Wake up refreshed thanks to these sleep gadgets

Does this sound familiar? You lie awake at night, tossing and turning, desperately trying to sleep, but you just can’t seem to drop off (again). Severe and long-lasting sleep problems are often due to psychological stress, and should be treated accordingly, because if you are not sleeping well, you are less productive and resilient, easily irritated and often lethargic. But for those who are affected only now and then by problems such as not being able to fall asleep, waking up in the night or simply not being able to get out of bed in the morning, the industry has several solutions to hand. We have put together a selection of sleep gadgets for you below.

EEG Sleep Tracker

The principle behind sleep trackers is relatively simple. They measure data during sleep and can thus help to identify the root cause of any sleep disturbances. Standard trackers mainly focus on measuring your pulse and show you how much sleep you are getting overall. By contrast, EEG trackers, which are worn on a headband, identify the individual phases of sleep by measuring brainwaves. Sensitive sensors record the movement of brainwaves, the heart and respiratory rates, and the duration of sleep. Furthermore, barely audible sounds of a certain frequency and of certain duration are generated, which are intended to positively influence sleep quality. The EEG tracker is controlled using an app, to which the data can also be transferred for evaluation.

While the measurements from the EEG sleep tracker are not as exact as those from a sleep laboratory, the results nevertheless provide an insight into your sleep patterns and produce more meaningful data than standard trackers. However, this gadget is relatively expensive. EEG trackers are available from around CHF 430.00.

Smart duvet

Imagine, you get out of bed in the morning and when you come back from the bathroom, your bed has perfectly and automatically made itself. It sounds like science fiction, but is now actually possible thanks to the “smart” duvet. This can not only unfold itself, but according to the manufacturer, it also regulates the temperature between your body and the duvet. By preventing cold feet or heavy sweating, it thus helps to improve sleep quality – for the whole night.
The innovative duvet is brand new on the market and is currently only available from the start-up Smartduvet. The duvet is connected to a control box, which sends heated air to the selected side of the bed. Openings in the duvet layer prevent the build-up of moisture. To cool down, on the other hand, the smart duvet uses the body’s natural evaporative cooling and uses increased air circulation between the body and duvet to regulate the temperature. The smart duvet can be purchased directly from the manufacturer and costs – depending on size – between CHF 300.00 and 400.00.

Light alarm clocks

Who actually still has an alarm clock at home? Most people use the alarm function on their smartphones to get them up in the morning. It has long been known that the high-frequency electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones can impair sleep quality and it is therefore recommended to leave mobile devices outside the bedroom at night. A healthier alternative to a standard alarm is a light alarm clock, which simulates sunset and sunrise and thus makes it easier to fall asleep and to wake up. Scientific studies have shown that the body produces and releases hormones that promote a wakeful state, such as cortisol, during daylight conditions, and more sleep hormones, such as melatonin, when it is dark. In this way, a light alarm clock can awaken you more gently by simulating sunrise, in particular in the winter time. In the evening, on the other hand, the dimming light helps the body to switch off, and to fall asleep more easily.
Controlling the alarm clock and inputting times is managed – depending on the device – via an app. An extremely wide variety of models are available with variable additional functions, such as monitoring the room temperature, the air humidity and noise and light factors that might have an impact on sleep. There are also alarm clocks with sleep and wake-up audio, for example birdsong. Light alarm clocks are available from as little as CHF 30.00.

Smartbeds

“Smartbeds” are beds that tailor their degree of firmness and lying comfort to your body and sleeping position. The customised support and relief this creates promotes quicker and better regeneration of the body. As with a tracker, the smartbed also records sleep data, which can be tracked and analysed via an app.

The innovative technology originally comes from the medical industry and was developed especially for bedridden patients. In the USA, “smartbeds” are already available on the market for end consumers and have already proven their value to, for example, professional athletes, those with health problems and people who need to be particularly physically capable. Due to the positive effects on sleep and general health, smartbeds will soon also be available in Switzerland. In 2020, BICO will expand its range to include my zmartbed, and thus bring the first European smartbed onto the market. The degree of firmness of the innovative mattress can be regulated individually to any setting desired, with the 5-zoned structure adapting to the different areas of the body. 2 000 integrated sensors record every individual sleeping position 200 times a second, and automatically and dynamically ensure highly tailored support and relief. The bed is controlled using an app, which also analyses the sleep data recorded and thus makes you aware of the quality of your sleep. If desired, the technology can be incorporated into a box spring bed or a standard mattress with a frame insert in a fully concealed and unobtrusive manner.

Dodow

If you are predominantly plagued by frequently waking up in the middle of the night, you might find the Dodow helpful. The gadget aims to help you fall back asleep more quickly with the use of guided breathing exercises. In addition, the device projects a colourful beam of light onto the ceiling, which rhythmically changes. Concentrating on and synchronising your breathing with the light is said to calm the autonomic nervous system and make it easier to fall asleep.

This sleep gadget is available for around CHF 69.00.

Bottom line

Whether an alarm clock, sleep tracker, smart duvet or even an entire bed, devices which encourage sleep and thus relaxation are now many and varied. The technologies are continually being developed and improved, and new products are arriving onto the market. Whether and to what extent these gadgets can help and encourage you to sleep better, you ultimately have to find out for yourself. However, it is always worth trying something new to help with sleep issues.