Sleep is a Problem, But These Products Aim to Help You [Wellness Wednesday]
As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins today in Las Vegas, there are hundreds of products available to check out. The other night, at CES Unveiled, there were many products that were featured in advance of CES. Amongst the various electronics at CES Unveiled, many were for health and wellness. This is obviously laudable as people’s physical health is most certainly important. Of the products available for health and fitness, there were various ones for fitness, for general health, and more, many of which were wearables. One subcategory of health and wellness products that stood out to me was for sleeping. It seems to me with a handful of products to help people sleep, people have sleeping problems. So, these products aim to help people with this important commonly-recurring activity.
Let’s start with not one, but two headphones products. Many people enjoy listening to music while going to sleep, especially not wanting to keep others in their room up with it. So, both BedPhones and Sleep Phones Harmony are products for users to wear when sleeping. Bedphones are soft, foam-covered headphones that have a patented on-ear design which lies flat. The earhooks are made from gentle, rubber-coated memory wire, infinitely adjustable for a custom fit. They are usable for more than just sleeping, as one can use them for travel and everyday use. They also come with an inline microphone with remote – a necessity for the many who use Bedphones as their all-day everyday headphones. There is a single-button remote that is compatible with most smartphones which allows users to answer phone calls, play, pause, and skip music tracks without touching one’s phone.
SleepPhones Harmony, on the other hand, are headphones-in-a-headband, which combine ultra-comfortable, remarkably thin wireless music headphones with state-of-the-art sleep sensors and a real-time intelligent music project for helping one sleep. However, instead of a wire, the headphones connect with the audio device via Bluetooth® wireless headphones, an audio application, and an intelligent server – all ingeniously united within a comfortable, breathable headband that is rapidly being proven to help wearers get to sleep faster, stay asleep better and sleep more soundly overall.
However, if one wants more than just sounds to help one get to sleep, one might be interested in the Cheero Sleepion, which features not only sound, but also light and even aroma. The Sleepion, which comes as a sleek horn/crescent-shaped product, with a speaker on one end that resonates soft and natural sounds that resemble prenatal environments and breathing. The Sleepion is preset with 16 distinct healing sound loops designed to promote sleep, imitating the fluctuations present in nature. This evokes the environment of the mother’s womb, with a clear sound that radiates in your bedroom. The light imitates moonlight which regulates our biological rhythms, giving us a sense of security. Finally, a really interesting aspect is that of the aroma provided by 100% natural oils blended to create an earthly environment. Included are a Lavender oil blend with both steam distilled and solvent extracted (absolute) varieties from Bulgaria, a Cedarwood oil from its world supplier in Kiso, Japan, and a Geranium oil blend sourced from Egypt and Reunion Island. The aroma is diffused not by heating the oils but by using the back pressure from the speaker unit.
There were also a couple of other products that seek to help consumers with understanding their sleeping by tracking it and utilizing apps. Neither of these products, though, are wearables, which may appeal more to those who prefer not to have anything on their wrists while sleeping. The first, Beddit Sleep Tracker makes any bed a smart bed by combining an ultra-thin sensor placed under the bed sheet with the Apple Watch and an iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch). There is nothing to wear and nothing to do but go to sleep. Sleep tracking begins automatically at bedtime, tracking heart rate, respiration, movement, snoring and sleep cycles. In the morning, a personalized SleepScore™ indicates overall sleep quality and delivers tailored coaching for better sleep in the future With Beddit Smart, sleep tracking begins automatically at bedtime. The sensor rests between the mattress and bed sheet, sending data on movement, breathing and heart rate to an iOS device via Bluetooth. Beddit automatically collects and analyzes sleep related data with clinical accuracy.
The other product sleep-tracking product was Sleep Number’s It, which has biometric sensors built into the bed and tracks the user’s whole body hundreds of times per second, including heart rate, breathing, and movement. The user can find out, based on one’s activities and sleep, one’s ideal level of firmness, comfort and support every day — one’s Sleep Number® setting. The bed comes in six standard sizes.
If people are interested in utilizing electronics to bolster their sleeping or tracking their sleeping, these are certainly some products to explore at this week’s CES.