New technology helping bad sleep habits

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According to the CDC, Americans are getting less sleep than ever. Tech companies are rushing to the rescue, promoting a slew of gadgets and gizmos claiming to help.

Sleep tech is exploding, with new products promising to help you get more Zz’s.

“The most important issue is to understand your sleep in the first place,” said Colin Lawlor, Sleepscore CEO.

Sleep score labs launched a free app that uses sonar to track sleep from your bedside.

“What this is doing measuring breathing and body movement,” Lawlor said.

The app collects and analyzes that data to determine a sleep score.

“Based on your sleep score we have a good idea as to what issues with sleep you have if any and then we can connect you with the appropriate solutions,” Lawlor said.

One simple solution is cutting out screen-time before bed. Exposure to blue light is one of the biggest disruptors of sleep, but if you must have your vices like Netflix, there are glasses that filter out the light. Snoring is another common culprit in a poor night’s rest. In many cases, that is caused by sleeping on your back.

“If you can keep people on their side they will snore considerably less,” said David White, Respironics Chief Medical Officer.

Philips launched a new smart sleep snoring relief band that’s worn around the chest, and gently vibrates to encourage side sleeping.

“What does the wife do when snoring? Elbow them and tell them to get off their back,” White said. “That’s what this thing does for her.”

And if that doesn’t work, now, you can just cuddle up with a Somnox sleep robot, instead. If you don’t want to shell out for a fancy gadget, your phone might be able to help!

Both Apple and Google have these baked into their mobile operating systems now. On iPhones, there is a night shift feature to remove blue light from sunset to sunrise. The “Bedtime” feature can remind you to go to bed at a consistent time that you can set.

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