We all think of technology as a distraction to our slumber. Of course, we are referring to smart gadgets and smartphones that have long become staples in our daily lives but eat up too much of our time. Can you imagine the stress you feel after realizing that you left your phone as you make your way to school or work in the morning? You feel incomplete, right? And it is basically true. That is how attached we have become to our tech gadgets that we even compromise our precious sleep just for a few more minutes or hours of "me time" on your social media accounts. Essentially, you are just scrolling through your newsfeed and checking out what other people are doing with their lives but the intense #FOMO (fear of missing out) prevents you from signing out of your device and head to dreamland already.
However, let us not generalize technology as something bad for it really does serve some really cool and practical purpose when used properly. In reality, it is our lack of discipline that has brought about sleeping issues because of tech use. Our affinity towards our smart gadgets has become an obsession that we can’t seem to resist day in and day out. Fortunately, others have developed tech innovations that show us these tech gadgets can actually bring about a positive change to your sleeping habits with their help, so you no longer become a slave to your device and become a sleep-deprived-zombie, but hopefully, a normal and functional individual.
Using an iPhone application called Sleep Better, we have been tracking our sleep for almost a year. On and off, we have data from 200-plus nights, each broken down to show how many minutes of light and deep sleep we achieve.
It's reassuring to know that, on average over 200 nights, we have slept for 86% of our target eight hours. This includes weekdays, weekends, holidays and nights spent on planes and sofas.
But can we do better? Despite the stats looking good, can we shift the groggy feeling we have most mornings; the reluctance to get out of bed no matter what, and the post-lunch tiredness bringing our afternoons to a halt? We have assembled four very different gadgets to try and find out.
These gadgets can improve your sleep with continued use. Those who have tried them gave a score of 9/10 and stated that they enjoy deeper and longer sleep because of these devices. Those who have a hard time falling asleep didn’t have any difficulty drifting off to slumber and enjoy longer, uninterrupted sleep that they have been craving for all along. The best thing is that they aren’t that expensive too nor uncomfortable to use.
"Sleep Better" tracks your sleep duration, cycles and efficiency with the simple tap of a button. Doing so helps develop a better understanding of your light sleep, deep sleep and even time spent tossing and turning. The app's smart alarm feature helps you wake up at the ideal time. The app is free for iOS and Android.
"Sleep Time" doubles as a sleep analysis app and alarm clock. Its free and available for Android and Apple devices, and it integrates with the Apple Health app. It analyzes sleep cycles, creating graphs based on the information. The app even features soundscapes and white noise to help you fall asleep easier.
Who said apps are just for fun and no real, important purpose? Bring back your normal circadian rhythm with the help of these sleep apps. Counting sheep does not work anymore and you’d likely be turning to your phone for entertainment but these apps work the opposite way as if it is urging you to close your eyes and say goodbye to the rest of the world, just for the night.
But if you are suffering from a medical condition like sleep apnea, these devices may not give you the results you need. Get yourself checked and prescribed with anti-snoring devices like https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/sleeptight and https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/good-morning-snore-solution if you aren’t comfortable using a CPAP machine throughout the night. They are far more effective than any tech device pseudo-sleep stimulator because they also correct the anatomical problems that predisposed you to snore and sleep apnea in the first place.
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