Manufacturer of luxury beds, Plushbeds, has found in a poll taken of a thousand people that just under half of them (46.7 percent) make use of sleep technology, traditionally in the form of an app, to get to bed in the evening. Mobile sleep technology has been around for over ten years but was really boosted by the advent of Apple’s iPhone in the 2000s.
The American technology giant released an app they called Sleep Cycle that monitored the sleep patterns of its users, and an algorithm would wake them up when their sleep was at its lightest.
As the technology improved, the app became more sophisticated and today over 37 million people use it globally.
Other companies subsequently saw the market grow and sleep technology moved from the pocket to the wrist with the technology now featuring on Apple’s Watch, the Biostrap band and Fitbits.
The bedside table has not been immune to this either, with the Dodow sleep machine and the Homni Lamp proving popular sleeping accoutrements.
In the research, in which PlushBeds polled 1,000 people to explore their sleep habits, respondents using sleep technology were more than 22 percent more likely to be satisfied with their sleep.
Nearly 50 percent were more likely to have great quality sleep than those forgoing sleep tech.
However, whilst sleeping technology is most popular amongst younger people (the poll found those aged 25 and under were the most common users), not everyone uses or feels comfortable adopting sleep technology.
The NHS has put together some lifestyle tips and changes that you can make in order to sleep better through the long winter nights ahead.
The first of these is to have a regular routine, day in, day out.
By getting up and going to bed at the same time every day, the body can adjust and fall into a rhythm.
In contrast, variations on this may have the opposite effect.Exercise after work is a good way not only to make yourself tired but is also beneficial for your mental health.
When you do moderate exercise, such as swimming or jogging, your body releases endorphins such as serotonin and dopamine that make you happier and more relaxed.
This exercise, so long as it isn’t too intense or too late, helps the body to relax before bed.
Whilst it may seem simple, it helps to create a restful sleeping environment by keeping the lighting, noise and temperature controlled.
Make sure your bed is comfortable too, not too hard or too soft, too small or too old.
As with protecting you against diseases, it is also recommended that you cut out smoking and heavy drinking.
Drinking alcohol may be a relaxant, helping you into that initial sleep, but will have the effect of disrupting your sleep later on.
The nicotine in cigarettes is a stimulant and will cause you to take longer to fall asleep.
The same principle applies to caffeine, so it’s best to avoid consuming any drinks containing the drug in the late-afternoon or evening.