A number of different factors can affect the quality of one’s sleep. If you’re like most people, you probably sleep well enough most nights, but overall could use a more consistently restful slumber. To help improve the overall quality and consistency of your sleep, the focus of today’s blog is smart home sleep technology and other useful products that combine to contribute to a great night’s sleep. This list includes items that can help to enhance your sleep’s restfulness both directly (aiding in the sleep itself) and indirectly (by giving you peace of mind while you snooze).
Smart Home Sleep Technology
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, few considerations could outweigh the value of a good quality pillow. For this reason, I wanted to explore the qualities of the ZEEQ Smart Pillow.
I haven’t experienced one of these pillows for myself yet, but consider its many features and benefits: Tencel botanic fabric (which is a natural, hypoallergenic fibre that possesses moisture-wicking and heat-regulating and properties); A memory foam pillow core (for the ultimate in comfort); A built-in sound system that lets you (and only you) listen to whatever you want as you sleep or just lay back and relax (there’s even a built-in timer to automatically turn it off after you’ve fallen asleep); And special motion sensors that track the quality of your sleep through the night (via your movements) and then send the collected data to a special app (called the REM-Fit App) for you to analyze on your iOS or Android based smart phone.
That’s quite a mouthful for a product that is, after all, just a pillow. But I guess that maybe saying “just a pillow” doesn’t quite do this thing justice—particularly when considering its built-in snore alarm that vibrates when a certain predetermined snoring sound level is reached (thus prompting you to change your sleeping position to stifle the snoring), and its ability to work with other smart home devices to create IFTTT scenarios. Honestly, the features of this amazing pillow just go on and on. I’m half tempted to pick one up myself and give it a go!
Another smart product comes from Bose. You are probably aware of the great audio produced by Bose headphones and speakers. They also make industry leading noise cancellation technology. Their newest technology, the Bose Noise Masking Sleep Buds, puts some of these features together to benefit your sleep. These are truly wireless (there are no cords), comfortably fit in your ears, and replace unwanted noises like snoring or traffic with soothing, sleep-enhancing sounds. So, instead of being designed to play music, these are designed to replace distracting sounds all around you with sounds that will actually help you sleep better. You can learn more about them in this article.
Sleeping with Peace of Mind
If peace of mind through the night is key to your ability to get a good night’s sleep, you’ll also want to pick up a specialized toxin detector such as the Nest Protect Wi-Fi Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
Detectors such as this one can absolutely save your life and the lives of everyone under your roof. When it comes to toxins like carbon monoxide, there’s really no fooling around. You can neither smell this deadly gas, nor otherwise detect it—and your lungs will just feel like they’re breathing normal, refreshing air. Many times, people begin to get light headed and lose their ability to think properly when exposed to carbon monoxide, and by the time it’s had its effect, it’s too late to realize that you’re in trouble.
This is why a carbon monoxide detector is so important, to say nothing of the value of a quality smoke detector in case of a house fire. Moreover, Nest Protect is truly the ideal system. The great thing about it is that it’s smart enough to know the degree of the problem that’s occurring.
In other words, if it only detects a small amount of smoke or carbon monoxide, it’ll let you know what’s going on without sending everyone in the house into a blind panic.
However, if the circumstances are of a more dire or emergency nature, Nest Protect will let you know that as well, with full red light flashing and audible alarm.
Other features of Nest Protect include easy and convenient connectivity with your smart phone, connected safety inspections, constant monitoring of its battery level, and easy installation—just to name a few.
Managing Circadian Rhythms
Some sleep technology can also help you to manage your circadian rhythms. For the purposes of this blog, a circadian rhythm will be very simply defined as the body’s internal clock for managing the recurring 24 hour cycle wherein people require a certain amount of sleep in order to function properly—typically 8 hours (on average).
It is highly beneficial for your waking and sleeping hours to correspond on a daily basis (i.e., adherence to a proper sleeping schedule), but this isn’t always possible or easy to accomplish (for instance, people in on-call professions or those who suffer from insomnia can’t always sleep the exact same hours every night).
To help you get your solid 8 hours of sack time every night, smart lights are absolutely invaluable. This is because you can easily set the colour (over 16 million of them) and brightness to help you flow easily between night and day and back. You can even program them to gradually brighten or dim as needed to help you manage your internal clock. Your entire body will thank you for using smart lighting schedules to help manage your sleep!
Other smart home products can also help. For example, white noise machines (like the LectroFan Noise & Fan Machine, shown above) and devices that help you to control and slow your breathing (like the Dodow Metronome Sleep Aid Device) can help you to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly through the night, thereby helping to keep your circadian rhythms in a proper and healthy cycle.
Through the Night Security
Finally, what better way to enjoy a sound night’s sleep than to rest in the knowledge that your home is protected under the constant surveillance of a smart home security camera?
While not precisely sleep technology in and of itself, consider the 4 piece NETGEAR Arlo Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Security System, for instance. Boasting 4 x 720p cameras and a ton of great features, the Arlo Security System can protect your family both indoors and out all through the night.
Among its best qualities are the facts that each camera is 100% wire free (offering wide angle (130 degrees) views of everything in their field of vision) and an all-weather design that assures you of great outdoor performance at any time of the year. They even provide convenient motion alerts if movement is detected by their all-seeing eye. And, better still, their night vision capabilities make seeing in the dark an absolute breeze for these cameras, so if there’s anyone foolish enough to trespass on (or in) your property, you’ll easily catch them in the act.
Clearly there’s more to getting a good night’s sleep than simply laying your head down. With today’s smart home sleep technology (and related) products, peace of mind and a good night’s sleep—every single night, is finally close at hand.
For more great sleep technology solutions, visit Best Buy’s Sleep Tech page and be sure to take it easy!