You gotta get your eight hours in, y’all.
A lack of quality sleep is not only bad for your physical and emotional health, it also leads to decreased productivity and some reports show that it’s affecting our global economy. The CDC has called out Americans’ sleep deprivation as a public health problem and Arianna Huffington has rebuilt her personal brand around her crusade for good sleep.
Still, many factors make it hard for us to fall asleep and/or get the kind of restful sleep that boosts mood and productivity. Devices are a major culprit (we’ve known for years that blue light = bad sleep) but not all tech is bad for your REM cycle.
Sleep tech was out in force at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and this goes way beyond your Fitbit tracking your sleep data. From weighted blankets to sunlight-imitating alarm clocks, there are tons of products out there to help you fall asleep faster, get better quality sleep, and wake up feeling refreshed. Here are some of our favorites.
Bedtime means bedtime for your phone, too
When you’re used to having your smartphone in your hands 24/7 it’s hard to give it up. While Night Shift may help you wind down, an even better idea would be to replace your phone on your bed stand with a device to help you sleep. We promise you won’t die if you leave your phone in the living room overnight.
If you can’t sleep because you have a hard time shutting off your brain, this little device is here to help. Dodow is a small circle that lives on your night stand and projects a soft, pulsing light onto the ceiling. The idea is that you synchronize your breathing to the lights so your brain will slow down and get ready for sleep.
While the claims that weighted blankets are an effective treatment for anxiety disorders are dubious, it is true that they’re super relaxing. The sand-filled blanket makes you feel like you’re being hugged while you fall asleep. This one on Amazon comes with a free duvet cover.
You’ve already heard about blue light’s negative effect on sleep, but this lightbulb goes a step further and imitates a sunset as it dims gradually, no dimmer switch required. You can set it to turn off when it’s done, or to a dim nightlight. Flip the switch 37 minutes before you’re ready to go to sleep and the lights will be off by the time your head hits the pillow.
Your body temperature naturally drops while it’s falling asleep, which is why you probably sleep much better in a cool room than a warm one. If you don’t want to run your A/C in the winter, a bed fan can keep you cool while you doze off.
Track your ZZZs
You can be getting 8+ hours of sleep every night, but if you’re not falling into the deep REM sleep that your body needs you can still experience the symptoms of sleep deprivation. Apps like SleepCycle can track your quality of sleep, but if you’re trying to keep your phone out of your bedroom (and you really should be) one of these devices will give you the metrics to determine if you’re actually getting quality sleep.
We love this smart device that does way more than just track your sleep—it’s also a noise machine to help you drift off and a smart alarm that wakes you at the part of your sleep cycle most conducive to waking up without feeling groggy. Just clip a little sensor to your pillow and get a report on your sleep quality in an app on your smartphone. Plus, it’s pretty, so you’ll actually like having it on your night stand.
Eight looks at first glance just like another online mattress company in the vein of Leesa and Casper. However, their line of Smart Mattresses combines a foam mattress with the smart home trend by integrating Internet of Things connectivity, sleep tracking, and temperature control into one mattress. You can have it dim the lights when you fall asleep and even start brewing coffee when you start to wake up.
Stop hitting snooze
Waking up is hard, but as much as it feels good at the time, constantly hitting snooze just makes it harder to get up. Whether you’d prefer to be woken up gently or need to be jolted out of bed, there’s a smart alarm clock that makes waking up easier.
This cute little alarm clock is beloved by Mashable readers, and for good reason. The ring of light around the face simulates the sunrise by gradually illuminating when it’s time to wake up. You can set it to one of seven different colors and wake up to sounds of nature (or any FM channel) for a gentle morning.
For those of us who need to be coerced into getting out of bed no matter what, the Ruggie alarm clock is a formidable opponent. The device looks like a bath mat that goes on the floor next to your bed. The alarm will only turn off when you stand on the mat, so you have to get out of bed to make it stop. No more leaning over to hit snooze.
Naptime is your friend
Even if you get quality sleep every night, sometimes that 2pm fog hits anyway and you just need a power nap.
The funky looking Ostrich Pillow got a lot of buzz back when it debuted in 2013, and the makers behind it released a “Lite” version that doesn’t make you look as much like an alien. Perfect for travel or a quick office break room snooze, you can grab one at the Mashable Shop.