Sweet dreams tech­nol­ogy

BED­TIME: Apps, head sets and pil­lows for a good night’s rest

Weekend Witness - - News - KYLE VENKTESS

TECH­NOL­OGY is slowly creep­ing into your bed­room and even into your bed. How­ever, it’s all in the name of de­feat­ing those rest­less nights when you just can’t fall asleep.

There’s an end­less list of apps avail­able for all makes of de­vices that of­fer play­back of white noise and am­bi­ent sounds to help with fall­ing asleep. A sim­ple search at any one of the app stores will yield many re­sults.

But for a more phys­i­cal ap­proach, a range of tech­nolo­gies are be­ing de­vel­oped to bring us closer to a lover who’s far away or block out the snor­ing of a lover who’s too close by!

I make up a part of the pop­u­la­tion that can’t fall asleep with­out lis­ten­ing to mu­sic or watch­ing TV.

If you’re like me, you’re prob­a­bly hav­ing a hard time with un­com­fort­able head­phones, not for­get­ting how eas­ily clumsy wires get dam­aged from toss­ing and turn­ing, mak­ing them un­us­able. There is a so­lu­tion for dura­bil­ity and com­fort.

The much raved-about Jabra Revo wire­less head­set pro­duces a good sound qual­ity out­put and syncs eas­ily with most lap­tops, smart- phones and tablets via Blue­tooth and NFC.

One of the sig­na­ture high­lights of the head­set is that it is de­signed to be “used and abused”. The Revo can with­stand the tor­ture of a rest­less night and the con­cealed vol­ume and play­back con­trols are con­ve­nient.

While the Revo of­fers com­fort and good sound out­put, it might re­strict turn­ing head move­ments on the pil­low — let’s be fair, the Revo wasn’t built for sleep­ing and it doesn’t come cheap.

But then we have Sleep­Phones, which are lit­er­ally night wear for your ears. Sleep­Phones re­sem­ble your gym sweat­band, but have the speak­ers built in, of­fer­ing the most com­fort for sleep­ing with head­phones.

Un­for­tu­nately, Sleep­Phones are wired so toss­ing and turn­ing might cause the cord in the jack to wear.

There is a so­lu­tion if you need to have your part­ner close by to fall asleep and you’re in a long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship or trav­el­ling with­out your part­ner. Pil­low Talk pil­lows may soon be­come a con­nec­tion through your heart­beat.

They work through a ring or wrist­band that reg­is­ters its wearer’s heart­beat. A smart­phone app con­nects it to your part­ner’s de­vice and then a pil­low im­i­tates your part­ner’s heart­beat in re­al­time, while the pil­low sub­tly lights up.

Does tech­nol­ogy help you sleep? Let me know what you think @KyleVenk­t­ess. • kyle.venktess@wit­ness.co.za

PHOTO: SLEEP­PHONES

Sleep­Phones re­sem­ble a sweat­band and have flat speak­ers em­bed­ded in them for a com­fort­able rest.

PHOTO: FACE­BOOK

Pil­low Talk pil­lows help cou­ples in long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ships feel each oth­ers’ heart­beats, and light up a part­ner’s pil­low when the other is asleep.

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