According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 35 percent of American adults age 18-60 don’t get enough sleep. As in, that population gets less than seven hours each night. And while late-night work, snoring spouses, and an unhealthy addiction to Netflix can compound the problem, nothing cramps your circadian rhythms quite like kids.
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It doesn’t matter if it’s a new baby crying every two hours or a toddler who wakes up a the crack of dawn no matter the morning, being a parent generally means getting less sleep than your body needs. And since snoozing fewer than seven hours a night can lead to a laundry list of chronic ailments, it’s important to figure out ways to get the proper rest ⏤ whether it’s by going to be early, taking turns sleeping in on weekends, or investing in one of these seven sleep gadgets and sleep tech designed to track and improve sleep quality.
Smart Nora detects and alleviates snoring before it has a chance to wake either you or your mattress mate. It mounts to a headboard or wall, and when its sensors identify an imminent nasal vibrato, it uses a silent pump to inflate and deflate an insert under the pillow. The subtle movement is designed to nudge (not wake) the snorer into a better sleep position ⏤ one that allows them to breathe normally and not sound like a congested wildebeest.
Zeeq Smart Pillow
Most sleep gadgets require you to wear an activity tracker on your wrist. Zeeq does not. Its smart sensors require only that you rest your weary head upon it. While you sleep, it tracks all of your personal dozing data, from how much you tossed and turned, to your deep-sleep time, to your snore volume. And if you have trouble falling asleep to begin with, Zeeq will even stream soothing lullabies culled from a Spotify playlist through its built-in speakers.
Fitbit Alta HR
More than just a high-tech step-counter, the slim-banded Fitbit Alta HR takes sleep tracking to the next level. An onboard continuous heart-rate monitor notes the space between every beat in order to accurately chronicle your body’s sleep stages, determining what percentage of your ‘zs’ are spent in REM, light sleep, or full-bore deep snoozing.
S+ By ResMed Personal Sleep Solution
Plop the S+ bedside monitor on your nightstand, pair it to your phone via Bluetooth, and doze off: that’s all you have to do. From there, its sensors will pick up on your breathing and body movements, while also paying heed to noise, ambient light levels, and the temperature in your bedroom. When you awake, you’ll get a report card and sleep score, as well as tailored suggestions on how to improve your sleep quality.
LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine
This sleep gadget packs a rainbow of auditory sedatives, including white, pink, and brown noise to help you nod off (And you thought there was just jungle rain and crashing waves.) All the sounds are non-cyclic ⏤ meaning they don’t repeat on a five-minute loop ⏤ and the compact unit features a ceiling-facing speaker loud enough to both fill the room and drown out the sounds within earshot.
Utilizing ballistocardiography sensors originally designed for medical devices, this comfy smart mattress tracks your heart-rate variability, breathing, body movement, stress levels, and sleep cycles. It also uses a smart alarm to wake you during the lightest phase of your cycle, ensuring you’re up and at ‘em without feeling the least bit groggy. Even better, there are sensors on both sides of the bed so it can track two separate sleepers individually.
Mosche Sunrise Alarm Clock
Assuming the kids haven’t already barreled through the door, the halo of light from this digital clock simulates a natural sunrise and begins to brighten 30 minutes before your wake-up time in order to gently ease you into the new day. If somehow you’re still asleep (good for you), it also has a traditional FM radio or a variety of nature sounds to rouse you to consciousness.