This week’s Lust List is all about sleep-tracking tech.
Why? Because with the clocks set to change this weekend, we’re all going to get an extra hour in bed. Hoorah!
But what’s the point in getting extra time for snoozing if you’re not making the most of it? Sleep-based tech has come a long way since someone invented the alarm clock.
There are now a heap of different gadgets you can wear whilst you kip that’ll give you insight into how your body is faring once the lights go out. That data can tell you if you need to alter your bedtime or maybe dial back the caffeine intake a little bit.
Strap any of the following gadgets on next time you hit the hay and you’ll have that circadian rhythm back on track in no time.
This bedside gadget projects a soft, pulsing light on to your ceiling and encourages you to match the waves with your breathing. Much like a guided sleep meditation, the shift in breathing rhythm encourages deeper relaxation and the faster onset of sleep.
Another non-invasive active sleep enhancer, the Rhythm headset delivers pre-programmed electromagnetic therapy (PEMF) sessions. Pulsed electromagnetic waves, each with scientifically determined frequencies, work with your natural brain waves to help you find calm, deep relaxation and improve sleep.
Muse S headband
The Muse S features researchgrade EEG technology that passively senses brain activity, movement and heart rate.
The insights power sleep-specific coached meditation sessions that help you fall asleep faster and rest better.
Audio can be a powerful sleep-inducer and this soft headphone-headband lines up an arsenal of auditory options to help combat restlessness, from whispered stories and guided meditations to soundscapes and white noise. It’s also compatible with other apps.
Prefer to hit the Land of Nod nude? Oura tracks sleep without the discomfort of a constrictive watch. It’ll clock how quickly you drift off, the time spent in each sleep stage and nightly heart-rate patterns.
Apple Watch Series 6
WatchOS 7 brought basic sleep-tracking to the Apple Watch but it’s the array of third-party sleep-inducing apps, tools and trackers that really makes this smart timepiece a powerful partner for creating more effective night-time rituals.
The Sense’s bedroom prowess goes beyond simple sleep-tracking, with smart alarms to wake you during light sleep and skin temperature sensors to reveal sleep-impacting body heat shifts.
It’s also got a six-day battery so needs recharging less often. You can read our full in-depth review of the Fitbit Sense here.
Ayo Light Therapy Glasses
A 20-minute dose of Ayo’s sunlight-mimicking beneficial blue-turquoise light signals your body to wake up by suppressing the level of melatonin.
Then when it’s time to sleep, melatonin surges, speeding up your shutdown.
This app-controlled neurostimulation headset fires safe electrical impulses into the part of the brain that controls circadian rhythms and sleep patterns, stimulating neurons that can help particularly troubled sleepers drift off faster and wake less frequently during the night.
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