh cup of coffee or tea at a set time. It also has a small mini refrigerator where you can keep milk and creamer.
While you are waking up to the smell of fresh coffee, you can slowly prepare for the day with lights that mimic the effect of a sunrise. Smart wake-up lights start off just like the first soft rays of sun over the horizon. Gradually, the light will increase in intensity and within 30 minutes of waking up, you will have a room full of warm sunny light. Smart lighting is a great addition to your home since home automation continues to grow in popularity.
Air Quality Technology
Though not a direct sleep technology, air quality technology is a big addition to a good night’s sleep. Air quality sensors can be added to your home and controlled through a smart hub that mounts to your wall. They will detect high levels of everything from CO2 to radon in your air. They will also monitor the moisture levels and notify you of changes in air quality. You can add in air purifiers and humidifiers if needed, both of which will help you get a better night’s sleep. Air quality technology is a home technology trend that is on the rise and could eventually help you sell your house.
In the coming years, sleep technology is going to continue to rise in popularity and advancements. Just as technology has assisted us in communicating, working out, and even cooking, it will help us get a better night’s sleep which will lead to overall better health.