Sleep tech: New technologies to improve sleep

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Sleep tech: New technologies to improve sleep

Sleep tech: New technologies to improve sleep

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Scientists have designed new apps and gadgets that may help in combating sleeplessness
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      Quantumrun Foresight
    • March 10, 2022

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    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults need a minimum of seven hours of sleep every night. Chances are you’re not hitting those sleep hours. Thankfully, new sleep tech might help.

    Sleep tech context

    A review study states 40 percent of people in 13 countries had trouble sleeping during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Anxiety, stress, alcohol, caffeine, social media, too much work, or even no work could be a few reasons behind an improper sleep cycle—it varies from person to person. As per the World Health Organization (WHO), sleeplessness was already at the "epidemic" stage even before COVID-19. Unfortunately, the virus' rapid growth across the globe has made those feelings more intense and widespread, leading to a condition termed "coronasomnia."

    Fortunately, lots of new apps and gadgets have been designed that claim to induce better sleep.

    Disruptive impact

    Though sleep tech may never replace an expert therapist or sleep specialist, there is room for some gadgets and apps—especially those designed by professionals with scientific principles in mind—to work in tandem with the latest methods to lead to better sleep. 

    For instance, Tyler Skluzacek and his team have programmed a Pebble watch to measure a person's body movements and heart rate during sleep. A sudden increase in these indicators would result in sending vibrations to the wearer's wrist, signaling the starting of a nightmare. Tyler got this idea from service dogs, who nudge or lick veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they moan in their sleep to disrupt nightmares and help them sleep peacefully. 

    Several other tech-based innovations, such as smart beds, weighted blankets, apps, movement and auditory sensors, and Oura rings, could improve sleep. Moreover, sleep tech innovations may also let individuals pick their dreams, treat frequent and disruptive nightmares, enhance the quality of daytime functioning, and reduce the risk of strokes and cardiovascular diseases. 

    Applications for sleep tech

    Widescale commercialization and adoption of sleep tech can:

    • Enhance sleep quality and reduce sleep deprivation of a given population.
    • Improve the long-term health prospects of people by lowering stress hormones at scale.
    • Improve worker productivity in the public and private sectors at a societal level.

    Question to comment on

    • How can sleep tech help specialists monitor, test, diagnose, manage, prevent, and cure sleep-related disorders? 
    • How might sleep tech impact the quality of your sleep?
    • What health benefits can be achieved with effective sleep tech solutions?

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