Nightwave (a light-guided relaxation program), and Sleep Infuser (a gadget that’s supposed to mask sounds with noise).
Do you know when exactly you fall asleep, how often you wake up during the night, when you’re in your REM sleep and when your sleep is lightest? If you’re not using a sleep monitor, the answer is probably ‘no’.
If you’ve never used a sleep monitor before and are not sure if you really need it, just test it out. There are several free smartphone apps available. You just leave them on your bed when you go to sleep and they will try and analyze your movement during the night. Take a look at Sleep Bot, Sleep Time, and other similar apps.
If you want to get more accurate data, it’s worth looking into a fitness tracker. Those useful little devices not only count your steps and measure your heart rate but also – depending on the company and/or device – provide nice stats and evaluations. While not as accurate as an EEG monitor, they are definitely more comfortable and cost something between 100-200€.
Ah, mornings … just when you finally feel like you are getting some rest, the alarm startles you awake with its horrid beeping noise that you probably hate with a passion. Philips Wake-Up Lights and other similar gadgets are supposed to change that. They simulate dawn in order to wake you up by gradually increasing the light for 30 minutes before your alarm time. Since that might not do the trick to really get you out of bed, the device will also play a choice of two natural sounds or the radio.
Lumie Bodyclock Iris goes for a similar approach but also includes a built-in aromatherapy. If you enjoy waking up in a nice smelling room (and if it in any way helps you to get up) this might be for you.
If you don’t want to buy all those separate devices, you can also take a look at Withings Aura – which basically incorporates most of the above. It records noise pollution, room temperature, and light levels or wakes you up to the light you need and the music you love. According to its web page, it even works with Spotify! 😉
Still not enough? There is also Sleep Numbers, a scaringly smart bed. It adjusts comfort on both sides, knows how well you’re sleeping, and connects you to your favorite apps to help perfect your sleep. The price is a bit hefty, but if your sleep is important to you it might just be worth it.
What helps you fall asleep in the evening? Let us know in the comments below.