How Sleep Technology Can Improve Your Life

How Sleep Technology Can Improve Your Life

September 15, 2017

Sleep deprivation is considered a public health problem as an estimated 40 million American adults are reportedly not getting enough sleep. With roughly 1/3rd of all American adults experiencing sleep issues, it' no wonder that tech companies have sought to remedy these problems and meet the demands of a large population in need. Through a variety of different sleep technology products and devices, those suffering from sleep issues can not only identify and improve their sleeping habits, but they can also improve the overall quality of their lives.

leep Tracking When trying to identify potential sleep issues, one of the first things to do is track your sleep. This involves journaling or logging details about your sleep including what time you wake up and go to bed if you feel rested, any aches or pains, how long it took for you to fall asleep, if you woke up at all during the night and more.¬† It' important that you maintain a consistent and accurate log to ensure a better understanding of your sleep habits and potential issues.

Nowadays, there are sleep technology apps that can help you track your sleep data by just entering information into the app on your smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and computers. You no longer have to worry about keeping a sleep journal with you wherever you go because you have a Sleep Tracker with you at all times. Additionally, these sleep tracking apps will display your information via charts or graphs, make it easy to access data points, and help you to better analyze the information for potential sleep issues. 

Automation Automation is a great way to reduce stress and eliminate any manual effort with your pre-bed routine and sleep tracking. Instead of having to physically set alarms, turn on or turn off lights, lock doors, set room temperature or turn on fans, there are apps like IFTTT (If This Then That) and sleep technology devices like the ZEEQ Smart Pillow that can control all of these settings and more. You can create an ideal sleep environment just by simply touching a button on your sleep technology app or device. With this technology, you don't have to worry about forgetting something or get up and out of bed to turn the heater on or off, you can just focus on going to sleep in your stress-free sleep environment._x000D_ _x000D_ If you prefer not having to manually enter information about your sleeping habits, there are apps and devices that will automatically track this information while you sleep. For example, devices like the REM-Fit Sleep Tracker can monitor your heart rate and breathing throughout the night. Other devices like the ZEEQ Smart Pillow and REM-Fit Active 200 can track your sleep via motion detection, and provide insight into how restful your sleep really is._x000D_ _x000D_ Sleep Audio_x000D_ _x000D_ Sounds and noises, whether they be indoors or outdoors, can disrupt our sleep cycles by preventing us from reaching a deep sleep and/or waking us up. These sounds that might seem trivial or unnoticeable during our busy days, become a nuisance to us when we sleep. Ideally, it' best to eliminate any potential sounds that could interfere or disrupt our sleep cycles. One way to eliminate, or block out, some of these sounds is to use a sleep audio device/app._x000D_ _x000D_ Sleep audio apps/devices are designed to provide users with a comfortable background noise called white noise, to drown out any potential environmental sounds and to lull us to sleep. This noise is produced by combining the sounds of different frequencies. Typically, this is the sound for the combination of all frequencies between 20 HZ and 20,000 HZ._x000D_ _x000D_ The consistent use of white noise, whether it' a white noise machine or an app, can become a cue to your brain that it' time to go to sleep. Another form of white noise is pink noise, which utilizes lower frequencies and sounds noticeably deeper with less hissing._x000D_ _x000D_ When sleeping with a partner who does not utilize white or pink noise, people often utilize headphones. Headphones, however often can be uncomfortable and irritate ears throughout the night. If this is an issue for you, look for technology that integrates sound into common sleep objects. The ZEEQ Smart Pillow is an example of one of these products. It features 8 speakers that can play consistently throughout the pillow but can be set to not transmit sound beyond the pillow' surface, making it the perfect way to fall asleep to white and pink noise, without disturbing your partner._x000D_ _x000D_ Snoring Cessation_x000D_ _x000D_ Snoring is a common occurrence in most households. It' reported that over 37 million Americans snore on a regular basis, which means there are millions of partners who are suffering from lack of sleep. Snoring can be defined as the vibration of the muscles and walls of your throat due to the obstruction of air movement caused by the narrowing of the throat. There are times when snoring can also be the result of congested nasal passages._x000D_ _x000D_ There are many different anti-snoring products on the market today. The following are some of the more common anti-snoring sleep aides:_x000D_ _x000D_ Breath Right strips¬†, these strips look like a band-aid and are placed on top of the nose. They lift the nasal passages open and help air to pass through. They are typically used more for snoring caused by nasal congestion._x000D_ _x000D_ CPAP masks¬†, CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure and it' a small machine designed to keep the walls of your throat from narrowing by sending a steady stream of air pressure through the mask and into your nose and mouth. It not only helps with general snoring but is often prescribed for sleep apnea._x000D_ _x000D_ ZEEQ Smart Pillow¬†, this smart pillow not only helps to stop snoring through a gentle vibration that stimulates the need to shift positions, but it also streams music, analyzes your sleep, sets an alarm, can adjust for optimal level of comfort, and is breathable so that you can enjoy a cool pillow all night long. It' an all-in-one device that encompasses that fantastic advancement of sleep technology and will help eliminate snoring in your bedroom._x000D_ _x000D_ No matter how you approach the issue, lack of sleep reduces productivity, decreases alertness, leads to grogginess and unhappiness. By adopting sleep technology to your sleep environment, you can gain the insight of tracking, the stress reduction of automation, the soothing sounds of white noise, and the lack of snoring that comes from new innovations. Ensure you get the rest and recovery you need by adopting sleep technology into your nightly routine.