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Sleep Science in 2021

Today, probably more than ever, sleep and its impact on our wellbeing is being studied. Doctors and scientists have concluded that sleep affects brain function, emotional states, metabolism, blood pressure, and many other key aspects of our health. Sadly, because of common distractions, noise, stress, it is not uncommon to have difficulties falling asleep and/or staying asleep through the night. However, thanks to technology, there are some products that will help you feel well-rested when you wake up the next morning. Using technology to help you snooze better is not just a trend. Sleep disorders, such as apnea and snoring, have been treated with technology that responds directly to the patient’s breathing in many medical offices. Yet, thanks to how quickly technology is advancing in 2020, sleeping aids can now be accessed easily from the convenience of our own homes.

Here are eight sleeping aids (applications & gadgets) available online that might help you achieve more blissful sleep:

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Apps
available for both iOS and Android

  • SleepScore: SleepScore is one of the few apps that do not require you to wear a tracker (such as an Apple Watch or a Fitbit) to bed or to sleep with your phone on your mattress in order to track your sleep quality. This app uses your phone’s microphone and speakers to record your sleep movements, giving you a sleep score and metrics that assess the quality of your sleep the following morning. It also comes with helpful tips for how to prepare for better sleep, and a smart alarm clock.
  • Calm: The popular meditation app has now added “Sleep Stories” to its features. Ever miss being tucked in and having a loved one read you a bedtime story? Well, this app comes with over 100 relaxing tales read by soothing voices to help you unwind as you snuggle in your bed.
  • Headspace: This meditation app includes sleep packages that feature 45 to 50-minute stories, description of stormy nights, sleep music, and wind down meditations that guide you through deep breathing to fall asleep. You can adjust the speaker’s voice to be softer or louder than the background noise, making it customizable to each user’s needs.
  • Noisli: If bedtime stories and white noise are not your jam, Noisli brings you the opportunity to create your own soundscape. All sounds are customizable to the atmosphere you want to create. It also comes with a timer feature to allow combining your personalized soundscape with time management techniques to make sure you stay focused on your mission of falling asleep.

Because of the consequences sleep can have on our health, there exists in the world a need and commitment to help with sleep disorders/problems. While technology has been and continues to be innovating applications and gadgets that focus on helping you doze-off easier and sleep better, there is nothing more essential for a good night’s rest than a comfortable mattress. Order a BedInABox® mattress today, try it out for 120 days, and if you’re not convinced you can request a refund – risk free! Stop wasting time rolling over at night, and start getting better sleep!

Take our test to see where you need sleep help!

Have you ever wondered if you are getting the right amount of sleep or if you could be doing something to sleep better? Preparing your mind and body for peak performance through better sleep is vital. Here are four quick True or False tests to help you understand your sleep needs. Self-test A reveals your general knowledge of sleep, self-test B determines how likely it is that you are sleep deprived, self-test C examines your current sleep practices, and self-test D probes for problems that could indicate you have a sleep disorder.

Self-Test A: What's My Sleep IQ?

Please indicate true or false for the following statements:

  1. I need an alarm clock in order to wake up at the appropriate time.
  2. It's a struggle for me to get out of bed in the morning.
  3. Weekday mornings I hit the snooze button several times to get more sleep.
  4. I feel tired, irritable, and stress-out during the week.
  5. I have trouble concentrating and remembering.
  6. I feel slow with critical thinking, problem solving, and being creative.
  7. I often fall asleep watching TV.
  8. I often fall asleep in boring meetings or lectures or in warm rooms.
  9. I often fall asleep after heavy meals or after a low dose of alcohol.
  10. I often fall asleep while relaxing after dinner.
  11. I often fall asleep within five minutes of getting into bed.
  12. I often feel drowsy while driving.
  13. I often sleep extra hours on weekend mornings.
  14. I often need a nap to get through the day.
  15. I have dark circles around my eyes.

If you answered true to 3 or more of the 15 items, you are probably not getting enough sleep.

Self-Test B: Am I Sleep-Deprived?

Please indicate true or false for the following statements:

  1. I need an alarm clock in order to wake up at the appropriate time.
  2. It's a struggle for me to get out of bed in the morning.
  3. Weekday mornings I hit the snooze button several times to get more sleep.
  4. I feel tired, irritable, and stress-out during the week.
  5. I have trouble concentrating and remembering.
  6. I feel slow with critical thinking, problem solving, and being creative.
  7. I often fall asleep watching TV.
  8. I often fall asleep in boring meetings or lectures or in warm rooms.
  9. I often fall asleep after heavy meals or after a low dose of alcohol.
  10. I often fall asleep while relaxing after dinner.
  11. I often fall asleep within five minutes of getting into bed.
  12. I often feel drowsy while driving.
  13. I often sleep extra hours on weekend mornings.
  14. I often need a nap to get through the day.
  15. I have dark circles around my eyes.

If you answered true to 3 or more of the 15 items, you are probably not getting enough sleep.

How Effective Are My Sleep Strategies?

Please indicate true or false for the following statements:

  1. I go to bed at different times during the week and on weekends, depending on my schedule and social life.
  2. I get up at different times during the week and on weekends, depending on my schedule and social life.
  3. My bedroom is warm or often noisy.
  4. I never rotate or flip my mattress.
  5. I drink alcohol within two hours of bedtime.
  6. I have caffeinated coffee, tea, colas, or chocolate after 6 pm.
  7. I do not exercise on a regular basis.
  8. I smoke.
  9. I regularly take over-the-counter or prescription medication to help me sleep.
  10. When I cannot fall asleep or remain asleep, I stay in bed and try harder.
  11. I often read frightening or troubling books or newspaper articles right before bedtime.
  12. I do work or watch the news in bed just before turning out the lights.
  13. My bed partner keeps me awake by his/her snoring.
  14. My bed partner tosses and turns or kicks/hits me during his/her sleep.
  15. I argue with my bed partner in bed.

If you answered true to one of the above questions, it is likely that at least one aspect of your lifestyle is interfering with your sleep.

Might I have a Sleep Disorder?

Please indicate true or false for the following statements:

  1. I consistently have trouble falling asleep.
  2. I wake up a number of times during the night.
  3. I wake up earlier than I would like and have trouble falling back asleep.
  4. I wake up terrified in the middle of the night, but I do not know why.
  5. I fall asleep spontaneously during the day in response to high arousal, such as when I hear a funny joke.
  6. I have been told that I snore loudly and stop breathing temporarily during sleep.
  7. I walk or talk in my sleep.
  8. I move excessively in my sleep.
  9. I have hurt myself or my bed partner while I was sleeping.
  10. I become very confused, afraid, and/or disoriented after sundown.
  11. I cannot fall asleep until very late at night or cannot wake up in the morning.
  12. I cannot stay awake early in the evening and I wake up before dawn.
  13. I feel mild pain or a tingling sensation in my legs just before falling asleep.
  14. I physically act out my dreams during the night.
  15. I am often too anxious, depressed, or worried to fall asleep.

If you answered true to any of the above questions, you might want to consult with a doctor about potential sleep disorders.

Sources

Maas, Dr. James B., Megan L. Wherry, David J Axelrod, Barbara R. Hogan, and Jennifer A. Blumin. "Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance." New York : Villard, 1998.

Mass, James B., Dr. "Sleep Diagnostic Tests." Power Sleep. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2013.