Tired? I’m afraid I can’t do anything about your partner’s snoring. Nor can I stop you lying awake at night worrying about tomorrow’s presentation/your latest credit card bill/if little Johnny can stand up to the school bully. I can’t even treat you to a gorgeous new bed like this one from Button & Sprung. But I have found a number of gadgets that will help you get a good night’s sleep. Tuck yourself in and read on!
Be roused from your slumber by the the gentle ‘sunrise’ recreated by this colour-changing Wake-up Light, £130, Philips. It can also play sounds from nature… or your favourite radio station.
Jawbone’s UP24 fitness and sleep tracker, £99.99, can now sense when you nod off and tell a Nest Learning Thermostat (£180) to lower the temperature, the benefit being we sleep better when it’s a few degrees cooler. Studies show that it’s difficult to drop off if a room is above 23°C and the optimal temperature for sleeping is 15-18°C.
Plug your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player into this plush hollowfibre pillowfrom The Bedding Company and listen to music, Radio 4’s Book At Bedtime or even learn a language before you drift off. You control the sound level so you can listen without disturbing your partner and without having to wear headphones.
Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘pillow talk’, the Original Sound Asleep speaker pillow costs from £12.99.
It’s far more difficult to wake up from a deep sleep, but that’s where the Aura Smart Sleep System from Withings comes in handy. It has an under-mattress pad that records your body movements, heart rate and more, so it recognises the lightest phases of your slumber.Before you go to bed, you set a ‘window’ of time in which you’d like to wake up, and the pad will detect when you’re more restless in said time frame. The Aura will then kick in, waking you up with coloured LEDs and soothing sounds. It can also send you to sleep using white noise and a different cycle of colours on the red spectrum.
The Aura works with an app for iOS so you can track all aspects of your sleep cycle, and costs £249.99 at Amazon.
Last but not least we have the JBL Horizon, which is a Bluetooth speaker, alarm clock, radio and an ambient light that gently wakes you up, all in one. It comes in chic black or simple white, and its display has a built-in light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness according to the environment, so the clock won’t distract you too much when you dim the lights.
Two USB ports can fast-charge your devices, including phones, tablets and wearables, so you won’t lose sleep over flat batteries, either! It costs £80.
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