A good start to a day begins the night before with a restful bout of sleep, but securing some shut-eye can sometimes feel like a luxury. We also all know it is important to maintain an average of eight hours of sleep a day, but the quantity of sleep is negligible if its quality is poor.
Sleep technology (a term that seems ironic, because bedtime is the only period we can escape the constant ringing of our phones) is a solution to add to your bedside to help you secure a sound night’s rest. There has been so much hype around sleep technology that market researchers are stating it will amount to an S$80 billion landscape by 2020. It seems like the success in this arena is due to the fact that everyone could use some added help, especially those who are looking for non-medicinal alternatives to lull themselves to bed at night.
If you want a better night’s sleep, read on to find six of the latest gadgets to get your hands on.
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Muse is a device you that guides you to deep relaxation. The headband measures your brain activity through sensors placed on the forehead and behind your ears, but worry not, as the Bluetooth radio waves used in Muse claim to be 100 times less intense than those emitted by mobile phones.
The data collected is available in an application that allows you to track when your mind shifts back and forth as you meditate. The headband is best used with earphones connected to the Muse app, where you’ll be given a choice to listen to music based on environments you want to mentally situate yourself in, like in the rainforests in Bali or the beaches in the Maldives.
If you struggle with relaxation, Muse is the perfect device that guides you to calmness, especially during the quiet before bedtime. Also, its tracking capacity lets you figure out works best for you, so you can program your own path to good sleep.
S$340. Available here.
The Somnox is essentially a smart pillow. Instead of resting your head on it, the Somnox is meant to be cuddled and nestled, hence its moniker, the cuddly robot.
When held, the pillow initiates a breathing rhythm that people would automatically sync with — a form of guided meditation that doubles as a non-medicinal alternative to catch those Z’s. Somnox can be controlled and customised via a proprietary app that lets you preset the right breathing pace and the sounds that play from its built-in speaker. Though it was invented for those who suffer from stress-related insomnia, the Somnox appeals as a useful tool for everyone desperate for beauty sleep. It will be released in October 2018.
S$796. For more information, click here.
The Magni Smartech is a smart anti-snoring bed manufactured by Italian mattress-maker Magniflex. Launched at CES 2018, it claims to be the future of sleep tech. Although customisable elevated beds are not new, the Magni Smartech comes with the technology to automatically change positions based on when you or your partner snores. This way, your sleep is free of interruption by any unwanted noise.
The bed is equipped for chromotherapy. Choose a colour on the Magniflex app that will help soothe your body and mind before you fall asleep. There are also sleep-monitoring functions that will measure your quality of sleep, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, hours slept and also how much movement there is in a night’s sleep.
S$27,275. Available here.
This sleep system by Circadia is a three-in-one sleep monitor, therapy lamp and speaker. It also tracks the temperature, humidity and sound in your environment, as well as your sleep behaviour to resync your circadian rhythm back to the status quo.
Circadia recommends using the sleep system half an hour before bedtime so that the light therapy can help you naturally release melatonin, which winds your body down. It is also compatible with Alexa and Spotify, letting you play relaxing music as you snooze. It is available via pre-orders before its launch in October 2018.
S$306. For more information, click here.
Throw out your regulation earbuds for these latest Noise-masking Sleepbuds from Bose. The smart earpiece comes with a built-in speaker that can be used to play soothing music optimised for relaxation, and also as an alarm that can be set via the Bose Sleep app. This way, you can get up ready for the day without having people around you affected by blaring alarm sounds.
The buds come in three sizes and have a 16-hour battery life when fully charged. These are not noise-cancelling though, so you will still be able to hear fire alarms or a toddler crying in the next room, which is a useful feature to have in an emergency.
S$341. Available here.
The Aromarest is a powerful little gadget that infuses three different senses together to maximise your night’s sleep: sight, sound and scent.
The lamp is also a diffuser and speaker that can be customised via the Aromarest app. On the app, there are 96 million coloured LEDs to choose from that can simulate sunset and sunrise via chromotherapy, which helps you unwind. The built-in diffuser can be used with any aroma oils, and it activates during the first and last 30 minutes of your day.
The Bluetooth speaker has pre-loaded music on the app with ocean sounds, rain, white noise and more. It will be released in fall 2018 but are the company is taking pre-orders now.
S$164. For more information, click here.