While sleep doctors warn against the use of smartphones and TVs in the bedroom, they do support some tech devices aimed at improving your sleep.
“They are useful for tracking the amount of sleep, quality of sleep and changes in patterns,” said Phyllis Zee, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “I recommend them to patients and friends because these monitors can help motivate healthy sleep behaviors.”
Here are a few gadgets that could be helpful on your nightstand.
Withings Aura Total Sleep System
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The system’s bedside light changes color and monitors room temperature, light and noise. A sleep sensor is tucked under the mattress and helps detect the best time of your sleep cycle to wake you. The system works with a smartphone to graph the information it collects. $189.95 at www.withings.com.
The NASA Sleep Promoting Light Bulb
This 9-watt LED bulb produces as much light as a 65-watt incandescent. But it reduces blue light by 50 percent to encourage the production of melatonin, which is used by the body to regulate one’s circadian rhythm. $39.95 at www.hammacher.com.
If it’s neck pain keeping you up, then this could help. This pillow was designed by a chiropractor, and it’s made of Talalay latex from the milk of a rubber tree. It’s supposed to relieve 33 percent more pressure and be 20 times more durable than a memory-foam pillow. $139 for the original at www.pillo1.com.
This will track, graph and get to know everything about your sleep habits. It tells you how much you toss and turn and offers suggestions for why you’re not sleeping (such as a bedroom that is too warm or one that is too bright). $129 at https://store.hello.is.
Glo To Sleep
This advanced sleep mask attempts to calm your brain waves by blocking out the light to help you produce melatonin, and it uses lightly pulsing blue lights, which will gradually fade until you pass out. $29.99 at www.glotosleep.com.
NightWave Sleep Assistant
It projects a soft blue light into your room, and as the light gets brighter, you breathe in. As it gets darker, you breathe out. The movement will become slower over a period of seven minutes and then shut off, and, the company promises, you should be able to fall asleep. $49.95 at www.nightwave.com.
Tranquil Moments Pro Sleep System
This clock has 20 relaxation programs designed to help you relax and sleep – and there’s a timer for each. It also has a sunrise alarm clock light. $199.99 at www.brookstone.com.
Apple iPhone 6 Blue-Blocking Screen
We know we’re not supposed to check our phones before bed, but sometimes it’s necessary. So slap this shield on your phone to reduce the blue light rays that suppress the production of melatonin. $19.95 at www.sleepshield.com.
Advanced Anti-Snore Pillow
This positions sleepers on their side, maximizing air flow so they'll snore less. $69.99 at www.sharperimage.com.
Sleep Easy Sound Conditioner
It sounds like a fan, providing continuous, unbroken white noise, though you can adjust the tone and the volume. This can help block out many sounds, including snoring. $26.52 at www.amazon.com.