Waking up in the morning and feeling refreshed and fit – that’s how every day should start. Nowadays, there are numerous ways to optimize sleep patterns. Above all, modern technologies make sleeping a little experience and simultaneously analyze the nocturnal rest phase. However, the large amount of data also has its pitfalls.
People spend about one-third of their lives asleep. During this resting phase, numerous vital processes occur so the body and mind can regenerate. Precisely because this time is so precious, there is a wide range of products to optimize sleep. These include cuddly bedding, breathable comforters, mattresses that adapt perfectly to the body’s shape, and pillows that nestle optimally around the head.
There have also been numerous advances in the world of technology. Light alarm clocks brighten the bedroom, accompanied by bird calls or music. The smartwatch or fitness tracker provides information about how restful the sleep was via the app. Because during this time, blood pressure, heart rate, body movements, and sounds are measured. Meanwhile, intelligent beds are also available on the market. These set the optimum temperature for sleep, for example, slightly raising the headboard if the person snores in bed and measuring various parameters such as breathing, sleep phases, or possible waking times, which provide information about sleep behavior.
Sleep technology aims to analyze and perfect the night’s rest thoroughly. With the help of algorithms and predictive models, recommendations are made for sleep and everyday life. This overflow of data can eventually turn into stress. Trying to optimize sleep causes some people to stay in bed longer than necessary, for example, and subsequently leads to sleepless nights. Sleep labs report that even very anxious individuals have monitored their sleep. The results proved them to be healthy and deep sleepers.
The data from fitness trackers & co. can be inaccurate, for one thing. For another, the data is often difficult to interpret due to a large number of data. If these technologies cause more stress than they bring clarity, sleep scientists recommend not taking the smart devices into the bedroom at night. Significantly since, the blue-heavy light spectrum of smartphones, tablets, or televisions reduces the production of melatonin – the so-called sleep hormone.
For a restful sleep, make sure the air in the sleeping area is fresh and cool, and the environment is quiet and dark. About 3 hours before going to bed, no more food should be eaten, and alcohol, coffee, and nicotine consumption should ideally be avoided. Evening rituals such as a cup of tea or a foot bath are also beneficial.
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