Getting a good night’s sleep is, for the most part, something that is very separate from technology and digital devices; instead of helping people get better sleep quality, it seems that the rise of smartphones and tablets has only caused more people to encounter sleep disturbances. In fact, it’s true that many Americans have chronic sleep and wake problems and a high percentile wake up in the middle of the night on a regular basis.
Putting away your e-reader or laptop before bed can definitely help you relax and be ready to fall asleep faster, but on the other hand, there have been some impressive technological advances recently that may help your overall sleep quality. Here are just a few examples:
- Sleep Cycle alarm clock app:For the tech-savvy smartphone users, there are several different mobile apps that can help you create an optimal sleep schedule for your natural circadian rhythms. The Sleep Cycle app uses the microphone or motion sensor on your smartphone to measure your sleep stages through the night, and it will wake you up in the morning when you’re in a lighter stage of your sleep schedule.
- Quell:Quell is a “wearable technology” wrap that may provide relief for chronic pain, and many even consider it to be a good alternative to Aspirin. Using electrodes to stimulate sensory nerves and diminish pain signals, it’s a possible solution for long term joint pain or stiffness. It even comes with a sleep tracking feature now so that you can monitor your overall sleep quality while you wear it.
- Adjustable beds and mattresses:Because the human body is naturally shaped in a curve (an “s” shape), flat beds simply don’t provide the support that the body needs during the night. A adjustable bed, such as the Craftmatic® Adjustable Bed, is remote-controlled and adjusts to fit the contours of your body.
Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage, may provide temporary relief of low back pain, minor aches and pains due to muscular fatigue or overexertion, edema or swelling of the legs, poor local blood circulation of the legs, symptoms of hiatus hernia, symptoms of gastric reflux, nighttime heartburn. The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from mild arthritis and joint pain, as well as muscle pain associated with stress and tension. Sleeping in an upright position may reduce or ease light and occasional snoring.