6 Smart Devices To Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Getting sound sleep is an immensely important part of a healthy lifestyle. Research has proven that despite all the domestic and office tension faced by people in their daily life, a good night’s sleep can work wonders for you both mentally and physically. In fact, there are different risks that you expose yourself to if you are not sleeping properly, for example:
- Weight gain, larger appetite
- Disturbed concentration, loss of productivity
- Greater risk of heart disease and stroke
- Affects glucose metabolism and increases the chances of Type 2 diabetes
- Depression, low immunity
- Inflammation, cell damage
Technology has made human lives easier in more ways than one. In order to improve your sleep, new gadgets and health trackers have been developed that can measure the time and quality of your snooze time, determine the suitability of your bedroom environment and provide other relevant metrics. Here are six such devices that are recommended for use:
This analog watch is a perfect companion for minimalists who want access to all the health and sleep data but want to avoid being bombarded with endless smartphone notifications. You can use it on-the-go and there is no need to press a button- all the activity, including walk, run, swim and sleep are tracked automatically. Nokia Steel detects light and deep sleep cycles, sleep interruptions, and sleep duration, syncing back all the data to the Nokia Health Mate app. It has an eight-month battery life so you don’t have to worry about charging either.
Probably the best running watch out there, the Polar M430 comes with a host of features to deliver better performance for your sleep as well. With its Polar Sleep technology, the watch runs analytics to determine the time, amount, and quality of your sleep. This functionality is apart from its heart rate tracking, improved GPS, and uncomplicated design, making it easy to use and a strong contender for the best health tracker in the mid-range segment.
Beddit is a company that exclusively focuses on different ways to improve your sleep. Unlike other devices, this is not a wearable tracker but a thin, narrow sensor strip that you can place below your sheets. You simply have to lie down as usual for sleep and the sleep patterns will be tracked automatically through a technique called ballistocardiography, which is a non-invasive method that ‘listens’ to the ballistic forces of your heart movements. The setup is easy and instructions simple to understand. However, it works for only one user and can give accurate reading for a body weight only above 30 kg, so won’t work well for toddlers or small kids.
Based in Finland, Emfit is a technology company that has been developing bio-sensors for health applications since several years. The QS (Quantified Sleep) monitor is their first venture into sleep tracking devices for consumers and boy, is it a great device or what. Similar to Beddit Smart, Emfit QS uses the ballistocardiography technique to track common metrics like movement, breathing, heart-rate and sleep stage classification. It also offers a comprehensive feedback on heart rate variability, recovery, and stress levels. The best thing about this sophisticated sleep monitoring solution is that you don’t need to connect it to your phone. Simply install it in your bed, connect to your home Wifi and forget about it.
2. S+ by ResMed
For many people, wearing a health wearable or using mattresses that require contact to track health metrics is a sore pain in the neck. For them, S+ by ResMed is their best bet. A compact, minimalistic metal device, S+ uses radio waves to track your breathing. That means whether you move to the side or your partner snuggles up to you, it still provides a reliable feedback of your health metrics. With various features and modes like ‘Smart Alarm’, ‘Mind Clear’, and ‘Relax to Sleep, S+ is available in both iOS and Android, and is possibly the best non-contact monitoring solution you can buy.
1. Fitbit Ionic
Fitbit is a name synonymous with health tracking devices and has established itself as the market leader with the plethora of innovative wearables it has developed over the years. With Fitbit Ionic, it aims to dominate the smartwatch market with new features like on-board music, contactless payment, and built-in GPS. Apart from the usual fitness features, Fitbit also shows details for sleeping patterns, distinguishing REM phases from light and deep sleep phases, making it an attractive multi-functional option for you.