Learn how you can use technology to get a better sleep!
Many people hear “don’t use your phone before you go to sleep” and often think that technology and sleep do not mix well, but the reality is they mix together better than we think.
There is a growing field in technology called “sleep technology” and it has been an area I have been experimenting with for the past year. I have prioritized sleep because it takes up one-third of our lives and one in three adults do not get enough sleep. If we are wanting to live a great life, I believe it starts with getting our sleep right!
In this article, I will share with you six pieces of technology that will help you get a better sleep!
Item 1 – Oura Ring (https://ouraring.com/)
The Oura Ring is the most advanced sleep tracker on the market. It is a tremendous tool that gives you data to speak into the quality of your sleep such as duration, time in various sleep zones (REM, Deep sleep, sleep efficiency, etc.), heartrate, body temperature and more. A huge benefit to the Oura Ring is that you can set the ring to “airplane mode” which disables any bluetooth signals from the ring for seven days. This is significant because these signals have typically been proven to decrease sleep quality if left on. I love using my Oura Ring because it allows me to understand my sleep patterns and learn from my experiments. It is definitely an investment, but it is one I am happy I made!
Item 2 – Sonic Sleep App (https://sonicsleepcoach.com/)
A great app on your phone that masks background noise in the room you are sleeping in. Additional features I enjoy are the alarm and the “Deep Sleep Stimulation” which plays a delta wave sound that has been shown to increase deeper sleep. Because this app is used through a device, I like to disable notifications to ensure my sleep is not constantly being disrupted. I would highly recommend trying this app as an entry-level tool to increasing your quality of sleep.
How we start our day dictates how our day goes. I use the Philips Wake-Up Light to wake up in the best way possible. The light works by simulating the sunrise. Thirty minutes before your alarm would go off, the light gently illuminates and gets brighter throughout the thirty minutes which allows your body to wake up naturally and gently when it is ready. This technology is based off of natural body patterns that mimic circadian rhythm and leaves me feeling refreshed to start my days. This is my favorite item on the list!
Item 4 – Memory Foam Pillow (https://amzn.to/3cmk49b)
Have you ever stayed overnight at a hotel? The beds often have huge pillows and there are way too many of them, but as much as they make for a great photo opportunity, they are not good for your neck and body when sleeping. I have been getting a better quality sleep since I started using a memory foam pillow. It allows my neck and spine to be properly in line when I sleep and I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed.
Item 5 – Weighted Blanket (https://amzn.to/3dkd3a0)
One of my favorite experiments I have done related to my sleeping patterns has been using a weighted blanket on top of my sheets and comforter. There has been some more data-based research projects, but the scientific community is wanting more definitive proof before they endorse them fully. For now, my opinion is that it has helped me sleep better, so I have invested in one. I would recommend borrowing one from someone you know if you want to try it out before buying your own!
Item 6 – Blackout Curtains (https://amzn.to/2XAtt7m)
Keep light out of your bedroom with blackout curtains and/or blinds. Another way to mimic a natural circadian rhythm is to keep light out of your room caused by light pollution from streetlights, vehicles passing by, etc. A simple addition of some of these curtains can help solve this problem and make a big difference in increasing your quality of sleep.
Now it is time to being your sleep experiment. Try out one, two, or all of these items and see how they affect your sleep. I have been doing this for a year now and I know that I am not going to stop anytime soon!
Watch the full video on “Technology to help you sleep better” on the Greatness Every Day YouTube Channel here.