Can't sleep? You're not alone.One-third of Americans report that they usually get fewer than the recommended hours of sleep, according to the¬†Centers for Disease Control and Prevention¬†(CDC). Given how important sleep is for our health and well-being, it was only a matter of time before someone developed a tech-based solution to a good night' rest. And while there' now a lot of sleep-tracking technology out there, there' nothing quite as comprehensive as¬†ZEEQ. Created by the active lifestyle bedding brand¬†REM-Fit, ZEEQ is an innovative smart pillow that not only tracks your sleep, but automatically intervenes in the night to help you sleep more soundly. The product raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter when it first launched, but can be now be purchased online for¬†$199. On the outside, ZEEQ looks just like a large pillow. It comes with a washable, branded pillowcase and is attached to a small, white remote. Inside, however, it' jam-packed with technology that includes eight miniature Bluetooth speakers, adjustable memory foam pieces, a decibel-tuned microphone that monitors snoring, two adjustable vibration motors, and a three-axis gyroscope that tracks motion while the user is asleep. (Related:¬†Best Pillows For Side-Sleepers) The self-proclaimed "world' smartest pillow" has many¬†features¬†that promise a better night' sleep: it plays music; it monitors and reacts to your snoring; it tracks and analyzes your sleep; and it wakes you up at the ideal point in your sleep pattern. Perhaps the most useful part of the technology is how partner-friendly it is. ZEEQ has eight built-in speakers through which you can stream music, podcasts, TV, or audiobooks. You can only hear the speakers when your ear is pressed against the fabric, so it won't disturb your partner on the other side of the bed. For those who need some sort of sound to fall asleep, this also means no more getting tangled up with headphones while trying to catch some z'. Even while you're sleeping, the pillow continues to work. Any music shuts off (as long as you toggled the sleep function) so that it doesn't keep playing all night long. If you begin to snore, the pillow' two motors gently vibrate, encouraging you to roll over into a position where you'll stop snoring. ZEEQ determines the optimal time in your sleep cycle to wake up (within a period of time pre-set by the user), at which point you can use the app to review your real-time snoring, rest and sleep scoring data. Over time, the app (available on iPhone¬†and Android) can even make suggestions for how to improve the quality of your rest. No counting sheep required.
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