Wait, aren’t experts always saying that tech is ruining our sleep?
Well, yes, mainly because the blue light that devices like your iPhone emit while you scroll through Instagram in bed is not great for setting you up for a night of solid shut-eye.
But the industry that sells better sleep is also getting smart in some very cool new ways, from a mattress that tracks your breathing and movement so you can analyze your sleep patterns to an eye mask that measure your brain waves and delivers light therapy to prevent and cure jet lag.
I’ve been having a rough time sleeping lately— tons of travel, the usual kid stresses, and being sick for waaay too long has messed up my ability to get a good night’s rest. So I’m all about these sleep trackers, and using them to improve the quality of my sleep.
Here are the three products I’m most excited about right now.
Sleep Number’s It Bed ($799–$1499) is essentially the mattress of the future. Sensors in the bed track your breathing, heart rate, and movement and then deliver stats like a SleepIQ score in a companion app, which links to data from your fitness tracker, so you can even see how your workouts may affect your sleep. You can also adjust the firmness of each side of the bed individually from the app.
the mattress cover
If you don’t want to commit to a whole new bed, Eight ($349–369) has some similar functions but is a cover that you can fit over any old mattress. Sensors in the cover track 15 factors related to your sleep—from your heart rate and sleep cycles to room temperature and noise—and the data is then presented to you in an app to analyze. Other great features: It can set a smart alarm that wakes you up “lightly,” warm your bed to different temperatures on each side, and integrate with other smart home systems like Nest.
the eye mask
Any simple eye mask can improve sleep by blocking out light, but Neuroon ($299) takes the product to an entirely new level. First, sensors in the mask measure your brainwaves to collect and analyze sleep data that’s genuinely useful. For frequent flyers, It also delivers light therapy, which has been shown in many research studies to reduce jet lag, and its smart napping feature uses an algorithm to recommend the best time for you to take a power nap.
Have you tried any devices that promise to improve sleep? If so, did they work? Share with me in the comments, below!