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Can Technology Really Improve Your Sleep?

01st Mar 2017 Inspiration & Lifestyle

Technology is firmly part of everyday life - from navigating public transport to counting our steps - so it’s no surprise that there has been a renewed push towards using technology to sleep better at night.

At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas, the future of sleep solutions were showcased to the world, and included smart beds, cooling mattress toppers and, of course, sleep monitors.

Kindred rounds up some of the weird and wonderful ideas that are aimed to make you dream of a better night’s sleep. Can we really use technology to sleep better?

The Smart Bed

Sleep Number’s 360 Smart Bed is estimated to cost around $6,000, but comes packed with features, that it says, are designed to give you the best chance of sleep.

They include warming your feet to help you fall asleep faster; sensing snoring before you do; and connecting with health trackers to understand your diet, exercise, and sleep temperature.

It also detects if you move during the night and adjusts to your frame, and even lets you know when it is time to call it a night.

'the world’s first heart rate variability enabled contactless sleep tracker’

The Sleep Dot

Created by Sleep Ace, the Sleep Dot attaches to the pillow, rather than having to be secured to you. It sends information about your sleep to a smartphone, such as how much you move during the night, and the cycles of sleep you go through.

Nox Sleep Light

Also by Sleep Ace, the Nox Sleep Light is designed to monitor, track, and improve your sleep quality. It does this by using light and sound and adapting to your body clock.

According to Sleep Ace, ‘the light technology is designed to produce red wavelengths, which can raise the secretion of melatonin and delicate, soothing sounds are played to help you fall asleep easily.’ Once you have fallen asleep the connected Sleep Ace App will tell Nox to turn off.

Emfit QS

The Emfit QS (standing for Quantified Sleep) is billed as, ‘the world’s first heart rate variability enabled contactless sleep tracker.’ In other words, it is one of the few that doesn’t require a connected smartphone to collect data.

Placed under the mattress, it provides reports on stress, sleep quality, and physical recovery – an element that could appeal to any budding athlete. As with The Smart Bed, it will also tell you when it is time to go to sleep, ensuring you get the rest your body needs.

Kryo Sleep Performance System

Funded by an Indiegogo campaign, the Kryo Sleep Performance System has raised nearly $200,000 of support. It is essentially a mattress topper that can cool you down to optimum sleep temperature (16 degrees celsius).

By connecting through a smartphone it can analyse your individual optimum temperature, which, according to the creators, can bring health benefits such as weight-loss and helping you to think more clearly. Shipping in 2017 it is estimated to cost $299.

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