The benefits of getting a good night are well reported. But in an age of being hyperconnected, technology isn’t usually our friend when it comes to switching off.
Not only do the constant stream of notifications disturb our slumber, but studies have shown that the blue light from your phone’s screen can disrupt your sleep pattern.However one of the key trends emerging from CES 2017 is that, this year, technology may start lending a helping hand when it comes to getting a good night’s kip.
From sleep tracking devices to smart pillows and mattresses, there seems to be a growing industry around sleep tech that promises to deliver a replenishing night’s sleep.
Ranging from the revolutionary to the gimmicky, here’s a selection of some of our favourite gadgets we came across that might be making their way into your bedroom soon.
Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed
If you were going to design a smart bed this would be it. Sleep Number 360 pulls out all the tricks in the book when it comes to getting you getting you a good night’s sleep.
Cold feet? Sorted. The foot warmer at the base of the bed automatically comes on when you first get into bed.
Partner snoring? Got it covered. Sleep Number 360 detects when someone starts to snore and tilts their head upward to help clear their airways.
Can’t quite find a comfy spot? Do not fear. The self adjusting-mattress automatically changes based on your position and if you have a particular preference you can alter the firmness of your mattress through an app.
And finally, if you find hard to get out of bed in the morning, the SleepIQ technology knows when you are in the lightest stage of sleep and starts the alarm to wake you within a desired wake-up time window.
Kryo Sleep Performance System
Is there anything more annoying than being too hot in bed? You toss and turn, have lucid dreams and wake up with the sheets wrapped around you.
Cue the Kyro Sleep Performance System. It’s a water-based mattress topper that cools your bed down during the night. Control it via the app and keep your bed a cool 16-degrees throughout the night.
It can also integrate with your sleep tracker to help you improve your REM and Deep Sleep. Currently still being crowdfunded on Indiegogo it should be ready to ship later this year.
If the cold side of a pillow gets you drifting off, Moona is promising a cool comforting pillow all night long.
The pillow-pads create the optimum pillow temperature which helps you sleep better and wake up more easily by gently warming the pillow.
You can also accurately record your sleep data – beats having to sleep with a phone under your pillow to keep track of your snooze time.
2breathe is a wearable gadget that straps around your waist and records your breathing pattern whilst falling asleep.
The wearable links up to an app that plays relaxing music that is completely in sync with your breath. This gadget then supposedly guides you into taking more prolonged breaths by gradually slowing down the speed of the melody.
We’re not convinced that being strapped up whilst trying to nod off is the most relaxing thing, and even by their own admission 2breath requires “some patience” as “results accumulate within a few weeks of use”.
Maybe by that time you will have learned to breathe slower without an accompanying melody.
Sensorwake is a patented bedside device that directs two different scents to the sleeper to help them fall asleep quicker and more deeply. It’s a follow-up to Sensorwake’s first product, an olfactory alarm clock that woke you up with pleasant smells.
While we liked the idea of the smelly alarm clock, the Oria didn’t seem to be anything more than a fairly pricey (£120) room freshener.
The company’s in-house specialists say that Oria gets users 40% better sleep and while we haven’t tested it out at night, taking a sniff at CES we can confirm that it smells perfectly pleasant, but didn’t make us feel any drowsier.