Sweet dreams technology
BEDTIME: Apps, head sets and pillows for a good night’s rest
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.
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SleepPhones resemble a sweatband and have flat speakers embedded in them for a comfortable rest.
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.