How technology can help you sleep better

More people than ever are suffering from sleep deprivation, and modern technology is partly to blame. However, it seems that the solution to this problem also lies in technology.

Here are some ways that modern technology can help you sleep better.

Use a smartphone alarm clock app

One way to improve the quality of your sleep is to have a regular sleep schedule. This means going to bed and waking up at certain times. However, for most people, simply using their regular smartphone alarm clock is not enough.

If you are one of those who likes to snooze, you can install an app on your phone that forces you to get up and turn off the alarm. Some alarm clock apps only turn off when you scan a barcode that you can place anywhere in your house. Ideally, place the barcode directly above your sink.

Use a sunlight therapy lamp

It is recommended to get at least 1 to 2 hours of direct sunlight a day. This not only provides your body with beneficial nutrients, but also keeps your biological clock in check.

However, if you live in a place where you don’t get much sun, such as in the middle of a busy city, you can use a sunlight therapy lamp instead. This is a special lamp that mimics the same light spectrum as sunlight. When you sit under this lamp, you get about the same benefits as real sunlight.

Use a sleep monitoring app

If you still feel tired after a good night’s sleep, the problem could be the time you set your alarm. There is a certain time in sleep when you wake up feeling refreshed. You can find out this optimal time with a sleep monitoring app, which are available for both smartphones and smartwatches. These apps don’t work quite as well as real sleep monitors, but they are good enough to help you determine the ideal time to wake up in the morning.

Use a smart thermostat

For the best quality of sleep, keep the temperature in your bedroom between 15 and 18 degrees. You can do this by using a smart thermostat like Google Nest to schedule your thermostat settings throughout the day. A smart thermostat can automatically lower the temperature at bedtime and raise it again later in the day.

Listen to White Noise

What is white noise? “White noise” is a monotonous sound that helps the brain to block out the unpleasant frequencies, i.e. disturbing sounds. Disturbing sounds and noises are thus faded out.

White noise has been around since the 1990s, but modern devices offer more ways to play this type of sound. You can also use music streaming services on your smartphone to access white noise. White noise drowns out the ambient noise outside your bedroom. Since White Noise is constant, it will not disturb your sleep, but help it.

Conclusion

As much as modern technology can cause sleep deprivation, you can also use it to improve the quality of your sleep. These are just a few examples of how technology can help you sleep better, so give it a try.