Are you sick of waking up at all hours of the night? These gadgets may help you stay asleep from the time you close your eyes until you open them in the morning:
1. Noise-cancelling headphones
If you are a light sleeper, you may be constantly woken up at night by even minor noises (like a door opening or someone walking in the hallway).
One way to drown out this noise is with noise-cancelling headphones; and the in-ear, rather than over-ear, variety are often most conducive to sleep.
There are 2 basic kinds of noise-cancelling technologies: active and passive. Active noise-cancelling headphones help block out sound in part by generating a waveform that is the negative of the ambient sound present in the room. In contrast, passive headphones rely on various forms of soundproofing.
As a general rule, active noise-cancelling headphones are more effective, but they require battery power.
2. Automatic temperature controls
A common disruptor to sleep is the temperature in your room. For example, you might enjoy the comfort of a thick blanket and warm air temperature as you fall off to sleep, but hours later you can be awoken by the increasing heat in the room.
One solution to this problem is automatic temperature control. There are numerous gadgets available that can adjust the temperature throughout the nigh, including "smart" thermostats that can be linked with your phone and placed on a timed schedule.
You can also purchase a system that attaches to, or lies flat on, your current mattress and pumps hot or cold air throughout the night (e.g. nuyu or BedJet).
In addition, you can buy a mattress or mattress topper that has built in temperature controls. Some of these mattresses have dual-zone temperature controls, so you and your partner can enjoy different temperatures in the same bed (but you may not be able to automatically adjust the temperature during the night).
3. Adjustable beds
We admit that an adjustable bed may not precisely qualify as a “gadget,” but with all the technology that is available with adjustable beds they come awfully close to meeting the requirements.
An adjustable bed typically refers to a base that can be adjusted to various positions based on your sleep comfort. A mattress may be offered with the base, or you may need to purchase a compatible mattress separately. An adjustable bed can help you sleep through the night in part by allowing you to adjust the bed based on an underlying medical condition.
For example, if you suffer from spinal stenosis you may benefit from sleeping in a reclining position with your knees elevated.
Adjustable beds also come with all sorts of technological add-ons that can help you sleep. For example, models come with massage options, built-in stereos, and some even monitor your sleep cycles.
Of course, no gadget can substitute for practicing good sleep hygiene. This means you need to avoid phone use before bed, go to sleep at the same time each night, and set your alarm for the same time every morning.