Dr. Oz says we need more sleep; these in­no­va­tions can help

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - LIFE - By Christo­pher Lawrence Las Vegas Re­view-jour­nal

Most of us have to sleep at least seven hours a night. Men are ac­tu­ally need­ier than women. They al­ways are. We need about seven and a half hours.

Sleep isn’t just some­thing peo­ple take for granted, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Mehmet Oz, it’s some­thing they ig­nore en­tirely.

“Most don’t ap­pre­ci­ate that evo­lu­tion would have got­ten rid of sleep if it wasn’t so vi­tal to our well-be­ing. There’s no ben­e­fit to be­ing de­fense­less for eight hours a night.”

The TV host and at­tend­ing physi­cian at New Yorkpres­by­te­rian Hos­pi­tal/ Columbia Med­i­cal Cen­ter took a few min­utes af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in two healthre­lated pan­els at CES to talk about the im­por­tance of sleep at the Sleep­score Labs booth.

Asked why, at CES amid all the ro­bots and mas­sive TVS, any­one should care about sleep tech, Dr. Oz called the lack of a good night’s

sleep Amer­ica’s “sin­gle most un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated prob­lem in health.”

Just 5 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion can get by on less than six hours of sleep each night, he noted. “The 95 per­cent mere mor­tals like most of us have to sleep at least seven hours a night. Men are ac­tu­ally need­ier than women. They al­ways are. We need about seven and a half hours.”

Sleep data

The av­er­age woman in Ne­vada goes to bed at 10:44 p.m. and wakes at 6:49 a.m.

Aside from be­ing a po­ten­tial plot point in a fu­ture sea­son of the Net­flix stalker drama “You,” that in­for­ma­tion, col­lected from millions of hours of data by Sleep­score, is be­ing used in a va­ri­ety of sleep-re­lated part­ner­ships.

The com­pany of­fers an app as well as hard­ware that uses ra­dio fre­quency sen­sors to track con­sumers’ res­pi­ra­tory and body move­ments. That data, in turn, will tell the com­pany as well as the user when they’re asleep and how deeply. “We can tell that you’re in dream sleep,” said Sleep­score CEO Colin Lawlor, “but we can’t tell what you’re dream­ing about.”

At CES, Sleep­score un­veiled its col­lab­o­ra­tion with In­ter­na­tional Fla­vors & Fra­grances. Their sleep fra­grance, ac­cord­ing to its test­ing, helped par­tic­i­pants spend 26 per­cent less time awake af­ter fall­ing asleep.

It’s not yet on the mar­ket.

Ad­di­tional up­com­ing

IFF fra­grances have been de­signed to help users wake up as well.

The anti-snor­ing pil­low

The Mo­tion Pil­low by 10Minds, which in­flates its in­ter­nal airbags to re­po­si­tion its owner’s head dur­ing the night to pre­vent snor­ing, is a CES 2020 In­no­va­tion Awards hon­oree. Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, a So­lu­tion Box placed on the night­stand will an­a­lyze head po­si­tions and breath­ing pat­terns through­out the night, then make ad­just­ments to the pil­low’s shape, al­low­ing for unim­peded breath­ing. Cur­rently seek­ing fund­ing via Indiegogo, the Mo­tion Pil­low is ex­pected to ship in April with a re­tail price of $420.

The smart bed

Swedish lux­ury bed­maker DUX in­tro­duced its El­e­ment, de­signed to make your bed the cen­ter of your smart home. With the Ama­zon Alexa-com­pat­i­ble DUX Smart Mod­ule, users can sync all their smart tech — win­dow shades, light­ing, etc. — to cre­ate a seam­less sleep­ing and/or wak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Need extra help wak­ing up in the morn­ing? You can set ad­di­tional op­tions, like hav­ing to solve a math prob­lem to prove you’re awake be­fore the alarm will stop mak­ing noise. The en­tire bed­ding sys­tem, in­clud­ing the Smart Mod­ule, starts at $4,950 and is ex­pected to be avail­able in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2020 at Ama­zon or Dux­i­ana.com.

Light ther­apy

Lu­mos Flux, which pro­motes it­self as “light ther­apy glasses for night owls,” is ded­i­cated to al­le­vi­at­ing the health risks as­so­ci­ated with sleep de­pri­va­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the Lu­mos Flux de­vel­op­ers, for­mer Ap­ple de­signer Lu­cas Wen and Dr. Jamie Zeitzer from Stan­ford Cen­ter for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, by re­flect­ing light back into the wearer’s eyes and stim­u­lat­ing the gan­glion cells, the glasses can help boost mela­tonin lev­els and re­set the cir­ca­dian rhythm. Lu­mos Flux will launch on Indiegogo in March with de­liv­ery of the first 500 units promised in June.

The head­band

Ebb Ther­a­peu­tics show­cased its wear­able sleep de­vice that uses cool­ing ac­tiv­ity to re­duce meta­bolic ac­tiv­ity in the frontal cor­tex. The flu­id­filled head­band is de­signed to keep the wearer’s mind calm to aid in get­ting to sleep and stay­ing that way. A sec­ond, bat­tery-pow­ered por­ta­ble de­vice, ex­pected to de­but late this year, is de­signed for fre­quent trav­el­ers.

Con­tact Christo­pher Lawrence at clawrence @re­viewjour­nal.com or 702-380-4567. Fol­low @ life_on­the­couch on Twit­ter.

Las Vegas Re­view-jour­nal

Ebb Ther­a­peu­tics

Ebb Ther­a­peu­tics show­cased its wear­able de­vice that cools the brain to re­duce meta­bolic ac­tiv­ity and im­prove sleep.

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