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Can Gadgets and Gizmos Fix Sleep Problems?

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People with sleeping problems will have no issue telling you how they can interfere with normal everyday life. People who don't log enough shut eye have trouble focusing, are at a higher risk of accidents and have an increased appetite and risk for weight gain. If you're one of the many people who have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, technology might be the answer you've been looking for. Despite the warnings from experts cautioning against spending too much time hooked to your devices, there are some out there that you should be using to help you sleep at night. While you want to avoid looking at screens right before bed because of the blue light they emit, you can use certain technological items to track your sleep and help you figure out what's getting in the way of a good night's rest.

Gadgets to help you sleep

The Neuroon is billed as an "intelligent sleep mask" that was designed to help you track your sleep habits and patterns and identify when you enter the REM stage of sleep. It's also used to emit gradually increasing light, via LED bulbs, to help you wake up and feel alert in the morning. The device will help you figure out how many times you wake up at night and provide you with other valuable information for getting good sleep. However, users say the mask isn't relaxing or comfortable because it's so large and bulky. Others say the lights are jerky and don't resemble the sun coming up at all. If you'd like to try something else, consider the Dreampad musical pillow. The manufacturers of the pillow claim that it doesn't just contain a speaker, but instead is equipped with vibrating technology that is supposed to lull you to sleep, while combining with a variety of different musical choices to help create a relaxing and serene environment for your slumber. Some users say the vibrating sensation isn't that relaxing and is actually rather jarring. The music may be relaxing to some, but could be too distracting to induce sleep in others. You can certainly use these items on their own, or in combination with the other sleep trackers on the market. Many of these products can be linked to smartphone apps that make it easier and more convenient to gather your data and read it in the morning.

Dream machines

There are a variety of other so called dream machines out there. They include the Sense and Beddit, both of which you can place in your bed to track your sleeping patterns all night long. Similar to the Neuroon, the sensors detect when you're asleep or awake, when you're moving and when you're not, what stage of sleep you're in and various other pieces of data. You can use this information to determine what might be getting in the way of a good night's rest. Once you can identify what might be interfering with your sleep, you can take steps to remedy the problem. For example, if you discover that you quit breathing for several seconds at a time during the night, you could have sleep apnea, which can be treated and is a medical condition that requires a doctor's visit. Unfortunately, these, and other sleep trackers, aren't fail proof. For example, the ones rigged to detect movement might think you are actually asleep, when in reality you're lying there hoping to fall asleep soon. Likewise, they could detect fitful sleeping as being awake, which can skew the data produced. The bottom line here is that you should see a doctor if you have sleeping problems, but dream machines could also help.

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