Do gadgets to help you sleep better work?
What are the best devices to help sleep?
Sound machines and "white noise" generators
These are small devices that can be kept at your bedside. They play sounds from nature such as rain, forest breeze, birds, waterfall city noises. These devices help especially when you have environmental noises disturbing your sleep. The goal is to block out the noise that is disrupting your sleep.
Earbuds for sleep
These earphones are specifically designed for sleeping and are not intended for listening to music. They are soft enough to be used as a sleeping surface on your side. Set on specific frequencies they are used to cancel noise. Reducing noise is a great way to help you get a better night's sleep," says Dr Epsten.
The cost is around $100.
A sunrise alarm
A sunrise alarm schedules the time of the first light you see to mimic the appearance of dawn. Waking up and going to sleep at the same time every day is crucial for maintaining circadian rhythm (sleep-wake) health, thus a dawn alarm is a useful tool for persons with circadian rhythm (sleep-wake) problems; light has the strongest effect on the circadian clock, according to Dr Epstein.
However, make sure the alarm is set appropriately. If it wakes you up before your desired time, your sleep will be affected.
You may expect to pay $25 and above for a sunrise alarm
A weighted blanket or duvet
Plastic or glass beads are added to weighted blankets to increase their weight. Blanket weights vary and are between 12 to 25 pounds which are intended to stimulate a comforting feeling of cosiness, comforting hug and swaddling. It is difficult to determine the efficacy of the blankets because of the little available data, but it suggests that the blankets can be beneficial in reducing anxiety.
Prices range for regular blanket costs from $50 to $60.
Duvet can cost from $50-$2000 depending on the fabric type.
Applications, or apps, are programs you install on your smartphone. Apps for inducing sleep include white noise generators, sleep activity trackers, relaxation and meditation aids, and even online CBT sleep therapy programs (Cognitive behavioural therapy ). Apps for inducing sleep include white noise generators, sleep activity trackers, relaxation and meditation aids, and even online CBT sleep therapy programs (CBTi).
Heat throughout the night interferes with getting a good night's rest. There is a water-cooled system for your mattress or pillow. Ebb Cool Drift Versa Sleep System is a fresh, innovative gadget Dr Epstein advises. It is FDA-approved for cooling the forehead.