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Technology that helps you get a good night's sleep

By Murray Newlands     Mar 6, 2015 in Health
Sleep is one of the most vital aspects of our daily existence, but it is also something people struggle with. Whether your sleep issues are caused by insomnia, a hectic work schedule or having a newborn baby, it is critical for you to fix this problem.
After all, a lack of sleep can lead to a long list of health issues, including a weakened immune system and increased risk of depression.
According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 60 million people in the U.S. deal with insomnia. Some cases are relatively mild and will correct themselves after a few days, but at least 10 percent of the nation suffers from chronic sleep issues. There have recently been some studies released that indicate that our over-reliance on smartphones could be causing sleep related problems, but there are also some very beneficial ways to utilize technology to make it easier to fall asleep.
One of the biggest problems that people face in relation to sleep is being woken up at the wrong part of their sleep cycle. Unfortunately, this is something that is difficult to avoid if you are not able to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Although some people take over-the-counter or prescription pills to assist them in their pursuit of sleep, this can lead to dependency issues. Therefore, it is best to harness the power of some of the latest technology to ensure that your sleep cycle is as beneficial as possible.
There are many sleep apps and other related options available. For example, the Neuro:On Intelligent Sleep Mask and app promise to act as a sleeping coach and jetlag optimizer. In other words, users who fall asleep wearing the mask will be able to stay asleep during REM activity, and this will allow them to feel refreshed when they wake up. Neuro:On utilizes bio-electrical signals to track the user’s sleep cycle, and it introduces artificial light therapy to wake the person up in a more natural way.
The Wake-Up Light is another product that enables people to wake up with the assistance of the slow introduction of simulated sunlight. This item works with whatever alarm time you set, so it does not have the extra perks that are associated with Neuro:On. However, this method can still be more beneficial and less severe than waking up to the sounds of a standard alarm.
Are your sleep issues being caused by sharing the bed with a partner who has a completely different schedule? This can definitely be problematic for both people, but technology has an answer that could help everyone get a better night’s sleep. The Lark monitors your daily activity and sleep cycle to help you maximize your restful state, and it can be configured to wake you and your partner up at different times with a wristband alarm clock that vibrates instead of making noise.
There are also many apps available that promise to help users sleep better on a nightly basis. For example, SleepBot for Android devices is a sleep cycle alarm that monitors your nightly activity and wakes you up at the right part of your cycle to reduce grogginess. Individuals who have an iPhone instead can get similar results from the Sleep Cycle app.
All of this technology focuses on helping everyone get enough sleep, and this is a good way to reduce your stress and keep your glucose levels in line. Therefore, whether you stick to a sleep app or become an early adopter of Neuro:On, it is a good idea to take advantage of one of these options so that you can stop tossing and turning.
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