Technology and sleep have a complicated relationship. The Industrial Revolution brought about massive disruptions to our natural sleep patterns, and much of the technology that’s so integral to our daily existence continues to make it difficult to fall asleep at night—not to mention the havoc it wreaks on the sleep of teens, who need shut-eye more than anyone else.
And yet technology has also given rise to great improvements in sleep. Apps give us greater insight into our nightly sleeping patterns, advances in bed and linen technology allows for a completely optimized sleep experience, and a seemingly endless array of new gadgets has popped up to fulfill our every sleep need.
So what’s the verdict? Is technology good for sleep, or bad? The answer is yes. While staring at your iPhone in bed until you’re ready to turn in is still not a smart idea, some technology was created with the specific science of sleep in mind, and can seriously up your sleep game.
In fact, there’s so much incredible sleep technology out there that it can be difficult to figure out which products are right for you! That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite bedroom gadgets to help you sleep better each night, and wake up feeling amazing each morning.
This futuristic-looking sleep tracker measures and monitors your sleep behavior, while also keeping close tabs on bedroom conditions—things like light, noise, temperature, humidity, particulates in the air, etc. Even cooler: if you use the alarm feature, it will sense when you’re in the lightest part of your sleep cycle and wake you up then.
For those of us who aren’t morning people, getting out of bed when the alarm goes off can be quite challenging—even if we’re at the lightest stage of our sleep cycle, it’s all too tempting to just hit snooze and slide back into slumber. That’s what makes the iQ alarm clock so brilliant: the only way to get it to stop going off is to answer certain questions that require a modicum of lucidity to solve. This gets your brain activated first thing in the morning, helping to sharpen your problem-solving skills and making it that much less likely that you’ll slip back to sleep.
3. USB heated slippers
On an icy winter morning, there are a lot of reasons to want to stay in bed—not the least of which is dreading the sensation of the cold floor on your feet. That’s when these USB-heated slippers come to the rescue. These ultra-cozy slippers have USB-powered heating units that distribute warmth throughout the slippers to keep your toes nice and toasty.
Having high-quality music in your bedroom can enhance every experience—relaxing at the end of a long day, gearing up for the day in the morning, getting dressed for a big event. However, having bulky speaker systems and wires hooked up in the space you sleep doesn’t create a relaxing, sleep-friendly environment. That’s why these premium Bluetooth speakers are so brilliant: they clip to you bed’s foundation, letting you fill your room with sound while retaining the peaceful aesthetic of your bedroom.
These cordless, stylish cubes look almost like modern art pieces, but they’re actually extremely functional. Each cube monitors temperature, humidity, air quality, noise, light, and pressure in the room and sends this information to the cloud so that you can access it anywhere. They also send you alerts when conditions in your bedroom are suboptimal, and even let you know when it’s time to dim the lights in the evening!
Now seeking funding on Kickstarter, this cool solar-powered gadget clips to your (vertical or horizontal) venetian blinds and adjusts how much light is let in based on weather, room temperature, and light conditions. Not only is this an easy, hands-off way to keep your bedroom conditions perfect, it can also save you a lot on your energy bill!
This isn’t your mom’s humidifier. The Osmos automatically shuts off when optimal humidity level is reached, and sends you a notification when it needs refilling or the filters need to be replaced. You can also control it from your mobile device, making it easier than ever to combat dry air in your bedroom.
An included feature in our 9T adjustable foundation, the under-the-bed nightlight solves the whole groping-around-for-a-light-switch-in-the-dark problem, helping you make it safely across the room if the need for a midnight bathroom trip should arise.
Whether it’s for a lazy morning or an intimate evening, you can create the perfect mood with this innovative and striking mood lighting. You can control the light mood from your smartphone, smartwatch, or tablet, and totally transform your room with just a few taps!
10. Nest Thermostat
The Nest has been around for a while, but it’s such a brilliant, simple, and useful device that it merits a place on this list. With auto-scheduled temperatures, a Wi-Fi-enabled remote control, and serious energy-saving benefits, the Nest is a no-brainer for creating your perfect sleep sanctuary.
Plug in, log on, power up…and then, drift off.