Getting a good night’s sleep comes naturally to many people and they’re asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow. However, there are many others out there who find sleeping a real struggle and could do with extra help. If that sounds like you then here are 5 great pieces of technology that can, in theory, help you get a little shut eye. While these apps will definitely help your sleep, you’ll need a solid base to work from. If your mattress is the cause of your sleeping woes, discover some new and alternative mattresses to make things right.
Sleep apps: Lark
Lark is your own personal sleep coach. Over time, it analyses your sleep patterns and cycles, giving you all sorts of stats and figures about how you’re sleeping, or not sleeping as the case may be. It will then give you coaching tips on how to improve your sleep, as well as various stats about things you do during the day, such as how much you’re working or exercising.
Lark doesn’t require any extra gadgets, using the data from your phone to interact and point you in the right direction. After 11 PM, that direction is straight to bed.
Kickstarter has become a really important way for inventors to fund their technology over the past few years and has helped American James Proud develop Sense, a sleep monitoring device that surreptitiously works out how well you’re sleeping.
Clearly people are passionate about their sleep as the Kickstarter project raised over $2 million, way above its $100,000 goal. Check out a video about Sense below…
As with most pieces of sleep tech it seems, Aura has an iPhone app that monitors how you’re sleeping. However, Aura also has a white module that sits on your bedside table and emits soothing tones and lights to gently lull you to sleep and then wake you up again in the morning.
Read more about Aura.
As well as the usual sleep apps for your phone, neuro:on is primarily an intelligent sleep mask, taking in data as you sleep and reducing the grogginess you feel as you wake up as it gently simulates daylight in the mornings. A sleep mask may be a little invasive for some, but if you already use one then this could be very useful indeed.
There is also an app to help you acclimatise to different time zones, which is incredibly handy if you travel a lot with work or are going on holiday.
mySleepButton is designed to help you fall asleep as well as get back to sleep if you wake in the middle of the night. At times, we all struggle to get to sleep due to having various other thoughts floating around in our head, and mySleepButton helps you to replace those thoughts with something else. It will read a list of objects and scenarios, allowing you to think about them and replace those pesky other thoughts that were keeping you awake.
Many sleep experts say that we shouldn’t be using computers or watching TV too close to going to sleep or it can have a detrimental effect on our sleep patterns. This is due to the blue light emitted from the screens. BluBlocker glasses, as the name suggests, block out that blue light, meaning you can use a computer or tablet before bed if you need to without those boggling blue light rays disrupting your sleep.
We hope these apps and gadgets help get you to sleep easier! Let us know how you got on in the comments below.