Not many of us get enough sleep anymore. There are countless distractions in our surroundings it is easy to see why many of us struggle in getting the recommended eight hours of sleep our body needs in order to grow healthy and strong and have enough energy to last the entire day without feeling drowsy. It is true that there are many things that keep us busy nowadays and it has to do with too much technology use. However, have you ever thought that technology can also be used to your advantage and benefit your health as well and not just as a nuisance we all think it to be?
Yes, sleep technology exists. Technology does not revolve around just for your pure entertainment. They have various uses depending on what you need. Fortunately, bright minds have come up with sleep technology that works in promoting sleep health and in even addressing some of the symptoms and complaints of people suffering from a sleep disorder. Who would’ve thought cuddling a robot now can help you sleep better? I’m sure most of you haven’t thought about this at all but there is a robot technology now that will allow you to have a robot buddy in your sleep. It’s unlike any robot you have seen because it looks just like a small beanie, albeit heavier, which you can snuggle in your sleep and actually breathes. Its breathing is the one that soothes and calms you as you drift off to dreamland and the reason why people are shelling out 500 euros just so they can get back on lost sleep.
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Trouble sleeping? There’s an app for that, but I’d rather take a look at this slightly odd nap buddy: the Somnox sleep robot at €500. Instead of a stuffed animal, you snuggle up to a robot to help you beat insomnia. I’m slightly freaked out. It’s not the fact the website encourages you to “spoon the sleep robot”. It’s not that it offers three ways to soothe you to sleep and one of those is tagged “affection”. It’s that it breathes. The robot breathes. Apparently, it’s a way to help reduce stress, and it’s backed up by studies. Personally, waking in the middle of the night clutching an inaminate object that suddenly moves sounds a little terrifying. Snuggle up.
Spooning with this robot does a lot of wonder to the sleep-deprived. Somnox may not be what you have in mind to be sleeping with but if you’re someone who is struggling in your slumber and goes through your days in a sleepless limbo, it won’t hurt if you give this humble (yet expensive) robot a try. But if you’re someone with a diagnosed sleep disorder, check with your doctor first because you definitely need something backed by medical science to solve your problem.
Nokia has been deepening the company’s position in health and wellness, and this year adds sleep tech to its device ecosystem. Nokia acquired Withings several years ago, growing its position in consumer health tracking from weight scales to activity and fitness. Nokia Sleep is the company’s CES 2018 offering with the tagline, “Know your nights. Master your days,” which is part of a larger communications strategy asserting, “Know Yourself.” (Good coverage of this campaign is in this issue of Advertising Age). To help us improve our sleep, Nokia has developed a sleep sensing pad that is placed under the sleeper’s mattress and measures his sleep cycles, heart rate, and snoring.
On the app front, welcome Shleep, developed by a European team led by Dr. Els van der Helm, with roots in clinical psychology and sleep studies. The app offers bite-sized sleep coaching lessons based on the user’s information and preferences.
In the CES 2018, different sleep technologies were showcased in the digital health category. At a time and age when tech is a major distraction to our sleep, it is refreshing to see technology designed to improve the overall sleeping experience. There is a wide range of sleep things to explore and try such as apps, lights, bed, masks, and of course, our huggable sleeping robot. What’s interesting to note is that many people are actually excited to see these sleep technologies as more people become aware of the dangers of sleep deprivation. These gadgets just prove that you don’t have to suffer in silence because of any condition that prevents you from enjoying a good night’s sleep.
If you are someone with sleep apnea, though, you can benefit from devices that are proven by science to not only improve sleep but address the dangers of this silent killer. If you aren’t a fan of CPAP and is still getting a second opinion on surgical suggestions, https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/good-morning-snore-solution and https://snoringmouthpiecereview.org/sleeptight are handy anti-snoring mouthpieces that open up the airway in your slumber and facilitates for easy breathing in your sleep. Best of all, they’re affordable so you have no reason to neglect your health anymore and go on with your nights with the risk of not waking up in the morning.
The blog post Sleep Technology To The Rescue is available on TSMR