We all struggle to get adequate sleep at night, a critical aspect of our daily routine that boosts mental and physical health. This has resulted partly due to our evolving society that promotes long working hours and a stress-inducing lifestyle. In fact, studies have shown that one-third of Americans get less than six hours of sleep at night. Medical health professionals claim that an adult should sleep for 7-9 hours on an average every day. Not meeting this quota, either on a short-term or long-term basis, can have an adverse effect on our well-being. In the short term, it may take a toll on our mood, energy, mental sharpness, and productivity. The effects are far more detrimental on the long-term – resulting in weight gain, mental disorders, and heart failure. Thankfully, technological advancements have come up with a few high-end gadgets that can ensure you receive sound sleep in the dedicated time period. The $41 billion dollar market promises more and higher-quality sleep to its customers.
The conditions in which we sleep is crucial to the overall quality of sleep itself. Smart-Beds takes our sleeping preferences into account and helps personalize the platform in which we slumber. This feature may come as a whole bed or as a mattress topper that turns any normal bed into a ‘smart’ bed. Its main feature controls the temperature of the bed by the steady flow of air underneath the sheets. Smart-Pillows are another gadget that adjusts the height of our head as per requirement. Some of them are also fitted with an anti-snoring mechanism that detects snores and uses airbags to lift the head and stop a person from snoring. These gadgets also monitor our heart rates and movements during sleep in order to analyze sleep patterns.
Many people are more sensitive to noises than others, and it may cause disruptions during their sleep. Devices that play soothing ambient noises are available in the market. Such devices tend to draw out distracting noises that may arise at night and helps a noise-sensitive person receive high-quality sleep at night.
Waking up from sleep is also a crucial element that determines our energy level in the morning. Studies have indicated that people waking up during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep is more prone to feel tired than waking up during Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep. Gadgets that analyze sleeping patterns use the data to estimate sleeping cycles and wakes a sleeping person up during their NREM sleep. Traditional methods of waking up, like alarms, have also been replaced by gadgets that give out a gentle waft of scent or flash nascent lights onto the room. Some Smart-Pillows are also equipped with a mechanism that subtlety vibrates to wake someone up.
Taking a nap during the day is also vital as it rejuvenates the body clock. As it becomes difficult to nap in a noisy environment, i.e. at work or during a commute, gadgets resembling face-masks are available in the market. It not only blocks out light but also plays ambient music that helps its user take a nap in a busy environment.
Other than these gadgets, some simple changes in our routine are also important to ensure a good night’s sleep. It’s advisable to turn off our electronic devices half-an-hour before sleep, as they emit blue light that suppresses melatonin, an essential neurochemical for sleeping. In the modern age, it’s of utmost importance to get adequate sleep in the face of stress and other distractions. These gadgets not only help us sleep during hot nights and with a snoring partner, but also helps us avoid sluggish mornings and tiring travels.