How sleep technology can improve your sleep environment
Have you ever woken up after a full 8 hours sleep, and still felt tired and lethargic? Perhaps you’ve already followed the tips to create the ideal sleep environment, paying special attention to ensure your bedroom is comfortable, and you’re still not sleeping soundly. It can be frustrating, especially if you can’t pin point exactly what is disrupting your sleep. But take heart – help is at hand!
What is sleep technology?
Sleep-focused technology has advanced at a rapid rate in the last few years. Smart sleep technology can not only track your sleep cycles and duration, it can help you identify the environmental and lifestyle factors that may be affecting your sleep quality, and provide suggestions on how to make positive changes to improve your sleep.
How can it help?
The ideal environment for sleep is a dark, cool and quiet space. Back in caveman times, this was reasonably easy to find, but in today’s busy connected world, things such as screen time, bright lights, loud noises, uncomfortable temperatures, and caffeine disrupt our natural sleep routine.
Humans are primarily diurnal – that is, they are active in the daytime (as opposed to nocturnal), and sleep at night. The natural 24-hour clock (known as circadian rhythm) naturally makes us feel alert or sleepy at certain points throughout the day. This means light plays a vital role in the alertness and restfulness of our brain – daylight acts as a wake-up call to start the day, while darkness activates melatonin (our sleep hormone), which prepares us for sleep naturally. If you find you are struggling to fall asleep, and stay asleep naturally – there are some nifty sleep technology devices to assist!
AH Beard’s Sleep technology products, notably the A.H. Beard Nox Smart Sleep Light, monitors and improves your sleep environment. The Nox Light produces a spectrum of coloured light that enhances your body’s natural sleep cycle. From soothing red light, which increases levels of melatonin – your body’s natural sleep hormone, to soft yellow and bright white lights that simulate the changing colours of the sunrise. The Nox Light also plays soothing sounds and relaxing music to help you fall asleep and wake gently. Plus, built in sensors monitor the temperature, humidity, light and noise in your bedroom, so you can create the ideal conditions for sleep.
For a complete smart sleep experience – pair the Nox Smart Sleep Light with the A.H. Beard RestOn Sleep Tracker. RestOn monitors your sleep cycles, heart rate, respiratory rate and body movements, and provides a comprehensive analysis of your sleep. When these two smart devices are used together, RestOn will let Nox know when you have fallen asleep and turn the light and sound off automatically. In the morning, RestOn alerts Nox to wake you at the lightest point in your sleep cycle, so you always wake up feeling refreshed. This data is connected to the AHB Sleep Tracker App to help you review and change your sleep environment to one that is most suited for your ideal sleep.
We cannot control everything in our lives (unfortunately!), however incorporating sleep technology can help you understand not only the quality of your sleep, but also your sleep environment. Is your bedroom quiet enough? Is it dark enough? Perhaps your bedroom is warmer than it should be. Sleep Technology can help bring these factors to your attention, and by making changes accordingly – you will be on your way to better sleep!