As we age our sleep habits change and more than half of men
and women over the age of 65 have at least one sleep problem.
Contributing factors include poor sleep habits, medical conditions, medications,
sleep apnea, and retirement (Ha! who knew?). Good, restorative sleep is
important to our physical health as well as our emotional health. Can monitoring
your sleep, especially in the comfort of your own home,
help you sleep better? Here are a few companies* that think so:
Nyx Devices has a
Somnus sleep shirt made of extremely
lightweight, breathable material embedded with thin, flexible sensors. Add in
the SleepLogger and you can record the quality and the quantity of your sleep.
provides sleep quality measurements such as sleep onset, sleep latency, total
sleep time, number and duration of awakenings and sleep efficiency. Can be worn
around ankle, wrist or waist.
FitBit Ultra tracks
activity as well as sleep. Put the wireless device into the sleep wristband and
it tracks your body's movements, how often you wake up and actual sleep time.
Scientists have not been able to explain a 1998 study showing a
bright light shone on the backs of human knees can reset the brain's
is a comprehensive system to
help you improve your sleep.
They offer a mobile and a
bedside option. The bedside
composed of a lightweight wireless headband, a bedside
display, a set of online analytical tools, and an
email-based personalized coaching program. They also
have a quick online
find out your sleep age.
iPhone users can use their phone as a sleep monitor.
The newer phones have an integrated sensor that lets
apps like "Sleep Cycle" monitor sleep by simply placing
it on your bed.
And for .99 (U.S.) it certainly is an inexpensive way to learn how you sleep.
Maybe a Polar Bear is all you need for a good night's sleep? This pillowbot is
designed to stop chronic snorers or those who suffer from sleep apnea by a
gentle brush on the cheek. Click here to watch a demo.
Or could your mattress be keeping you from the sleep you need? Check out
Sleep Council website for information about selecting and buying a mattress.
less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you're sleep
deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you're
still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel
sleepy by day.
* We are not affiliated in any way with these companies.