Recovery: These gadgets help you sleep better

These gadgets help you sleep better

A good night’s sleep is important for health.

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If you want to start the day relaxed, you should have slept well. But what should you do if you have problems with it?

As for many other things in everyday life, there are technical devices that may help people with sleep problems. Here is a selection of gadgets that could help you start the day more relaxed.

What helps with falling asleep?

Today’s digital world can be partly to blame for problems falling asleep. Experts warn of constant availability and of the screen light generated by computers, televisions, smartphones and the like. So why not ban technology with a display from the bedroom! But isn’t that totally boring then? A loudspeaker with a voice assistant, such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant, can be used to slowly shut down before going to sleep.

With their eyes closed, users can have relaxing rain noises played for them on command or delve into a good audio book – completely without colorful pictures or constant bombardment with further content. The loudspeaker can be switched off automatically after half an hour using a timer. There are smart speakers from countless providers, including Sonos, Bose, Teufel or directly from Google, Amazon and Apple.

No more snoring?

A healthy sleep is not infrequently disturbed by one’s own snoring or that of a partner. Philips would like to counteract restless nights with the “Smart Sleep Snoring Relief Band”. This is a belt that is put on before going to bed and has a sensor. This sensor determines the wearer’s sleeping position at night.

The belt is only intended for people who snore when they are lying on their back. If it is detected that the sleeper is lying on their back, the belt sends out vibrations that are intended to induce the wearer to turn on their side. This in turn should then cause the snoring to stop. The manufacturer emphasizes that this is not a medical device. The belt is not intended for the treatment of sleep apnea, i.e. breathing pauses during sleep.

Monitor sleep

The Withings “Sleep Analyzer” is a sensor mat that is positioned under the mattress of the bed. According to the company, the device was developed in collaboration with sleep medicine specialists from Béclère Hospital in Paris. Several sensors are supposed to collect data during sleep. Heart rate, breathing patterns and movements are measured, among other things. In addition, the mat should also detect snoring.

By measuring the heart rate, it should be determined, for example, how much time is spent in deep sleep. The data collected is then analyzed and forwarded to an associated app when you get up. The processed information can also be shared with a doctor, for example.

The suggestions mentioned cannot replace a visit to the doctor. If you have serious and persistent sleep disorders, you should seek the advice of a healthcare professional.