Scientifically speaking, an average adult needs roughly 7 to 9 hours of sleep. But, let’s be real, who has the time to get that kind of shut-eye. Recent surveys have shown that fewer millennials are spending time getting in their winks, while endlessly scrolling through social media is partly to blame, so are the pressures of punching in those mandatory hours at work. And with busy lifestyles, you wouldn’t want to be caught snoozing at work. So, when you do manage to get those precious hours of sleep, they should be completely undisturbed. That’s where sleep-tech comes into play. The next time your night hours are fewer than your day hours, try out these new gadgets that will help you sleep like a baby.
1. ReST Bed
Let’s start things off with a smart bed, because a nice lie-down, can change everything. Why should you go for smart bed instead of getting a regular wooden frame? For starters, ReST comes with a smart-sensor technology that can create a body-pressure map, which makes the bed adapt itself according to your body profile. Still confused? The bed basically helps you release your body stress by adjusting to the 5 zones in your body. So, suppose you shift your posture mid-sleep, the bed ensures that you are still super comfy.
Lights are made wind down and nod off. With three different modes, the warm light tricks your mind into relaxing and easing into sleep mode, as you go about your nightly activities like reading or listening to music. The soft light mode sends you to dreamland and the third mode helps you wake up to gentle light instead of being exposed to harsh sun rays.
3. Smart Duvet
Do you struggle with sleeping next to your partner when they prefer the cold and you like it warm? Or it could be vice-versa, but the point is now you don’t have to remain disgruntled and compromise on whether the air conditioner should be turned on or off because the Smart Duvet takes care of it. No, you don’t have to give your bedroom a complete overhaul because the Smart Duvet can easily work with your regular bedding. Unlike other duvets, this turns your bed into a dual-zone climate controlled furniture with the help of its temperature control feature. So, you can cosy up in your warm bed, while your partner enjoys all the bliss of being in arctic haven.
Yeah, that’s one funky looking headband but it does the job of getting you through your sleep time. With this hi-tech sleep headband, you don’t have to let your gruelling lifestyle come in the way of getting rest. Synced with the SleepMapper app, the headband tracks your sleep stats and regulates your shut-eye pattern throughout the night. Once your body enters the ‘slow-wave sleep’ phase, the headband triggers very low audio notes to uplift these waves to improve your sleep quality.
Did you know that some people listen to whale-mating calls to go to sleep? Yeah, that’s kinda freaky but it’s not the only sound that will put you to sleep (or not). Having made considerable strides in tech, Bose’s Noise-masking sleep buds are new in line for sleep tech and are made specifically for people who find it difficult to go to sleep without some auditory help. But that doesn’t mean these buds will rock you to sleep with lullabies. Pre-loaded with soothing tunes, they mask the outside sounds so that you can sleep without any disturbance. We nominate this as the best earbuds when you want to drown out the high-pitched decibels of crying babies on a long flight.
Called the SleepTuner, Beddr, which is a wearable sleep tracking device is equipped with an optical sensor and accelerometer that measures your blood oxygen level and other sleep stats. Its unique feature is that it even captures intervals when you stop breathing for a bit. Besides these uber-cool features, the main idea is to keep track of your sleep cycle and ensure that your time in bed remains peaceful and undisturbed. This is one sleep tech gadget that looks straight out of an episode of Black Mirror and we are intrigued.
Stress, pressure and personal problems are the main reasons for sleep deprivation in today’s time, and one of the key ways to work through that is meditation. But what do you do when you barely have any time to sit in one place quietly and just breathe? You whip out the king of all sleep masks, the Dreamlight Pro. Just pop this on your face right before going to bed and it will take care of the rest. It comes with sleep-aid audio and lighting to generate sleep and can even make your jet lag go away. If that isn’t magic, we don’t know what is.
8. Smart Nora
If your partner is a snorer, then we feel your pain. That sound can get on anyone’s nerves. But there’s a way to beat that too. The newest gadget in the market to take care of all that snoring is the Smart Nora. As soon as it hears the first snore, the Smart Nora activates the pillow it’s attached to and gently moves it without waking the person. The motion helps in stimulating the person’s throat muscles to make the snoring stop, and you can sleep while enjoying the sound of silence.