Under cover comforts
The Withings Sleep (£99.95, withings.com) is good place to start: it’s a snooze-tracking sensor that lurks beneath your mattress to monitor movement, sleep cycles, respiration and heart rate, as well as detect snoring, all in order to improve sleeping habits. A recent update means it now measures the intensity of these disturbances to help identify serious disorders like sleep apnea.
But if it’s your other half’s freight train-style snoring that’s keeping you awake at night, the intelligent and snore-busting Hupnos (£95, hupnos.com) sleep mask can detect your noise and send tiny vibrational cues to the offender to change positions and open their airways.
Nodding off and waking up
It’s widely believed that sleep-related issues are caused by a disruption to our circadian rhythms and that light plays a vital role in adjusting and maintaining our internal body clock. Lumie’s Bodyclock Spark 100 (£75, lumie.com) promises to help you wind down with a gradual 30-minute sunset simulation that triggers a natural cue in the body to increase the production of sleep hormones. On the flip side, by simulating a sunrise it’ll rouse you in the morning in a more natural way, helping you beat early morning misery (also known as ‘sleep inertia’) by gradually getting brighter.
Meanwhile, Philips’ excellent wireless Hue lights (from £59.99, meethue.com) make it easy to effortlessly set and trigger 30-minute fades by audibly commanding Google’s digital assistant to do it for you. Simply uttering ‘turn on gentle wake up’ will sync your lights with any alarms you ask the Assistant to set, while ‘hey Google, sleep the lights’ kicks off that faux sunset.
Because your body temperature naturally shifts as you sleep, high temperatures can lead to fragmented and disturbed slumber. Your body needs to decrease its temperature to fall asleep, which explains why flipping over the pillow to feel the gratifyingly cold caress of the cooler side is one of the small joys of being horizontal.
Smart sleeping accessory Moona (£227, getmoona.com) wants you to stay as cool as Idris Elba covered in liquid nitrogen with its clever cooling system. Regulating temperature by pumping cool water into a pad in your pillow case, it’s designed to create the perfect conditions to doze off and wake up feeling rested — until the incessant sound of your alarm wakes you, that is.
If you’re cool enough, how about an app-controlled face cushion that surrounds your skull with the dulcet tones of your favourite podcast presenter, meditation sounds or whatever noise you fancy to create the optimum sleeping environment? The Soundasleep Bluetooth Speaker Pillow (£50, soundasleep pillow.co.uk) curbs snoring with a decibel-level-controlled in-app alarm, while a smart alarm wakes you up with your audio of choice.
Monitor this: Sleep-tracking equipment
The Apple Watch can’t track sleep natively but rumours suggests it’s ready to catch up and track the number of zzzs you catch every night, following a series of testing at top-secret sites.
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active switches into sleep-tracking mode when you’re horizontal, offering up a breakdown of the quality of your sleep based on how long you spent in REM. £229, samsung.com/uk
This hi-tech headband uses EEG sensors to record and analyse brain and sleep activity, and track heart and breathing rates, to help you better understand your sleeping patterns. £428, dreem.com