No, youâre not dreaming: A sleep robot really does exist. In fact, itâs one of many super advanced new tech devices that could help you improve your sleep (and therefore, your productivity and happiness while awake).
Sleep and tech have historically had a fraught relationship. The blue light from devices like smartphones and iPads is a known disruptor of circadian rhythms (AKA your internal sleep-and-wake clock). Meanwhile, some studies have shown that scrolling through Instagram and Facebook feeds might foster anxiety and depression, emotions that donât exactly help with restful slumber.
But a new generation of devices is turning all of that tension around by using technology to both help you figure out why youâre not sleeping well and put you on a (pillowy) path to more blissful, energizing nights.
Check out the 7 most exciting new sleep trackers, below.
Lay down on Nokiaâs new pad (which goes under your sheets) and it will record lots of data while you snooze, like an analysis of your sleep cycles, heart rate, and snoring. That data is then sent to the app, giving you the chance to chart whatâs keeping you from hopping out of bed bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Itâll also sync with other smart devices in your house. For instance, it can turn the lights off for you when it senses youâre in bed. My only fear with this one is that the feeling of the pad might bother some people.
Okay, youâre not going to want to use this one if youâve just started snuggling with a new partner. The SmartSleep is a headband sleep sensor that kind of looks like a goofy helmet made out of fabric. Itâs soft, though, so as to not bother you when your headâs on the pillow. It tracks your sleep stages and provides tips on how to improve your sleep habits. In the companyâs own research, itâs been shown to help users improve the quality of their deep sleep.
Philips also makes this less intrusive tool you can set up on your nightstand. The light gradually increases before your wake time to simulate sunrise and help you wake up more naturally. At night, it also provides a guided light-and-sound breathing exercise to help you power down.
Finally, the âultimate huggableâ robot! Somnox looks like a pillow designed to fit the curve of your cuddled-up body, and thatâs exactly what it is. It âbreathesâ while you spoon it so that your inhales and exhales will naturally sync with the soothing rhythm, helping you fall asleep. Itâs also got audio if you need itâwhite noise, guided meditations, and even lullabies. And unlike other spooning partners, thereâs no chance it will inadvertently kick you at 4:00 a.m. (It also wonât spoon you back, but thatâs another issueâ¦)
Hereâs a slightly different approach: Muse is a brain-sensing headband you use when youâre awake, not asleep. But its ability to help you master meditation can help you calm your mind 24-7. Less stress and anxiety during the day equals better sleep at night.
I honestly canât believe it took so long for someone to give the sleep mask a tech upgrade. While this version of the popular sleep tool isnât as cozy as its cashmere counterparts, it has other features to make up for that. Internal lights guide you through a sleep-inducing breathing exercise and regulate melatonin to help you wake up naturally. Itâs the perfect in-flight device for a frequent flyer.
This oneâs a definite splurge, but it does come with a 25-year warranty. Itâs basically the smartest bed you can buy, thanks to climate-cooling technology and smartphone-adjustable firmness on individual sides (in case your partner likes a cushier zone, or vice versa). The bed even tracks your sleep and shows you your nightly Sleep IQ, which you can work on improving by making adjustments.