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Sleeping should be something that comes naturally to everyone. But itís thought that 40% of British adults struggle to get at least seven hours of sleep per night.
As a result, there have been plenty of gadgets developed that aim to improve our sleep hygiene.
Whilst sleeping and technology might seem at odds with each other, some of these apps, mattresses, and monitors can all help us get some quality sleep.
Contemporary sleep tech
We are now better informed than ever about our sleeping habits, as a wave of apps and sleep monitors can let us know exactly how much sleep we are getting, and how we can get even more.
Fitbit have released the popular Alta HR wearable sleep tracker that monitors your heart rate, and can give you insights into how much light sleep, deep sleep or REM sleep you are getting.
The Beddit Smart 3 is an ultra-thin sensor that you can put under your bedsheets, and it will give you a wealth of information about your sleeping habits, and even provide tips for improving your sleep when you wake in the morning.
There are plenty of ways to improve your sleeping environment, but itís the humble mattress thatís perhaps the biggest factor in boosting your sleep hygiene. There are certain aspects to think about when buying your new mattress.
Coil sprung mattresses are ﬁrmer, for orthopaedic support, yet lighter, making them easier to turn. If youíre prone to allergies then foam mattresses are hypoallergenic, and latex foam offers a silky feel to it. Memory foam moulds the shape of your body, to give you all over support, as well as keeping you warmer. Pocket sprung mattresses distribute weight evenly across the bed, so the amount of pockets needs to be considered, and natural ﬁllings regulate your temperature on those hot summer nights.
Be sure to check out the latest mattresses from Bedstar to get that optimum, quality sleep, to wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Despite all of these technological innovations, itís clear that itís how we life our lives that has a particularly large impact on our sleeping habits.
In the hours before bedtime, itís always a good idea to avoid fatty foods and caffeine. And be sure to limit alcohol intake and mobile use as a good way of winding down naturally.
But everything from getting plenty of exercise during the day, to avoiding stress can also work wonders in boosting our sleep hygiene.
So whilst we can all get the latest sleeping gadgets, itís nice to know that everything from living a balanced lifestyle to getting a new mattress can also help our ability to get a good eight-hourís sleep.