So apparently, it’s a big deal to get 7 hours of quality sleep each night, something that most of us are unable to achieve, due to a myriad of reasons ranging from busy jobs to family commitments, as well as a lack of work life balance.
Well, this worrying trend has now transcended into the world of gizmos, evident at the CES 2018, where there was a significant increase in focus not only in terms of tracking sleeping patterns, but also improving it!
When we think about health and wellness, most of us tend to focus on the physical and nutritional aspects, which includes physical activity and watching what we consume.
However, we tend to forget the fact that our body does its maintenance work when we sleep. In layman terms, it means that our body actually repairs itself while we are in dreamland. No kidding!
A good night’s worth of sleep can result in numerous benefits, including lower stress levels and better mental and physical performances. In short, you tend to feel better about yourself and life in general after a good sleep.
Which leads us back to the reason why the big boys at CES 2018 were all getting into the "sleeping business".
Nokia has released a new sleep tracking sensor which slips underneath your mattress and detects your movement. This is perfect for folks who do not enjoy wearing a device to bed. Oh, and it monitors your snoring too. This device will deliver the usual sleep cycle breakdown, as well as a ‘sleep score’ so you can look at how to improve your quality of sleep.
This headband is designed to be worn while you sleep, with hidden sensors that track your brain wave activity. Little speakers will play white noise patterns to lull you back to deep sleep when periods of slow-wave sleep is detected. (I’m super impressed just from typing this)
This French start-up offers a headband similar to the SmartSleep but this gadget has a pulse oxymeter for detecting your heart rate and respiration, bone-conducting speakers for audio, and an accelerometer for detecting movement. Pretty much the same concept as the Philips SmartSleep.
This gizmo is different from the rest because it does not even need to be near your bed. Simply plug it into a wall socket and it will make use of sound-masking technology to reduce ambient noise that may keep you awake.
With so much being said, it actually boils down to individuals when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. You can actually make a big difference by making some teeny weeny changes in your lifestyle.
• Turn off all alerts on my mobile phone when I go to bed
• Wake up at a consistent time every day (within 1 hour)
• Do not consume caffeine after 2pm (a minimum of 6 hours before bed)
• Be in bed with my eyes closed at least 7.5 hours before I need to wake up
Simply choose one habit that you can commit to for the next 3 weeks and keep at it. It’s that simple! In the meantime, good night and sweet dreams……
Gary Yang is a myActiveSG Editor and Presenter. Gary started his career as a suit cum copywriter at an advertising agency, followed by a successful stint in Corporate Communications with Singapore Press Holdings and Asia Pacific Breweries, before eventually joining the editorial team at Sport Singapore. He now turns his attention to fitness and wellness headlines and sniffing out news angles in the sporting arena.