With many of us lacking the luxury of having someone to read us a bed time story; a good nightâ€™s sleep can be hard to come by.
We certainly arenâ€™t doing ourselves any favors by subjecting our eyes to bright screens in the hours before we hit the hay. As recent studies suggest, the blue light emitted from TVâ€™s, computers, and mobile devices all affect our natural sleep rhythm.
This self-subjected torture causes a delayed reaction in the process of shutting down the mind, often leading to a more restless sleep.
But what if a new piece of technology could actually help us sleep better?
A new startup Rythm, is looking to help you solve your sleeping woes.
Using a headband that you wear while youâ€™re catching some Zzzâ€™s, it will generate a higher quality of sleep. This done by helping you fall asleep quicker, creating a better sleep cycle, and allowing you wake up easier.
Theory is cool, but where’s the science?
The headband is designed to trigger synchronized sound simulations. Using sensors near the forehead and ears it can keep track of the users sleep state through brain waves. Once they have entered a deep sleep the headband emits a â€œpink noiseâ€ (something similar to the sounds of the ocean). This influences the brain to stay in the deep sleep state for a longer period of time.
The â€œnoiseâ€ also helps transition into the golden sleep cycle of REM (Rapid Eye Movement). It is during our deep sleep and REM phases that we sleep best. Therefore, by extending this period of time as much as possible we can get the most out of the entire sleep process.
As babies we spend around 50% of our sleeping time in REM sleep state, but most adults only hover around 20%.
Must be where the expression â€œslept like a babyâ€ comes from.
RythmÂ believes that by increasing our time spent in deep sleep and REM it will allow us to be furtherÂ refreshed upon waking up, able to remember more, and boost our overall productivity.
TheÂ DreemÂ headband, as it’s called, is still in a trial phase and not quite ready for the consumer market. But is set to be released soon.
Itâ€™s an ironic concept that technology could help us avoid the pitfalls that other technology has created. However, in our current society, I donâ€™t see our time spent looking at screens being reduced anytime soon.
What are your thoughts? Would you consider using a piece of tech like the RythmÂ headband?
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