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April 13, 2020

5 Gadgets to Help You Sleep Better and Be Healthier

Sleep is essential to our health. If you aren’t able to get enough sleep or stay asleep throughout the night, you will soon pay the price in increased fatigue and decreased mental agility. Here are 5 gadgets to help you get to sleep on cue every single night.

Blue Light Filters

Our bodies have evolved to respond to changes in the amount and type of natural light available throughout the day, making us feel more tired or awake as appropriate. However, with so much artificial light around us today, our bodies can easily become confused. Studies have shown that the blue light emitted by electronic displays, for example, can impact our circadian rhythms and potentially disturb our sleep schedules.

It is, therefore, worth checking your electronic devices to see if they offer a blue light filter option. Most modern smartphones support this and enable you to automatically turn it on or off according to a custom schedule. Some will even automatically adjust the filter according to the expected times for sunrise and sunset where you live.

Dreem Headband

This hi-tech headband utilizes EEG sensors in order to track your sleeping patterns. It will also monitor your heart rate and your rate of respiration throughout the night. You can use this data to establish objectively how well you are sleeping. If you are only getting low-quality sleep, you will soon begin to feel the effects. Many people don’t realize that their sleep is of a low-quality, especially as low-quality sleep can still be relatively long in duration.

Adaptive Sound Technologies LectroFan White Noise Sound Machine

Lots of people are convinced that they can’t get to sleep without the assistance of some background noise. However, having the TV playing all night long presents its own set of problems. Even listening to podcasts or music while you sleep can sometimes have the opposite effect and end up keeping you awake.

The LectroFan is a white noise generator that produces a gentle background of static to help distract your brain without being obtrusive. This makes it easier for the user to switch off and drift off to sleep.

A Good Mattress

While most people don't typically think of a mattress when they think of sleeping technology, there is a surprising amount of science and technology in modern mattresses. Anyone who has experienced the joys of memory foam will know that going back to a regular mattress afterward is a rather uncomfortable experience.

Irrespective of the amount of technology that is in a mattress, it is possibly the most important factor in determining how comfortable your sleeping environment is and is, therefore, worth thinking about carefully before you commit to a particular option.

Needless to say, there are an enormous number of options for you to choose from, so it can be hard to know where to begin your search. We suggest you check this post as a starting point.

SomniLight Red LED Night Light

We already touched upon the importance of light to your body’s circadian rhythms - the wrong kind of light makes it much harder to get a good night’s sleep. But some people need a light in their room, those who have a fear of the dark, for example. Other people find that if they wake up in the middle of the night and have to switch a light on, it can provide a nasty shock to the system. The SomniLight utilizes red LEDs to illuminate your bedroom with light that won’t interfere with your body’s natural state. Red light might not be very appealing visually, but research shows it is good for helping us fall asleep.

With the gadgets above on your side, getting a good night’s sleep every night is a breeze. If you are struggling with getting to sleep or staying asleep, it is worth considering whether a few strategic purchases could make all the difference.

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