You Snooze, You Win

Test­ing three sleep-en­hanc­ing gad­gets

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life Tech -

Golf and sleep aren’t a great two­some. Be­tween the an­tic­i­pa­tion of play­ing and the game’s early morn­ing start times, it’s of­ten tough to get enough shut-eye.We tested three mod­ern gad­gets that prom­ise to help.

sense sleep sys­tem

A coin-size sen­sor goes on the side of your pil­low to mon­i­tor your move­ment. An­other ob­ject that looks like an over­size golf ball (pic­tured) sits next to your bed and tracks the en­vi­ron­ment.They send in­for­ma­tion to an app that sug­gests what can be changed – like room tem­per­a­ture, noise, air qual­ity and light – to achieve op­ti­mal sleep­ing con­di­tions.The Sense ($149) also pro­duces calm­ing, am­bi­ent sounds to help you doze off. Sadly, those sooth­ing fake bird chirps in golf tele­casts are not among them.

with­ings aura-con­nected alarm clock + sleep sen­sor

About the size of a small bed­side lamp, this de­vice emits colours that its man­u­fac­turer says en­cour­age se­cre­tion of sleep hor­mones. Scep­ti­cal? We were, too, but we found it oddly calm­ing – and the most ef­fec­tive of these three prod­ucts.While you sleep, a sen­sor tracks tem­per­a­ture, light and sound lev­els.The de­vice ($299) also gen­er­ates a bright wake-up glow in the morn­ing, or you can add mu­sic.We pro­grammed Dave Log­gins’“Au­gusta” Masters theme as our alarm.

neu­roon mask

Neu­roon calls it­self a “smart” sleep mask. Col­lect­ing info about your brain waves, sleep pat­terns, breath­ing cy­cles and heart rate, it can tell you a lot about why you’re not sleep­ing. And it of­fers ad­vice on com­bat­ing the prob­lems, un­like some prod­ucts. In the morn­ing, the mask ($269 at Neu­roon.com) re-cre­ates the light of a slowly break­ing dawn. It sounds cheesy, but we found this wake-up call sooth­ing and ef­fec­tive. – JOEL BEALL

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