How Technology is Changing the Way We Sleep
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout our lives. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect mental and physical health, quality of life, and safety. However, everyone has trouble sleeping and good quality sleep can be the first thing compromised when we’re overworked, stressed, or suffering from depression.
TechAdvisor.lk looked into some new technology which will be released globally to help us monitor our sleep patterns and live better lives.
Say goodbye to noisy neighbours, loud street dogs and late-night street noise. SNOOZ is an acoustic white noise machine that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. Currently a kickstarter project, this has received over 200% funding than what was requested for the development and the distribution of the product.
Using a proprietary fan in an acoustically optimised enclosure, SNOOZ produces peaceful white noise to help the world fade away so you can sleep. Designed with airflow simulations run on supercomputers, no looping tracks or low-quality speakers. Just the soothing sound of moving air.
This also comes with its own app which can be controlled to turn up the volume without getting out of bed or set an automatic shutoff in case you only want to use it at the beginning of the night. At just 2.5″ tall and a wrap to store the power cord, SNOOZ packs easily in a backpack or carry-on so you never have to be without a peaceful, room-filling cocoon of sound. SNOOZ is currently in development and can be pre-ordered for $49.
This maybe quite expensive but when you see what it can do, you would definitely want to purchase one just for yourself. ŌURA is a revolutionary wellness ring and app, designed to help you get more restful sleep. When you go to sleep, the ŌURA ring analyses the quality of your rest and recovery by measuring your heart rate (optically), respiration rate, body temperature, and movement. While you are awake, it monitors the duration and intensity of your activities, and the time you spend sitting. The ŌURA app integrates and visualises this data to identify patterns between your sleep quality and daily activities.
By understanding how well you slept, it can determine your readiness to perform and helps you adjust the intensity and duration of your day’s activities. The ring counts your daily steps and total distance traveled. It also estimates the calories burned per day. The app delivers actionable recommendations to adjust the intensity, duration and timing of your activities based on your readiness to perform. It also offers activity-related suggestions to help you get more restful sleep at night.When prompted via the app, the ŌURA ring can also measure your physiological response to activities during the day. You can pre-order the ring for $299.
CubeSensors are small two-inch cubes that contain a variety of sensors in order to help consumers monitor their indoor environment. Powered by an internal, rechargeable battery, the CubeSensors contain a thermometer, a barometer, a light meter, a sound meter for noise detection, moisture sensors to detect changes in humidity, an accelerometer for vibration detection and an organic compounds sensor to measure indoor air pollution levels. Information gathered by the sensors is constantly streamed through a base station over Wi-Fi and can be viewed within a mobile iOS application on a iPod, iPhone or iPad.
CubeSensors gently pulse in every room when it’s time for your bedtime routine. Open the windows, adjust the temperature, dim the lights and just enjoy your sleep. For instance, the software will recommend opening a window in a particular room or shutting off the air conditioner in order to improve the air quality. The sensor works better for households with children as it can alert a parent as to when the living or air levels in a room are deteriorating or is not conducive to a child specially during sleep. The cube sensor can be purchased for $299 which includes two cubes.