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We all know the importance of getting a good night sleep but sleeping a solid eight hours a night is often easier said than done. In this Infographic we’ll look at ways you can use modern technology to improve both the duration and quality of your sleep, and examine how this can have a beneficial impact on your overall health and wellbeing.

Technology to improve Sleep Infographic 350The United Kingdom ranks 44th in the world in terms of sleep quality.

The average Briton gets 7 hours 22 minutes sleep per night. By comparison, the United States ranks 48th in the world with 7 hours and 6 minutes.

Despite this average, one third of the United Kingdom’s population get by on 5-6 hours sleep each night. This is up from 2010, where just over a quarter (27%) reported getting 5-6 hours.

In cases where sleeping is a problem, the most commonly cited reasons given by people were stress and worry.

18% of people in the UK sleep for less than 5 hours a night. It’s not just us. 30% of the US workforce doesn’t get enough sleep. &.9 million people use alcohol to help them sleep at night.

One in three people don’t always or often get a good night’s sleep, or have had trouble falling asleep in the past week.

One in five people say they could improve the quality and duration of their sleep simply by purchasing a new bed.

Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can release hormones that up heart rate and raise blood pressure. Those getting fewer than 6 hours per night are at significantly increased risk of stroke or heart disease.

So how can Technology Help?

Smart Thermometer

We need a decrease in the core body temperature to fall asleep and to maintain sleep. A thermostat that automatically lowers room temperature at bedtime will help you achieve this.

Low Blue Nightlight

As blue light can inhibit the production of melatonin and prevent a good night’s sleep, a low blue nightlight will remove these negative effects and allow you to see at night.

Non Luminous E-Reader

E-readers such as a Kindle don’t have a luminous display, so you don’t have worries about blue light. Reading will also tire your eyes, so it’s easier to fall asleep.

Amber Lens Glasses

Amber lens glasses shield your eyes from blue light when using a tablet or watching TV, meaning your melatonin levels remain normal and you will find it easier to sleep.

White Noise Machine

Certain types of noise (for example rain on a window or waves crashing) can make it easier to nod off. Don’t be tempted to use a white noise app. Get a machine instead.

Sleep Manager

Stand alone sleep management devices will monitor your sleep states and wake you up in the best stage of sleep. This means you’re less tired when the alarm sounds.

Wake Up Light

Instead of the traditional alarm clock try the wake up light, which sits on your bedside cabinet and wakes you naturally. Slowly brightening so it feels like you’re waking with the sun.

Smart Bed

There are a few different options available, but the best smart beds will use integrated sleep-monitoring trackers to collect data about your sleeping habits. This data includes breathing rate, movement and heart rate and will store this information via an app where you’ll also track your lifestyle habits. The information collected allows you to identify factors that affect your sleep and the bed will make recommendations on how to sleep better. The really expensive smart beds will also allow you to inflate or deflate them to your desired level of firmess, with some even doing this automatically as you sleep.

Sources

sleepcouncil.org | dailymail.co.uk | sleepfoundation.org | forbes.com | entrepreneur.com | bigthink.com | dailyburn.com | bigbrandbeds.co.uk

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