Technology aimed at improving sleep may seem like an oxymoron, but it is quickly becoming a reality. While most smart home technology has centered around the home office, kitchen, and bathroom, the bedroom has become the newest room to digitize.
There is no avoiding the fact that screen time is often blamed for disrupted sleep. However, smart bedroom technology is developed specifically with sleep in mind, which means it will help, not hinder, a good night’s rest. Smart beds, lamps, and televisions masquerading as art are just a few of the gadgets that will soon be filling up the bedrooms of tech enthusiasts across the nation.
The bed is undoubtedly the most important piece of furniture in the bedroom – and rightfully so. A good mattress can be the difference between a restless, sleepless night, and a blissful, uninterrupted sleep. While mattresses of the past were selected based on size and comfort, mattresses of the future may be selected based on their integrated smart technology.
The 360 Smart Bed – set to be released later this year – utilizes smart technology to automatically provide the best possible conditions for a good night’s sleep. The mattress adjusts to users varied sleeping positions, tracks sleep patterns, warms feet, and wakes users at the most optimal time.
The revolutionary function that has married couples rejoicing, however, is the mattress’s snore detecting technology. Once detected, the mattress automatically adjusts by slightly raising the culprits head to eliminate snoring and avoid sleep disruption. Lastly, all of this sleep data is sent to an integrated smartphone app so that users can find out how much sleep they are getting and view their sleeping patterns.
Smart Sunrise Lamps
There really is nothing worse than getting out of bed in the morning while it’s still dark outside. As it turns out, it feels awful for a reason. Human bodies are not programmed to wake up before the sunrise. Fortunately, a smart lamp can make those early mornings a bit more bearable by gradually waking users with warm, soft lighting.
While there many smart lamps on the market, one of the best in terms of improving users sleep is the Lumie BodyClock Elite 300. This lamp stands out from the crowd due to its dual focus on falling asleep and waking, rather than strictly focusing on the latter.
Its gradual sunset and sunrise help users fall asleep at night and gently wakes users in the morning. Pre-loaded meditation tracks can also be used in tandem with the sunset feature to guide users into a peaceful sleep. Other features include AM/PM radio, an MP3 player, and an alarm clock that can be preset to different times for each day of the week.
While smart televisions are not necessarily new or exciting, Samsung’s new Frame TV just might be. This television doubles as a work of art for those times when the television shouldn’t be the center of attention. Samsung’s Frame TV comes with detachable wood veneers in a variety of colors made to match most home decor. Not only does the beautiful framing add a level of sophistication to the not-so-glamorous reality television on the screen, but when it’s not in use, it can display over 100 pieces of curated artwork in its Art Mode.
This TV even recognizes when users walk out of the room and automatically shuts off to save energy. Perhaps even more impressive though, is the television’s ability to detect the ambiance of the room and adjust its lighting accordingly.
Set to be released later this year, this smart TV could be the perfect compromise between hanging a pricey painting or flatscreen on the wall opposite the bed. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Belkin Wemo Switch
It’s likely that every couple has had an argument over who was last into bed and therefore has to get back up to turn off the light. Fortunately, the Belkin Wemo Switch can end this debate once and for all (as long as a smartphone is within reach). This smart switch plugs into an electrical outlet and utilizes wifi to connect electronics to a smartphone app.
The Belkin Wemo Switch can also be integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Home so that users can turn off lamps, fans, stereos, heaters, and any other connected electronic devices without the hassle of getting out of bed.
It’s the little things that make a big difference, especially when that little thing prevents a cold, unnecessary trip across the bedroom to flick a switch.
Kali Muir is an ambitious freelance writer with a BA in Communications. She was born in Canada but has since lived in Norway, Denmark, and England. Her work experience is as diverse as her past addresses, including roles in technical communication, corporate communication, marketing, and article writing. She has experience working in varied business sectors: Oil & Gas, Engineering & Technology, Clothing & Equipment Retail, and Creative Writing. Follow Kali’s professional and personal journey at www.kalimuir.com, or connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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