Sleep is a crucial element of everyday life. We require sufficient sleep in order to be alert enough to perform anything and everything. The fact that sleep is so important is why so much research and development has been put into sleep and achieving the optimal sleep.
When technology started improving significantly, many improvements were conducted on beds and sleeping assistances. These technological advancements made it easier for people to sleep throughout the night, and feel fully rested when they awake.
Certain technology even assists people who have medical conditions that prevent them from getting the proper amount of sleep.
We will be discussing some of the best technological ways that has improved the concept of sleep.
Sensors in the Bed
“Smart beds” are those that have been equipped with modern day technology to monitor the sleep patterns. Sensors are added to the underside of mattresses and have the ability to track your heart rate, respiration and motion during your sleep.
This information can be sent to your healthcare provider, or anybody who is able to help improve your sleep patterns. For instance, if your doctor notices that your breathing rate is off while you sleep, they may be able to suggest a medication to correct that.
This technology allows you and your family to have peace of mind. You will not need to worry about health conditions, because all the necessary information is being transferred to people who can help you.
Some beds are simply more intuitive than other designs. The latest technology has allowed for different models to be created to suit a variety of needs.
For instance, you can have beds that are angled and adjustable for your convenience. You also have the ability to purchase a bed that can fit in a small space in your home.
Rollaway beds are designed to be folded up, or otherwise hidden when they are not in use. The best rollaway bed for you depends on the size and state of your home. If you have a small home, you could try looking into rollaway beds that can be kept in closets or under another bed.
These are great when you have guests over, because they are simple to take out and set up for a temporary use
We can’t really have a discussion about technology and sleep without mentioning the wonder that is the CPAP machine. For decades, men and women all over the world have suffered from sleep apnea, snoring, etc. and the technological advancements with the CPAP machine are out of this world.
Years ago, when the device was presented to the market, it was big and bulky and users constantly complained about the learning curve and how long it took to get used to. I mean, after all, you’re sleeping with a giant mechanical mask over your face.
But nowadays, some models are as simple as a tiny nozzle over your nose and a machine next to your bedside that makes no more than a soft, white noise.
These socks are designed to be worn by babies while they are sleeping. The technology involved gives you the opportunity to monitor your baby yourself.
Instead of getting up a dozen times a night to check on your baby, you can have the information sent right to your phone. If the socks pick up a change in your baby’s temperature, heart rate or breathing pattern, you will be instantly alerted. You will be able to get up and go check to see what the matter is.
This is incredibly useful technology that helps prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), and allows the parents to get some much needed rest. As with the Smart Beds, you can also transfer this information to your pediatrician.
This way, they will be able to look over the records of your baby’s sleep history and determine if there is anything amiss. This will save you from having to explain exactly what you noticed and why you think it may be a problem.
The onset of new technology continues to advance in complexity. We now have the ability to do things that we would never have dreamed of just a few years ago. Technology helps us in every aspect of our lives, and makes so many things easier to do.
Even for problems such as not getting a good enough sleep, technology is there to help us out again. Through the use of Smart Beds, Owlet Socks, and intuitive bed designs, we can sleep sounder at night.
We do not need to worry about some of the typical concerns, because the technology is there to do it for us. It provides us with a solution to our unique problems, and allows us to carry on life as usual.