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Fancy a cud­dle to help you reach the land of nod? A full night’s sleep is often deemed the ul­ti­mate lux­ury, and the Somnox hug-to-nap robot may well be one of the cutest sleep-tech gad­gets on the mar­ket. The ra­tio­nale be­hind it is that as you hold the bean-shaped robot, you’ll sub­con­sciously match your breath­ing rhythm to its gen­tle, evenly placed in­hala­tions and ex­ha­la­tions. Breath-mir­ror­ing ex­er­cises have been shown to re­sult in a longer, deeper sleep, as well as a nat­u­ral wake-up rou­tine. The de­vice links to an app that al­lows you to per­son­alise your sleep­ing pat­terns, whereby you can choose from var­i­ous breath­ing tech­niques, opt for the robot to stay still af­ter a set time or once you fall asleep, and even get it to make sooth­ing sounds when you’re fall­ing asleep or just be­fore you want to wake up.

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