Removing electronic devices (e.g., smartphones, televisions, and computers) from the bedroom to ensure a better night’s rest is not only recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but is proven to enhance sleep.
But a tech-free bedroom will soon be a recommendation of the past. “Sleep, which we might have thought to be the last refuge where you can just leave your body at rest, has now become a focus for technological development,” comments L’Atelier.
The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas showed an increasing number of startups working on collecting sleep data with the ultimate aim of improving people’s sleep with less-intrusive technologies. From connected headbands, to bracelets, to smart pillows and mattresses, companies are determined to use technology to create sleep-friendly environments. And these start-ups’ determination is timely, as the sleep tech sector is booming.
Below are three fascinating sleep tech specimens:
The World’s First Smart Bed
“For a long time, mattress specialists have been saying that the support provided by a mattress plays a vital role in the quality of our sleep,” writes L’Atelier. Atlanta, Georgia-based ReST (Responsive Surface Technology) took note of this fact and developed a smart bed that hit the market two years ago. The concept behind the bed is for consumers to be able to adjust the mattress support according to their unique body needs. Proven to be quite popular, the ReST bed is due to be launched in a number of hotels next year.
Moona: A Temperature-Regulating Pillow
Developed in partnership with the University Hospital Centre in Nantes, western France, Moona is the pillow dreams are made of and has already garnered close to $150,000 in investment on Kickstarter. This smart pillow tracks sleep and enhances it by keeping head temperature at an ideal level throughout the night. L’Atelier explains that Moona adjusts temperature according to each point in the sleep cycle: low temp when you go to sleep, then higher at the end of the night so that you wake up at a comfortable temperature and can get moving faster.
The Headband Combating Insomnia
French start-up Rythm, which works with neurotechnology, has just launched Dreem: a headband that measures brain activity, and cardiac and respiratory rates, and produces pink noise which it transmits by bone conduction. “This wearable device thus not only analyzes your sleep patterns but seeks to improve your sleep quality during the slow-wave phase, [stimulating] the brain and encouraging recuperation,” shares L’Atelier.
To read more about sleep tech, the technology that comes to bed with you, go to L’Atelier.
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