Sleep tech: the latest in sleep tracking
As technology advances, we’re now able to monitor so many aspects of our lives we couldn’t before. One of those is sleep. Through various devices, we now have the ability to monitor our sleep for unhealthy patterns that might be impacting our quality of life.
This is great, because sleep is such an important part of our lives. If we’re sleeping correctly then we should be in snoozeville seven to nine hours a night, but it isn’t just the amount of time we spend asleep that’s important, it is the quality of the sleep we have.
REM sleep is perhaps the most important type of sleep we have. This is when our bodies enter the very deepest stage of sleep, and scientists think it is the most essential sleep phase humans go through. If you feel like you are getting a good night of sleep but you’re waking up exhausted, it might be because you aren’t getting enough REM sleep.
Now, you can track the individual stages of sleep using several sleep tech devices. Here are some of the latest breakthroughs in sleep tracking.
Fitbit now tracks snoring!
Fitbit have been tracking sleep for the longest time, but they recently added a new element to their health tracking devices. Fitbit devices will now activate a microphone, which listens out for snoring and monitors frequency and intensity. You’ll be able to view its conclusions alongside the rest of your sleep stats.
It will then rate your snoring based on what it learns. Mild snoring is snoring that occurs for up to 10% of the night, whilst frequent is in excess of 40% of your sleep time.
This is important, because snoring can disrupt your sleep, as well as the sleep of your partner.
Fitbit Versa was voted as the number one sleep tracking device by the Sleep Foundation.
If you’re looking for something that is styled a little bit differently, the Go2sleep tracker is a ring instead of a bracelet. Sleep Foundation also rates this as the best value for money.
Go2sleep states that the capillaries in your fingers provide their device with more accurate information regarding your sleep quality than wrist devices do. Their device uses this information to give you personalised tips as to how you can get a better night of sleep.
It has some nifty little features, including sleep apnoea detection that vibrates to encourage you to change sleeping position when needed.
You can purchase a Go2sleep from around £71.
Lots of people don’t like the idea of having to wear something around their wrist or finger in order to track their sleep. If that’s you, the Tempur-pedic Sleep Tracker is the ideal sleep tracking solution.
Pop this little beauty below your mattress and it will track your sleep, as well as the sleep pattern of any partner you’re sleeping with.
Users download an app and then place special sleep trackers below their mattress. You’ll then receive personalised sleep insights to your app and via email.
You can also use the Tempur-pedic Sleep Tracker alarm, which will wake you up when you are in the lightest phase of sleep so as not to shock your body into waking.
This is another under the sheets sleep tracker. It doesn’t only track your sleep, it also tracks your sleep environment, so you can draw conclusions about the humidity around you, for example, or the temperature of your room.
This sleep tracker also offers goals and guidance for you to follow to improve your sleep quality over time.
You’ll get a handy notification every morning on how you slept the night before.
There are a couple of downsides. This tracker will work with most mattresses, but not waterbeds or heated mattresses, as these will make the results inaccurate. You also need an iPhone, iPad or iPod to make it work.
Overhaul your sleep with an Ely mattress
If you’re struggling to sleep and wondering why, the problem could be your mattress. Lots of modern mattresses are made using synthetic materials, and these do not provide a great sleep environment for your body.
Ely mattresses are made from 100% natural materials, which means they regulate your body temperature and wick away moisture. They’re also naturally hypoallergenic, which means they’re perfect for those of you who are allergic to dust mites.
Because they’re made from natural materials, our mattresses are 100% recyclable, so you can purchase them without worry. Ely Mattresses are made from wool, horse hair and cotton, so they’re resilient and high quality. They come with a thirty day sleep trial, and you can even split the cost with interest free finance.
To learn more about our mattresses, read about our thirteen layers.
We’re committed to high quality, restful sleep. If you want to learn more about how you can overhaul your sleep routine, visit our blog page.