5th May 2017
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our lives, not only does it set us up for the day, research shows a good night’s sleep can help prevent depression, repair your body and even make you live longer. At Somnus we believe the first step to achieve a better sleep is getting the right bed for you. Once we’ve provided you with that – it’s over to you. There may be many reasons you’re tossing and turning at night, but help is on hand. Technology has taken a jump into the world of sleep and is trying to help you achieve a better sleep.
We’ve found some of the best apps and gadgets to help you on your way to achieve a better night’s sleep.
The Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 combines the benefits of a gradual sunset and sunrise combined with aromatherapy. The Lumie light sends you to sleep or wakes you up with a sunset/sunrise illusion, which is scientifically proven to correlate with Melatonin, which is the hormone responsible for the sleep-wake cycle.
Meanwhile, your senses are enhanced by essential oils released through a vapour. This is ideal for those who struggle to drift off or find it difficult to pull back the duvet in the morning, the changing light will get your body up and ready for activity.
Developed by neuroscientists for astronauts, this app is at the top of its game. Sleep Genius gradually awakens you with a gentle 5 minute Revive Cycle, scientifically created to help you wake to soothing sounds, welcoming you to a new day. Equipped with a relaxation program, SleepGenius will leave your body relaxed, slow your breathing and heart rate and allow your mind to release its tension – ready to drift off.
It even has a powernap mode for those of you who need a recharge – this feature naturally induces you to take a short nap, and gradually wakes you so you won’t over sleep – providing you with just the right amount of light sleep.
If you really want to get behind your current sleeping pattern, this piece of sleep tech is for you. Aura carefully analyses your sleep cycle using a sleep sensor under your sheet. Meanwhile a sensing bedside device records your sleep environment, including noise pollution, room temperature and light level, helping you understand what impacts your sleep negatively. The light technology wakes you up with scientifically designed blue light and music at the best time for your sleep cycle.
Unpon sunrise, your night’s data is turned into a graph showing key sleep quality indicators. You can then use this information to assess you sleep and discover what really wakes you up.
Perfect for those who wake during the night, mySleepButton is designed to help you fall asleep as well as get back to sleep if you wake in the middle of the night. Often we are kept awake by various things running through our mind – this app helpfully diminishes these by reading a list of objects and scenarios letting your imagination lull you to sleep.
Brain training techniques can be powerful for helping you drift off – Calm, is a simple app that takes you through a series of guided meditation sessions which last up to 30 minutes. Mediation is proven to clear your mind and nothing will help you sleep better than having a clear mind at night.