Good evening, good ‘night, with roses thoughtfully – it would be nice! One third of Germans suffer from sleep problems. And while the night’s sleep is so incredibly important. Those who sleep well and give their body the time to regenerate, reduce stress, reduce the risk of illness, reduce the hunger feeling the next day – and will be even more beautiful! Because during sleep, the body produces the skin tightening collagen especially eagerly.
Because sleep disorders become a real health problem over time, there are countless gadgets and digital sheep counting apps, as well as snoring remedies. Because the partner of a snorer loses an average of one hour of sleep per night. LEAD has the top ten for smart sleeping.
Normally, the Massachusetts audio specialist produces headphones and speakers that make music sound brilliant and dynamic. Everything is different with the new sleepbuds that will be available in Germany for € 270 from September 20th. Because they do not deliver music – but (almost) only silence!
The sleep helpers play ten specially developed for this purpose soothing sounds that mask noise such as snoring or car traffic with a Gegenton and thus provide peace. The batteries of the pegs last for two nights. The sleepbuds do not play music at all – but there is an alarm that reliably arouses the user but lets the sleeping partner continue to sleep.
After the triumph of the iPhone from 2007, the Finns overslept the smartphone trend so involuntarily. Unlike at that time, Nokia’s health department is now volunteering as a sleep expert. The Nokia Sleep (100 euros) is a mat that comes under the sheets – and analyzed in detail the sleep of the user. All data on sleep depth, respiration, pulse rate, snoring and nocturnal movements then migrate to Nokia’s Health app.
The analysis of light sleep, deep sleep, and restless REM phases is much more detailed than most trackers on the wrist. In addition, the sleeping mat can also be connected to the Smart Home via an app. Examples of use: If you go to bed, it clears all the lights in the house. And who gets up in the morning, automatically starts the coffee machine.
Even a night of good sleep will eventually come to an end. And then the Parisian inventor Guillaume Rollande wants to ensure that the next morning starts well and restful. Because he was annoyed for years by his alarm clock, Rollande invented the Sensorwake Trio – a clever scent alarm clock that catches its owner gently with favorite scents such as cappuccino, chocolate, orange, peppermint or damp lawns. To assist, the sensor wakes off soft music and throws a wake-up light into the room.
At Indiegogo, Guillaume Rollande collected $ 214,000 for mass production, 675 percent more than expected. The delivery starts in November. A set of twelve scented capsules, each lasting one month, costs $ 99.
Somnox sleeping robot
If the partner next door in bed is not jealous! Because with the Somnox, a brand new invention from the Netherlands, sleepers cuddle in spoon position. The bean-shaped sleeping robot imitates a breathing rhythm that its user slowly adapts to – and relaxes more and more.
In addition, the Somnox plays app relaxing sounds, or so-called “white noise”. This “white noise” masks sounds and ensures peace. “The Somnox cuddles like a partner or a pet,” explains inventor Julian Jagtenerg. For better sleep (and jealousy) provides the 549 euro expensive new bedding from October, when the sale starts.
The most successful sleep app in the world comes from the Swedish company Northcube. Sleep Cycle analyzes sleep from the bedside table or from the edge of the mattress and records all data.
For a relaxed wake-up, the app registers the depth of sleep in the morning – and wakes up its user within a window of a maximum of 90 minutes if and only if he sleeps very lightly. Then getting up is not so difficult.
Compared to the rigid nine-minute phases of an iPhone, the snooze alarm is much more flexible here. It can be infinitely adjusted between one and 20 minutes, or it wakes again only during a light sleep phase. The app for iOS and Android is free. For the upgrade to premium, the Swedes demand depending on additional features between 1.99 euros and 29.99 euros a year.
Zeeq Smart Pillow
In the modern smart home even the pillow will be smart! The pillow of the US sleep specialist REM-Fit not only records all sleep data, but also plays music wirelessly with eight mini speakers, controls smart household appliances and wakes up. A built-in microphone registers snoring, and then provides with a slight vibration for silence. How strong the pillow vibrates, can be set – like all other functions – via app or with the help of Amazon Alexa.
With the “Swiss knife under the pillow” (according to the manufacturer), the night’s sleep becomes a sporting challenge. Because in the morning there is an overall rating for the “sleep performance”. In Germany, the Zeeq Smart Pillow is officially not yet available. But the manufacturer’s British website delivers across Europe. Price including shipping: 214 pounds (239 euros).
The light alarm clock of the French smart-health specialist helps twice – when falling asleep and when waking up. At bedtime, he plays a scientifically sophisticated sequence of gentle light effects and sounds for 20 minutes, which should bring the body slowly to rest. And in the morning, the game repeats, then brings another scenario, the user completely relaxed back to life.
Difference: In the evening, a red light spectrum mimics the sunset, which increases the release of the sleep hormone melatonin. And in the morning blue light effects simulate the sunrise. Even with the aura, the sleep phases determine the exact wake-up time.
After the turmoil of Withings, which was initially taken over by Nokia, and since May 2018 independent again, the manufacturer does not offer the aura at the moment officially. But it is still very well available at many dealers for around 160 euros.
While the competition usually only evaluates the quality of sleep, Philips goes one step further with its headband, which was just presented at the IFA. The SmartSleep Band wants to actively promote a healthier and better sleep. It registers via so-called delta waves when the user is in a particularly restful deep sleep phase – and then sends out sounds in certain volumes and frequencies that have been proven to promote and prolong deep sleep. The signals are so quiet that the human does not wake up, but registers it in the subconscious.
The headband does not help against insomnia. As a target group, Philips rather looks at users who have a maximum of seven hours a day to sleep, but who then want to use this phase particularly intensively. Powersleeping, so to speak, Philips speaks of “deeper deep sleep”. The SmartSleep is available from autumn for around 450 euros in Germany.
Garmin Vivosmart 4
Almost every fitness tracker or sports bracelet is now evaluating sleep data. And there are also numerous apps for the Apple Watch, such as the so-called Sleep Cycle, which do this job well. The new tracker from Garmin also offers another important function.
He was the first device of its kind to incorporate a pulse oximeter that regularly measures the oxygen content of the blood. This makes the bracelet early on sleep apnea aware, so nocturnal respiratory disorders that affect the oxygen supply to the body – and can cause, among other things, extreme fatigue on the next day.
Exact medical significance, the measurements do not have. But they should serve to inform those affected earlier than before about the problem and consult a doctor. The Vivosmart 4 is still available in the course of September for about 140 euros.
According to London-based Reviva Softworks, SnoreLab is the world’s most successful anti-snoring app, with users now evaluating more than 30 million naps. The program does not rely on the well-known from other apps Wachrütteln, but tries to combat the causes of snoring in the long term as a small sleep laboratory.
When the smartphone with the app is on the nightstand, it registers the course of the night and especially the snoring – and takes loud “highlights” even as sounds. The next morning results in the snoring score, the “Snore Score”. If the user also enters information about their daily routine in the app – for example, specific food, consumption of alcohol or measures taken against snoring – the app gradually learns the behavior of the snorer and his partner on calmer nights.
This anti-snoring education actually seems to work. The average rating in the App Store for iOS is 4.5 stars. Typical user comment: “Over 40 percent less snoring in just two weeks.” SnoreLab is free for iOS and Android, in-app purchases cost between € 4.49 and € 8.99.