We use technology each and every day, whether it’s communicating with friends and family, navigating directions or searching for information. We even use technology to improve our health and wellbeing – so why aren’t we using it to improve our sleep, too?
When it comes to sleeping well, screens are usually a no-go. Smart phones, iPads, and TVs are distracting and counterintuitive to a good night’s rest. But when used correctly, the right technology can help us improve our sleep by equipping us with the right knowledge.
Similarly, tracking our sleep is the first step to understanding our sleep patterns. It’s not just the amount of sleep that’s important (the optimum is 7-9 hours a night), but also the quality of that sleep, too. Are you tossing and turning, taking a long time to fall asleep or waking up every few hours? If you are, you’re not alone. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, 33-45% Australian adults do not get enough sleep.  Similarly, according to the Massey Sleep Wake Centre, one in four New Zealanders are not getting adequate sleep. 
Read on to see how our sleep technology can help you achieve a better night’s sleep every night, and wake up feeling more rested for the day ahead.
Similar to a fitness tracker, a sleep device can provide an overview of how well you’re sleeping – and accordingly advise what may be causing restlessness at night. Sleep devices monitor how deeply you’re sleeping, how long you’re sleeping for, and provide tips on what you can do to make improvements. Some, like the A.H. Beard RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor are also capable of analysing your sleep heart rate, respiratory rate, and body movements, so you can get a better understanding of the way you sleep. It then delivers sleep insights straight to your mobile, allowing you to make adjustments to your sleep conditions, or lifestyle, as needed. With smart technology like this at our fingertips, it’s no wonder many people around the world are making strategic adjustments to enhance sleep quality and boost productivity at work.
Being too hot or too cold is often the reason we lie awake at night; our body temperature and bedroom temperature both playing a crucial role in the quality of our sleep. The ideal temperature for a good night’s sleep is 18-22°C. The A.H. Beard Nox Smart Sleep Light measures the temperature in your room, giving you the information you need to decide whether to warm or cool the room.
Smart Sleep Lights
The light in your bedroom plays a bigger role than you think in affecting the amount of sleep you’re getting. Artificial blue lights from smart phones and other devices stimulate the brain when it should be winding down – counterproductive to what nature intended. Smart sleep lights provide a solution, as they help ease your sleeping patterns back to a more natural state. The A.H. Beard Nox Smart Sleep Light emits a spectrum of coloured light that enhances the body’s natural sleep cycle. At bedtime, the Nox offers soothing red light to help you fall asleep – red light increasing levels of melatonin (your body’s natural sleep hormone) to help you drift off. And when it’s time to wake, the Nox emits warm yellow and bright white lights that simulate the changing colours of the sunrise. This allows you to wake up more naturally.
The Nox Smart Sleep Light also measures the humidity, light and noise levels in your room, as well as temperature. It then sends a report to your smartphone with a rundown of which conditions in your bedroom environment may need changing to ensure you get your best night’s sleep.
It’s no secret that we all sleep differently and that everyone has their preferred sleeping position. Our technology enables adjustable sleeping options, so you can customise your sleep sanctuary until it’s just right. A.H. Beard’s Adjustable Bed Bases allow you to elevate the head and foot to find your perfect positioning for sleep or relaxation – resulting in immense comfort and health benefits for both individuals and partners.
Raise both your back and legs in the ‘Zero-G’ position, to alleviate pressure on your lower back – a common pain point for many. Similarly, raising your head slightly helps open the airways, to help reduce snoring and ease symptoms of acid reflux.
Some mattresses are intelligently designed to help you rest more comfortably than others. A.H. Beard’s Domino mattresses possess individually-wrapped pocket springs that contour to your body’s shape, minimising partner disturbance. Designed for optimum rest and physical relief, A.H. Beard Domino is the official mattress partner of the Australian Institute of Sport. Domino mattresses come in a range of pressure-relieving comfort options, so you can choose a style that suits your sleep needs most – helping you to sleep soundly, and wake up feeling rejuvenated!
Why not optimise your bedroom with technology that allows you to get your best rest yet, allowing you to have a more productive day tomorrow? Browse our smart sleep solutions today to find out which ones are right for you.