A special team of experts from Disturbmenot is here to highlight how technology can promote a healthy sleep routine. They’ve also designed a rich infographic about some common sleep problems and how you can solve those problems using technology.
We’ve all heard that the blue light from the screens affects our sleep in a bad way because it reduces the level of melatonin, which is in charge of our sleep. We all read articles about how we shouldn’t use phones and other technological devices at least an hour before we go to bed, but numerous studies show that 95% of people do. Another interesting fact is that more than 71% of people sleep while holding their phones or having it by their heads, and more than 72% of children (aged from 6 to 17) sleep in a room with at least one electronic device.
However, some of the newest tech innovations show us that technology doesn’t only need to be bad for our sleep, but it can also improve it. Now you’re probably asking yourself if this is just a new marketing trick or a true necessity, and we are here to show you some of the improvements that sleeping gadgets made.
How many people suffer from a sleep disorder?
Did you know that around 1.2 billion people worldwide suffer from a variety of sleep issues? Nowadays a lot of people have sleep issues that are related either to the health issues they might have or sleep deprivation.
Between 2010 and 2016, there was a significant increase in dissatisfaction with the quality of sleep among people aged 18 to 24, with more than 60% of this group being affected now. US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) emphasizes that more than 72,000 car incidents were caused by people who were tired and sleepy.
What can sleep gadgets help you with?
Sleep gadgets were invented to help us have a continuous, good night’s sleep. There are sleep gadgets designed for almost any problem that people might have. Sleep gadgets can help you with snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, shift work sleep disorder, nightmares, sleepwalking, etc.
Snoring happens when air can’t move freely through your nose and throat during sleep, and it happens with people who have too much throat and nasal tissue, which is more inclined of vibrating. Snoring can be caused by nasal problems, mouth anatomy, sleep position or sleep deprivation.
Hupnos company designed a snoring mask which detects snoring and encourages the user to change the sleeping position and open their airways. There is an Android and IOS app which will take gentle steps to correct your sleep. Phillips and Urgonight also designed sleep gadgets that help you with snoring.
Nightmares are usually coherent visual dreams that seem real and can get very disturbing. They are usually caused by constant stress and anxiety, trauma or upsetting events, fluctuating sleep schedule, alcohol consumption or smoking.
The “Phyjama“ is a smart pajama which has self-powered sensors that monitor heartbeat, breathing, and sleeping posture.
Also, a French-startup called Moona created a “machine learning smart pillow“ that can always stay at a preferable temperature, which leads to better quality sleep.
Using technological devices right before bed isn’t the best idea, but using the advantages of tech innovations, such as sleep gadgets, to improve your sleep is a very good idea. Determine the condition you have and find the best possible solution for it.
Sleep Problems, Facts, And Technological Solutions (Infographic)
Guest author: Hristina Nikolovska
Working with sleep experts at DisturbMeNot.co made Hristina realize that a quality mattress can help anyone get a proper night’s rest even if you get less than the ideal amount of sleep. Consequently, she’s now eager to help others find their perfect mattress by promoting her teams’ hard work!