Millions of people suffer from insomnia and lack of sleep. It is becoming a serious problem that is affecting more and more people due to our lifestyle, health and diet. Studies have shown that working with computers or staring at LED screens for extended periods of time affects our ability to sleep soundly at night. However, due to the nature of our jobs, this may not be something that most people can avoid.
Fortunately, advancement in science and extensive studies in sleep deprivation have given birth to many gadgets and products that are designed to help those with sleeping problems. We have gathered 12 of the best sleep gadgets that you can buy today that have been proven to help sleep deprived people get a better night’s sleep.
Let us start with the basics. A good night’s sleep requires a good mattress. Hunting for the perfect mattress make most people feel like Goldilocks. It is not easy to find that perfect mattress that is not too hard and not too soft. The Tuft & Needle Mattress is designed to be the most universally comfortable foam mattress. Hard enough to give you ample support but still soft enough to prevent any uncomfortable pressure points.
The other unique feature about the Turf & Needle Mattress is that it ships to you in a surprisingly small box. The mattress is compressed to a fraction of its actual thickness. Just lay the thin mattress on your bed frame, cut open the plastic covering and watch it expand to size.
Next, you need a good pillow to go with your good mattress. We recommend the Dreampad Music Relaxation Pillow. As the name suggests, this is no ordinary pillow. It plays music or soothing sounds to help you sleep. However, it is not like sticking a speaker under a pillow. The Dreampad pillow has Intrasound Technology that transmit sound via vibrations that travel through your body and into your inner ear.
Not only does this mean that you won’t be disturbing your sleeping partner but Intrasound Technology is more calming and relaxing compared to just listening to relaxation sounds via a speaker. Furthermore, the Dreampad has Bluetooth connectivity allowing you play wirelessly from your smartphone or music player.
Not many people realize that your beddings play an important role in getting a good night’s sleep. A softer and silkier sheet make a world of difference between getting uninterrupted sleep and being woken up by scratchy, uncomfortable sheets in the middle of the night.
SHEEX Original Performance Bedding are not only softer and silkier than traditional cotton sheets but they are also transfer body heat more efficiently. They help to maintain optimum thermal conditions for sleeping as your body temperature fluctuates throughout the night.
One way to improve your sleep quality is by actually monitoring your sleep. Knowing how well you sleep is important for tackling a sleep problem. There are many devices available on the market today that help to monitor sleep. Most of these devices require the user to wear it during the night and usually it is worn on the wrist.
Not only do you have to remember to wear the device before you sleep, some users may not be comfortable wearing a monitoring device while they sleep. If you prefer not to wear a monitoring device at all, the Beddit Sleep Tracker may be what you need.
To use it, you just place the sensor under the bedsheet. It tracks sleep time, heart rate, snoring, breathing and night-time events. It also features a smart alarm that wakes you up at the optimum time plus it monitors your results and advises you on how to improve your sleep and wellness.
One major reason for interrupted sleep is noise. This can be noise coming from the stray cat behind your house or your neighbor’s crying baby in the middle of the night or even the constant pounding from the nearby construction site disturbing your afternoon nap. It might surprise you that the remedy for noises that interrupt your sleep is by creating more noise.
Your brain has a funny way to deal with noises. The sound from a constantly dripping tap drive most people up the wall but the sound of thousands of raindrops can be very soothing. This is because when the brain receives too many sound inputs, it automatically blocks out the sound. That is why you can hear each and every drop from a leaky tap but the thousands of raindrops get filtered out.
The Dohm-DS All Natural Sound Machine uses this phenomenon to help block out irritating sounds that disturb your sleep. It generates white noise which is actually a constant stream of soothing sounds that work like the sound from a rainfall. Normal disruptive noises get blocked out thus giving much more restful sleep.
The Withings Aura is another sleep tracker that does not require the sleeper to wear a sleep monitoring device. However, unlike the Beddit, the sleep sensor is placed under the mattress, not the sheets. The Aura also has an extra component that looks the cross between a table fan and a lamp.
While the sensor monitor your sleep quality, the lamp or Smart Wake Up Light not only gently wakes you up by lighting up your room but it also helps you go to sleep by emitting a reddish light that simulates a sunset as well as help with the secretion of Melatonin in your body. Melatonin is the hormone that your body naturally produces to help you sleep.
A comfortable temperature is vital to having a good night’s sleep. How many times have you woken up to kick away the covers because it’s too warm or searching frantically in the dark for the cover because it was too cold? BedJet helps solve this problem by monitoring your biorhythm and adjusting the temperature as you sleep.
Your body temperature falls and rises throughout the night and BedJet keeps your body at the optimum temperature. It does this by blowing temperature controlled air in between the sheets. Since you only need to control the temperature between the sheets, you get your preferred temperature much faster and you don’t have to cool or heat an entire room thus saving you energy and money.
BedJet can also work independently for 2 sleepers on the same bed by letting each occupant set his or her own preferred temperature. No more fighting over the room thermostat setting.
Are you an anxious new parent who can’t sleep because of your need to constantly check on your newborn? The MonBaby is a sleep tracker for babies. It snaps on to the baby’s clothing and it wirelessly monitors the baby’s breathing movements, sleep position, activity and proximity. If it detects anything out of the ordinary, it sends an alert to an app on the parent’s smartphone.
With MonBaby parents can sleep soundly with the assurance that if something goes wrong, MonBaby will be there to alert them.
If you are not a parent of a baby, you still may not get enough hours of beauty sleep if you have young children who wake up way too early on weekends and barge into your bedroom. Strangely, these early risers require you to wake them up for school on school days.
What you need is the OK to Wake Children’s Alarm Clock. Instead of just telling the time, this alarm clock is designed to let young children when it is okay to wake up. It has a soft yellow glow that also doubles up as a night light that tells the kids it is not time to wake up yet. When it turns green, they can go to their no-longer-surprised parents’ room.
Sense is not just a sleep tracker but a complete sleep system that consists of a sleep monitoring device, a smart alarm and a sound machine. Instead of a sensor that you put under the sheets or mattress, the tracker is a small device about the size of a quarter that you clip to your pillow. It pairs up with a monitoring device that sits on your bedside table.
The monitoring goes beyond just monitoring the quality of your sleep. If there are disturbances in the night that disturbs your sleep such as loud noises, bright lights or high humidity, Sense will record these and let you review them in the morning. It is like having someone observe you sleeping through the night and reports to you the next morning. The idea is that with the report generated, you may be able to do something about it and thus get better sleep in the future.
The sound machine works similarly to the Dohn-DS white noise generator. It helps you sleep by playing soothing ambient sounds that mask disruptive noises.
Some people can sleep perfectly well on their own beds but when it comes to sleeping on a plane, it is a nightmare. Unless you are one of the lucky few who can afford to travel in Business Class whenever you fly, you no doubt understand the difficulties of trying to get some sleep while flying.
Neck pillows don’t work for most people because most don’t provide enough support to prevent your head from rolling around. The FaceCradle works around this by not just supporting your neck but your entire head. It looks totally strange and you might actually need to work up your courage to actually use it on a plane. But trust us and the thousands of supporters who pledged their support on the FaceCradle crowd sourcing campaign, it works!
What makes the FaceCradle different is that it offers you 5 different ways to use it. You can use it like a normal neck pillow as well if you like but once you have tried sleeping face down with your body leaning forward, you don’t ever want to do it any other way.
If all the sleeping aids above still do not get you enough sleep at night, there is still hope. What you need is the Aros Inflatable Sleep Hoodie that allows you to catch quick power naps just about anywhere.
When you can no longer keep your eyes open, just give the inflatable hoodie a few quick puffs, lie down or lean back and catch some much needed sleep. Perfect for those who have to wake up early to catch a long commute to work. Now you can get more rest on your way to work and back.