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Sleeping Smart: Sleep-Aid Innovation

Sleep doesn’t come easy for many. A recent study found that 22% of the UK population claimed to sleep poorly most nights. Sleep aids have never been in such demand; experts predict the industry will be worth £66.5bn by 2020.

Here’s our round up of the best sleep-enhancing technology around.

Beddit is the recent acquisition by Apple, described as ‘Fitbit’ for sleep – a paper thin device that sits under bedsheets that claims to accurately monitor heart rate, breathing and snoring to help understand your quality of sleep and how to improve it.

Image credit - Beddit

Neuroon is a futuristic sleep mask – the first consumer product to market that monitors EEG brainwaves to improve quality of sleep. Designed to combat jet lag and facilitate power naps it will also wake you at the lightest point in your sleep cycle.

Image credit - Neuroon

Further afield, Nasa are experimenting with technologies such as hypothermic temperature management in order to send its astronauts into hypersleep or short-term hibernation for manned space missions. They recently gave a grant to SpaceWorks – a company experimenting with hypersleep. Currently 14 days is the longest a human being has survived hypothermic stasis.

One potential commercial application under consideration is as a kind of intensive two-day recuperative therapy as it has been proven to help bodies heal in medical settings by lowering metabolism and blood pressure.

Perhaps not ready for the spa menu, but certainly food for thought.

Image credit – The Martian (film)

Temperature control is the most important factor affecting quality of sleep. Breathable, natural fabrics such as cotton are the best option for sleepwear. Choose loose-fitting, lightweight garments that offer total freedom of movement for unhindered sleep.

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