Sleep is vital for human life. It helps the body to rejuvenate and be prepared to face the next day. A good night’s sleep is as crucial to health as proper eating and regular exercising. And yet, sleep is often the first casualty in our world of tight schedules and impossible daily activities. The simplistic beauty of crawling into bed at the end of the day is truly behind us. Luckily, not everything is lost. Technology provides a means to ensure that we maintain healthy sleep habits, ease the daily exhaustion with a comfortable night of sleep and wake up bursting with renewed vigor.
A proper environment is crucial to a good night’s sleep. Smart Homes use blue-light filters and soundproof padding to facilitate undisturbed sleep. Smart sleep-promoting bulbs create a setting conducive for sleeping by filtering harmful blue light. Smart alarms connected to sensors track the sleep cycle and wake up a person at just the right time. Smart beds are equipped with a variety of features such as automatic bedding and provisions to adjust the sleeping postures.
Smart mattresses have inbuilt advanced sensors that slide under the mattress to document sleep patterns and initiate necessary triggers such as turning off the lights and lowering the temperature in the room at the right time. Memory foam mattresses soften in response to body heat and conform to the body shape, thereby offering a unique sleep experience. Sleep masks use infrared light to induce sleep and naturally wake the person in the morning.
Tech gadgets are the biggest culprits for inadequate sleep. The blue light emitted by screens of mobile devices, computers and tablets tricks the brain into thinking that it is day time when it is actually not. Blue light filters, scheduled in tandem with the sunset times, reduce the amount of blue light entering the eyes after sunset and prepare it for sleep.
Smart phones, tablets and televisions have emerged as the devices of choice for late-night entertainment. Due to the blue light emitted by them, these devices tend to wreck havoc with the natural sleep rhythms. On the other hand, AI-aided speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home allow a person to listen to audio-books and even play games without hindering the onset of sleep. Smart speakers can also be deployed as effective white-noise machines that play nature and relaxing sounds to facilitate good sleep.
Smart thermostats are devices that control the heating and air conditioning in the house with the help of sensors and Wi-Fi technology. With a smart thermostat, one can set a schedule to begin warming and cooling just prior to bedtime and before waking up in the morning.
The most challenging aspect of any sleep program is the adoption and integration of sleep-promoting technologies and behaviors in daily lives. A good night’s rest is an investment in a healthier mind and body, and a longer life. Better sleeping is indeed possible, through technology.