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Is Connected Sleep the Solution to Our Sleep Deprivation?
Wearable Tech World Feature Article
October 09, 2014
Is Connected Sleep the Solution to Our Sleep Deprivation?
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By Lavanya Rathnam
TMCnet Contributing Writer

Sleep has become an elusive luxury for many people, and this pattern has become common among people of all ages and countries. It is estimated that over two million children suffer from sleep disorders while over half of those over the age of 65 have disturbed sleep. There are 84 classifications of sleep disorders that add almost $16 billion to national healthcare costs.


In the light of this statistic, researchers are exploring whether technology can provide a solution to this sleep problem. Many tech devices have come up over the last few years, but the question is whether these devices are really improving the quality of sleep. Data collected from users show that some devices indeed make people sleep better because they are developed to mimic the human sleep. Hence, they fill the gaps and provide better sleep than before.

Below are some examples of sleep devices that have helped to improve sleep patterns.

Lark

Lark is a sleep monitor that measures sleep quality over the entire course of the night. Based on this cycle, it wakes up the user at the optimal time relative to sleep cycle. Moreover, this product has a silent alarm clock worn on the wrist, and it gently vibrates to wake a person from sleep. The advantage with this device is that the alarm does not wake one's partner from sleep.

Withings Aura Base and Mattress Pad

One way to monitor one’s sleep cycle is to have a pad beneath the bed that would monitor body movement and heart rate. Based on the data collected, it provides an overall sleep score, and with this information, users can identify what is causing sleep deprivation. The advantage with this product is that it does not have to be worn on the body.

In short, technology can be the solution for sleep deprivation provided the right products are chosen. 




Edited by Maurice Nagle


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