Friday, March 18, 2016

Sleep day: these new technologies who want to fight … – The Huffington Post


These new technologies that want to help you sleep better | Pascal Preti via Getty Images

TECHNO – Sleep and technology are not often mix. TV, PC and smartphones have the annoying tendency to cause sleep problems, especially if used just before going to bed.

This Friday, March 18, sleeping Day focuses of elsewhere on this question: “How do we sleep at the time of any screen?” But new technologies can also help you sleep better.

In recent years, as the dodo is the center of attention, gadgets and applications helping you to choose, to get to sleep, sleep better or better wake up are legion. But what about their effectiveness?

Alarm olfactory, bracelets and ear balls connected

If you want to sleep better, there is the spoiled for choice. The famous bracelets connected as the Jawbone for analyzing your circadian rhythm, as well as many applications as Sleep Cycle or Sleep Time. Some bracelets even offer wake up at the right time, for example with a vibration.

Wake And speaking here too the promises of the end of the shrill ringing with alarm clocks that mimic natural light or olfactory.

There are also gadgets that seek to help you fall asleep. As Sleapi, a small lamp in the shape of turtle which is placed on the forehead sensible avoid mental wandering. Or Dodow, a subject developed by a French company and that projects a point of light on which to focus to relax before sleep. Or Hush, headphones that broadcast a supposed white noise spare you the shrill noise of city life.

The start-up Lully even offers to end the night terrors of your children, placing an object connected under the mattress that will vibrate and wake the child just before the nightmare really begins.

Learn to listen to his body

But is it working, or is it that these objects primarily benefit from the renewed interest in the sleep? The National Sleep Foundation and the Consumer Electronics Association conducted late 2015 a study on the usefulness of new technologies to find the path of the arms of Morpheus. And the first observation is not very glorious: the users of these gadgets are sleeping on average as long as those not using any tool, or about 6.5 hours per night while they feel they need one more hour to feel rested.

60% of users say they have better understood from their sleep patterns. 51% say they sleep better now. Those using active technologies have better results than those using simple passive applications, which observe our circadian rhythm.

“What I regret is that we are more able to listen to your body, electronics is needed, we attended,” said Claire Leconte, chronobiologiste interviewed by HuffPost . “I do not mind plugs, but already re-learn to know each other,” joked the researcher. “You can do it naturally, why go through a machine?”

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