According to a recent study by the National Sleep Foundation, 45 percent of Americans are affected by poor or insufficient sleep. Needless to say, most of us could benefit from more quality winks.
These days, more people are paying attention to the potential benefits of smart sleep technology. BCC Research analyst Natana Raj told NBCnews.com that Americans shelled out more than $43 billion on sleep aids and sleep tech in 2016, and that number is on the rise.
Going to the Mattresses
Any conversation about sleep should begin with the foundation of a good night’s rest: your mattress. These days, however, mattresses offer more than comfort and support; they can deliver data-driven insights about your sleep.
Matrix smart mattress
Matrix for example, has developed a smart mattress and companion app that uses ballistocardiography to track heart rate variability (HRV). Considered a key indicator of overall health, HRV is effectively the inconsistency between your heart beats. A high HRV is generally correlated to a healthy diet and sufficient sleep, whereas a low HRV tends to indicate a lower fitness level and higher amounts of stress.
Let’s also not forget about Sleep Number beds. With SleepIQ technology, the mattresses are loaded with sensors that can track your sleep and adjust your desired level of firmness. An app can give you details on how well you slept and offer suggestions on ways to sleep better (hint: go to bed earlier).
Snore No More
If you oryour partner can snore like a freight train, chances are neither of you are sleeping very well. You owe it to yourself and your relationship to quiet those z’s. There are all kinds of products that promise to help, but Nora, a smart snoring solution, claims to be a cut above the rest. (At the very least, it doesn’t include funny looking tubes and masks.)
The system includes a wireless mic, which sits on the snorer’s nightstand, an air pump, and inflatable device that goes under the pillow. When you start snoring, Nora gently moves your head so you stop before your partner wakes up. The slight movement in your head stimulates your neck and throat muscles and opens the airway so you can breathe again.