Some of you may remember the times when we needed to see a specialist at a sleep clinic to find out details about our overnight habits and what we could do to improve them. But today we have high-tech apps which changed everything. The smart technology allows us to monitor our behavior and to analyze the way we rest.
You can find two types of sleep gadgets on the market: the ones which involve a wearable wristband or a mattress sensor plus an app, and the phone apps which use the accelerometer, built in the phone, to capture our movements during night time. I’ve tested both categories, and I have to say they all do their job. My favorites remain the mattress apps because they don’t involve a wearable gadget but one embedded into the bed. Here are some of the best ones:
Meet the smart mattress cover capable of learning your sleeping habits by tracking your heart and breathing rate. It has other swell features as well: it can change the temperature of the bed, warming it up when it knows it’s time for you to go to sleep; it cools down the bed during the night, to maintain the proper climate for a relaxant repose. Another great trick this mattress cover can do is to meet the different preferences of two people sleeping together in the same bed.
You can set your half of the bed to the desired temperature. Luna can also communicate with other gadgets, like your activity trackers (and thus learning about your fitness and eating habits which influence your sleep) or other smart home devices – for instance, the alarm clock or the thermostat. I consider it one of the best mattress apps on the market, and even though it doesn’t come cheap, it’s a value-for-money product.
The RestOn sensor can be placed on top of any mattress (foam, memory foam, waterbed, spring), under the sheet. The app that controls it is installed on your smartphone, and you just have to turn it on and get into bed. It will start recording your heart and respiratory rate and track your movements, and learn your sleeping cycles. According to Try Mattress – best memory foam, this device can do even more than this: it suggests what we could do to improve our sleep.
For instance, it can tell us to cool down the room, to cut out the late coffee or to eat a light dinner instead of a copious meal that will burden our digestive system and spoil our rest. The app also gives weekly and monthly reports on our sleeping habits so that we could make adjustments for a better repose.
Withings Aura Smart Sleep System
This device consists of three components: a mattress pad to go under the mattress, a bedside gadget that produces light and sound and a smartphone app. How does it work? Simple: the pad tracks your sleeping patterns, and the bedside device makes it easier for you to plunge into sleep at night and to wake up in the morning. Also, it can monitor the noise and the light in your bedroom, and it can make a connection between outside factors (like early morning passing cars) and your sudden waking up before the set alarm time.