5 Gadgets That Will Help You Sleep Better at Home
Technology and gadgets are often the culprits behind sleepless nights and insomnia. As noted by Harvard Health’s feature on blue light, exposure to lights at night, including from smartphones, disturbs our body’s circadian rhythm. This can potentially result in less sleep and an increased risk of disease.
However, there are gadgets out there that can actually aid you in getting a good night’s rest. If you’re having trouble catching some shut-eye, try out the following:
Aromatherapy has long been used for wellness, rest, and relaxation. In fact, research published in the Sleep Science and Practice Journal has linked aromatherapy to better sleep quality. To reap the same benefits, try getting an oil diffuser in your home. They take essential oils and release them as a mist, blanketing your room in a relaxing scent. You can choose from a variety of oils like chamomile or lavender, which are known to promote better sleep.
Falling asleep is easier said than done when you have thin apartment walls or live in a busy neighborhood. Luckily, there are sound machines you can use to drown out the noise so you can get some restful sleep.
The best sound machines come with sensitive volume controls to ensure they don’t inadvertently keep you up instead. Additionally, they also feature different types of sound, from rainfall to white noise. Whether you prefer the whirr of a box fan, or the crashing of ocean waves, you can easily find a sound machine that suits your own specific needs.
One of the easiest ways to create a sleep-conducive environment is to lower the thermostat. In fact, an article on The Atlantic claims that cold temperatures facilitate a drop in blood sugar and heart rate, both of which are necessary physiological changes that help you sleep better. But if you live with a fussy partner, it can be difficult to agree on when to crank up the AC.
An alternative is to buy temperature-controlled pads, which come in different sizes and can fit on your side of the bed, or the entire mattress. As illustrated in our post on ‘Cooling Mattress Pads and Deep Sleep’, these pads provide maximum comfort by regulating the temperature of your bed as you sleep, helping you catch some much-needed z’s.
When talking about gadgets to help you sleep, smart lights aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind. But as explained in HomeServe’s article on smart homes, these high-tech bulbs come with various perks. For one, they have intuitive timers to regulate their brightness depending on daylight availability. You can also tweak their mood settings and color temperatures from your smartphone to create the perfect environment for sleeping. All of the automated features can help condition your brain to follow your body’s circadian rhythm, allowing you to relax and improve your sleeping habits.
Sometimes, it’s not you, it’s your partner. More specifically, it’s their loud snoring that’s keeping you awake at night.
Snoring is a very common problem so it’s no surprise that motion pillows have been invented. They are made up from memory foam that detects snoring via a sensor, and then adjusts the user’s airflow by inflating to stop the snoring. What’s more is that the adjustments are quite gentle, ensuring both you and your partner can get a good night’s sleep.
Chronic sleep deprivation, if left unaddressed, can cause a host of other problems like obesity, diabetes, and can compromise your immune system. As such, it’s essential to do your best to get plenty of sleep. So, try out the gadgets we’ve listed and see what works for you.