1. Sleep assist: Apps, products and gadgets

Sleep assist: Apps, products and gadgets

The market is full of offerings that monitor your sleep. As expected, the app world too is teeming with options. We help you do some ‘sleep shopping’.

By: | Updated: May 22, 2016 10:40 AM
Sleep Pillow Sounds comes with a set of high-quality ambient sounds, pre-mixed for sleep enhancement. (Reuters) Sleep Pillow Sounds comes with a set of high-quality ambient sounds, pre-mixed for sleep enhancement. (Reuters)

The market is full of offerings that monitor your sleep. As expected, the app world too is teeming with options. We help you do some ‘sleep shopping’.

Apps:

Sleep Genius

The makers of Sleep Genius claim that the customised sleep music in its programme is superior to white noise in lulling users to sleep. The app’s Revive Cycle Alarm is designed to give a gradual ‘wake-up experience’ rather than jolting the user awake. In-app purchases can unlock features such as more sleep music programmes and alarms, as well as music tailored for relaxation.

Available on iOS (Rs 300) & Android Twilight

Research suggests that exposure to the blue light emitted by electronic screens before we sleep disturbs our circadian rhythm. This is where Twilight comes in. The app filters the blue light and protects eyes with a soft and pleasant red filter, which is adjusted based on a user’s local sunset and sunrise times.

Available on Android

Sleep As Android

Sleep As Android detects your sleep patterns through your movements in bed and can even wake you up in line with your circadian rhythms. The app comes with smartwatch support and a selection of natural sounds that can help you fall asleep.

Available on Android

Pillow

Pillow is an advanced sleep-tracking alarm clock that monitors a user’s movements and sounds while they sleep. It uses algorithms to maintain a detailed history of how well a user has slept and what’s the optimal time to wake them up.

Available on iOS

Sleep Pillow Sounds

Sleep Pillow Sounds comes with a set of high-quality ambient sounds, pre-mixed for sleep enhancement. Some of the
sounds include ‘light rain’, ‘beach waves’, ‘garden fountain’, ‘jungle life’, ‘wind in field’, etc.
Available on iOS (Rs 190)

Sleepbot

The Sleepbot app comes with three major features: a motion tracker, sound recorder and smart alarm. It can be used as a simple time log or a comprehensive sleep tracker, and provides interactive graphs on your sleep and wake times, and sleep length and pattern.

Available on iOS  & Android

Sleep Cycle

The app uses your phone’s accelerometer and microphone to analyse your sleep. It uses sound analysis to identify sleep states by tracking your movements in bed.

Available on iOS & Android (Rs 69)

Products and gadgets:

Fitbit Blaze

Apart from tracking steps taken, distance covered, calories burnt and stairs climbed, this fitness watch also records and monitors a user’s sleep patterns, showing weekly comparisons and daily average sleep duration.
Rs 19,999, available online

Organic India Tulsi Wellness Sleep Tea

This tea from Organic India is a blend of ashwagandha, chamomile, cardamom and peppermint, among other things. Caffeine- and gluten-free, it soothes restlessness and facilitates relaxation.  18 teabags for Rs 145, available online

Essential oils

Essential oils like lavender, sandalwood, marjoram, etc, are said to ease sleep-related problems, especially insomnia. Just put a few drops on a piece of tissue and tuck it under your pillow, or use an aromatherapy diffuser. You can also try candles made from these oils. Available online

Philips Hue lighting
The lighting in your house plays a key role when it comes to getting some sleep. Philips Hue is an LED lighting system that can be controlled through a smartphone app. You can dim the lights and go to sleep with soothing shades around you. Starting at Rs 15,289, available online

Ostrich Pillow

Resembling something like an oversized and padded monkey cap, the Ostrich Pillow is best suited to catch a wink in crowded places. One just needs to fit it over their head—there’s a generous opening for the mouth and nose—and snore away. As per Studio Banana Things, its creator, the pillow offers a ‘micro environment’ for a comfortable nap.
Available online, prices vary as per design

Mattress matters

When buying a new mattress, experts say, it’s a good idea to put it through a sleep test—spend at least 15-20 minutes on it to see if it’s comfortable. There are also some special mattresses in the market that cater to your sleeping needs. Tempur mattresses, for example, use ‘memory foam’ to offer comfort cushioning to the body. Available online

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