Will better technology solve our sleep sorrows?

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Will better technology solve our sleep sorrows

Sleeping is indeed important for us as human beings. We all understand the importance of sleeping well, and after a good night’s practice, everybody felt a sense of refreshment – and a sense of tiredness after a bad night’s sleep. But although we understand, many of us do not get the quality of bed required to actually get the wellness advantages of bed in our crowded community.

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It’s known that sleep quality and duration have, in fact, a great effect on your health. They are known to affect the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, mental health, and diabetes. A review of 15 studies found that people who don’t get enough sleep are at a far greater risk of heart disease or stroke than those who sleep 7–8 hours per night.

Another thing that is alarming for poor quality sleep is that it can be linked to depression. Mental health problems, an example is depression, are closely related to poor quality sleep and sleeping conditions. 90% of individuals with anxiety have been reported to complain about the quality of sleep. Poor exercise is even linked to an enhanced risk of suicidal death. Sleep illnesses such as insomnia or sleep apnea also show considerably greater levels of anxiety than those without.

Stress and anxiety can lead to sleep problems or intensify existing problems. And having a disorder of anxiety worsens the problem. Sleeping disorders are characterized by abnormal sleeping patterns that interfere with the function of the body, mind, and emotion. Stress or anxiety, like various other issues, can trigger a severe evening with sleep sorrows. You can always lay out a soft 5×8 rug and meditate but if your stress is keeping you up at night, you need to take more effective measures.

Another factor that we can consider why we are encountering poor nights of sleep due to poor habits of using technology. Technology has already gone over both the living room and the bathroom, and it’s now put on the sight of the house. There are lots of signs that indicate that technology is affecting our quality sleep habits needs to be improved. You need more than 30 minutes to sleep to fall to sleep; you were infected with sleeplessness; more than once while sleeping, you wake up frequently; staying awake up for about 20 minutes after waking up from the middle of sleep during the night.

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Because of this, tech brands are not surprisingly have extended their efforts to attempt to create innovative solutions and fix these sleep problems in the long run. However, will these technologies solve our sleep sorrow and give us a good night’s sleep? Let’s find out.

Tech and Sleep: A Love-Hate Relationship

Technology can be good and bad for your sleep. It is bad for it can leave us exposed to an infinite number of terrible news; also, our capacity to generate the hormone melatonin is suppressed by the blue light produced by digital devices. Moreover, the thoughts of being not enough coming from looking at those picture-perfect lives of other people on social media make us feel restless and question our lives.

However, technology can be good because there are now sleep devices that have been created to fix our sleep problems. Most of these tell you about your sleep quality, how well or how badly, you slept every night so that you will choose the right choices for your sleep routine. As technology becomes more widespread, there will be even more diversity in these sleep devices in the following years.

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They can also assist you to relax in any sleeping positions that you would like. Sleeping devices are becoming increasingly common in the industry like intelligent mattresses. As mankind fights year after year to get enough sleep, innovation is the only response. Nearly every part of our life has been enhanced, so why not use it to assist us to rest a nice night? There are many available technologies to enhance the value of your sleeping.

Technologies that will help you combat sleep sorrows

Smart Watches

In the past years, companies have produced wearable devices that can monitor your daily steps, heart rate, calories, and sleep patterns. These smartwatches and other wearable devices have been to track their sleep through monitoring their movement while sleeping. For these trackers, if you have less movement, you have a deeper sleep.

But if you want to obtain accurate information about your sleep, you need to undergo a medical sleep study to closely monitor brain activity and evaluate the phases of sleep that you go through at night. These studies can help you to diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and some sleep problems.

Nevertheless, these sleep trackers can certainly be helpful to help you understand your sleep patterns and habits. For instance, when you sleep from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m., you feel sluggish but feel lively if you change your sleep schedule to 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.; or even get a good sleep on your comfy mattress when your room is more peaceful, darker and cooler. With that information, you can think about the changes in your sleeping habits that you can make.

If there’s anything that worries you about your sleep, consulting your doctor is strongly advisable. But if you’re a healthy individual that wants to monitor your sleeping pattern, a wearable sleep tracker can be your best bet.

Wake-Up Light

Another device that could help you with your sleep is wake-up light. This sleep technology was one of the widely used sleep aid before sleep technology was a thing. This device uses a daylight simulation that can help you stimulate your circadian rhythm to wake you up early in the morning. The incrementing light from this technology can slowly pull you out of your bed in the morning and can promote hormonal balance all day. While some of these have a double purpose as a diffuser of scents.

To promote the increase of the production of cortisol in the morning, a daylight exposure through your wake-up light is recommended. This promotes a good reaction of stress hormones for the whole day. That’s why healthy production of cortisol implies a good balance of hormones because these are closely linked next to each other.

During the dark and gloomy months of winter, light therapy tends to make a wake-up light more useful than summer. According to a study, dawn stimulation can be a reliable therapy for seasonal affective disorder.

Intelligent Bed

In modern times, our bedroom has been touched by intelligent technology. Basically, there are new and smart bed can tell you about your sleeping habits and can be connected to other smart home technologies.

Also, do not forget about the importance of the thin pillow on which you sleep. For proper sleep, you should have not only your back as you feel comfortable, but also your neck. Only in the combination of this comfort and the optimal amount of time you can sleep.

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Nowadays, normal mattresses have a tendency to be expensive. Even more so if it’s included with complex technologies. With this, are they worth it? Will it really help you sleep better at night?

An intelligent bed utilizes a range of technologies such as temperature controller, heartbeat and tension sensors, and automatic recline to collect information about your sleep and wake-up habits. With this information, it helps you get a good night’s sleep every night.

However, knowing that the intelligent bed market is still in the early stage; meaning there is no clear idea about what the advantages and disadvantages of an intelligent bed. Moreover, it’s about doing some research about bed dimensions and visualizing a mattress that fits you best.

Keep in Mind

Naturally, the prolonged problem with many of these technologies is that if there is an unpretentious demand for it. To resolve sleep-related problems, putting down your phone is the best alternative. The quickest way for us to have quality sleep is to limit the use of your mobile phone. Remember to not to bring your phone to your bed an hour before you sleep. Your rooms should have an analogue atmosphere as possible if you want to stay healthy.

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Lilach Bullock

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23 Jul, 2019

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