Everyone loves a gadget; the anxious herds huddled outside stores anticipating the latest Apple product are testament to that. We also love sleeping, and luckily for us there is a huge array of sleep tech on the market ready to try out.
Here at Dormu, sustainability and functionality come first when developing our luxury sleep aids. So to help you make the right choice when selecting technological sleep assistance, we’ve put together a list of our favourite high-tech sleeping aids that are highly functional and reliably effective.
Best headphones for sleep:
Kokoon Sleep & Relaxation Earphones
It may seem uncomfortable and slightly alien to wear earphones to sleep, but with these Kokoon earphones, you’ll barely notice you’re wearing them. Designed specifically for that very purpose, its softness is tested globally to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep for those who wear them. Featuring triple-layered disturbance protection that filters out snoring partners or the dull hum of a 747 at 30,000 feet, these earphones also offer highly effective noise-cancelling properties.
The Kokoon earphones also feature app integration with your smartphone, helping you track how you’ve slept and offering personalised improvement advice based on EEG brainwave sensors and motion sensing; they can even sense disturbances in your sleep. Kokoon has not only found a way to match comfort and functionality, they do so without using any animal products.
US$ 349.99, kokoon.io
Calm Meditation App - Sleep Stories
There’s no better or more peaceful way for young people to fall asleep than being read a bedtime story. So, why not for adults too? Calm Sleep Stories is available exclusively through the Calm Meditation app and was created with the intention allowing its listeners to unwind and drift to the sound of relaxing and calming tales after a long day. Each story is narrated by a comforting and familiar voice, including Stephen Fry, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Harry Styles, and Kate Winslet. But the Dormu recommendation has to be Wonder read by Matthew McConaughey - we guarantee you a good sleep with this one.
7-Day Free Trial, calm.com
Best alarm clock:
Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 750DAB
On the surface, some of Lumie Bodyclock Luxe’s features seem commonly available: DAB+ radio, bluetooth speakers and built in sleep/wake sounds. But what really makes it stand out for us is the fully customisable sunrise and sunset features with low-blue light, especially for bedtime lighting. The Bodyclock’s ability to mimic the natural rise and setting of the sun allows for you to naturally adjust to waking up, rather than being jolted awake by the incessant ringing of an alarm on your smartphone. As we mentioned in our The Art of Sleep eBook, light is the most powerful cue in aligning your circadian rhythms to the environment. Light exposure suppresses melatonin, so when it’s light outside, your brain tells you to stay alert. When the sun sets and melatonin production initiates, your body knows it’s time to sleep. For shift workers, athletes and those of us that start our working day before the sun comes up, a sunlight-mimicking alarm clock is an invaluable piece of tech.
Best for sleep environment:
Netatmo Smart Indoor Air Quality Monitor
The environment you create for sleeping is a huge factor in the quality of your sleep. In The Art of Sleep, we discuss how diet, light exposure, and exercise can interfere with your circadian rhythms, but did you know that the quality of air in your home environment can also have a major impact on the quality of your sleep? The Netatmo Indoor Air Quality monitor measures four major factors: air quality, humidity, temperature and noise. It uses this data to profile the quality of your sleep environment and then makes suggestions on how to improve any areas that aren’t up to standard. The device fully integrates to your smart home set-up and a majority of devices. It will turn your smart home into a healthy one too.