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How Can Technology Help Us Sleep Better

It’s 2 AM and you’re awake although it’s way past your planned bedtime and you need to be up for work in less than six hours. So, why aren’t you sleeping? The reason is probably that you’re on your smartphone or laptop scrolling down on your social media pages or binge-watching a TV show and you can’t stop. If that, in fact, is the case, you shouldn’t worry. It’s happening to a lot of us really. Just in the last several years, around 60% of young people have admitted to having inadequate sleep.

The first notion that you can get from this is that technology is bad for your sleep, but this is not entirely true. Not all technology affects our sleeping patterns in a negative way. Some studies have actually shown that you can use technology to your own advantage, and that tech can be effectively used to help you sleep better. Here’s how.

Snoring

Around 30% of people in the world frequently experience snoring. While this doesn’t affect them much, it does affect other folks in the household, especially spouses whom they are sharing the bed with.

Since snoring usually occurs when we sleep on our backs, gadgets like Philips SmartSleep Snoring device detect this and encourage the user to change position. Other devices of this kind include the Hüpnos Snoring Mask and the Urgonight EEG Headband.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is also quite common and can be caused by weight, enlarged tonsils, smoking, drinking, and some other factors. Around 20% of people worldwide suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

Programs like SlumberBUMP try to accustom people to sleep on their sides, which solves this problem to a degree. BiPAP machine is very effective at treating patients with sleep apnea, and you also might want to try Theravent EPAP technology.

Insomnia

Insomnia, which is a medical term for having trouble falling asleep, can have many causes, the most common being physical or emotional discomfort, stress, extreme temperatures, light, and depression. Almost every third person complains about having insomnia.

Some medication can help you fall asleep faster, but there is also all kinds of technology that can work to your advantage. Sleepio is a system that detects your sleeping issues and optimizes your sleep routines. If the source of your insomnia is light, try the biological Good Night LED Bulbs that were originally developed for NASA astronauts.

Narcolepsy

While some people can’t get enough sleep, others get too much of it. Narcolepsy is a disorder of excessive sleep, and while it’s not common, it still affects one in every 2,000 Americans. There are different light gadgets that you can use to alleviate the symptoms of narcolepsy, like LED Skylights, Verilux HappyLight Deluxe, and Day-Light Sky.

Nightmares

We all have bad dreams from time to time, and occasionally we get those awful nightmares that scare us so much that we are afraid to fall back to sleep again. Nightmares can be caused by stress, anxiety, trauma, or other factors. While we cannot really control what we dream about, we can still use tech to avoid nightmares from happening.

One thing called the ReScript Treatment seems to be the most effective. It helps patients have greater control over their visual imagery by implementing the creative use of virtual reality. It’s sort of a training program that teaches you how to change what you see in your sleep to a more pleasing image.

Check out a visual of some solutions below and visit the original page for the complete infographic.

Solve Your Sleep Problems with Technology

Quick Poll Results: Are you an Early Bird or Night Owl?

The early bird gets the worm… but the second mouse gets the cheese! The time of day a person is most productive at work differs by the individual, but we were curious to learn if there’s an overwhelming trend among IT contractors. That’s why our contractor quick poll last month asked if you’re an early bird or night owl.

Now, a month later, the results are below. There was definitely a range of responses, but it’s interesting to see that the stereotype of IT enthusiasts staying up late and slamming energy drinks did not hold true for this month’s respondents. In fact, more than half said they identify as early birds more than anything else. What part of the day are you most productive?

Quick Poll Resulst: Early Bird or Night Owl?

Contractor Quick Poll: Early Bird or Night Owl?

Perhaps one of the top benefits of being an independent contractor is that you get you set your own hours. Certainly, your client will request you are available and on site for some meetings but overall, IT projects can be worked on during any time of day.

While the old “early bird gets the worm” adage holds true in many circumstances, studies have proven that all individuals are different when it comes to productivity. While many people are most productive when they wake up early and get a head start on the day, it still isn’t feasible for a large portion of the population. That segment prefers their sleep in the morning and are much more productive later into the evening.

In this month’s Contractor Quick Poll, we’re asking IT contractors which sleep schedule makes them most productive. Assuming you get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep (ha!), are you an early bird who likes to get up with the sun and go to sleep sooner, or do you consider yourself to be more of a night owl who does phenomenal work well into the night and then sleeps in the next day?

7 Tips to a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is an essential part of a happy and healthy lifestyle. No matter what industry you’re in, not getting a good night’s can affect your performance in anything from a job interview to a typical work day. And that can have long-term consequences.

There are a lot of approaches you can take to make sure you’re well-rested and the Mormon Channel summarizes the top seven. Take a look below!

The Snooze Button is NOT Your Friend

Have you ever woken up even more tired after hitting the snooze button on your alarm? Perhaps you continue to press it in hopes that next alarm you’ll feel refreshed, sometimes to the point where you’re late – and still tired. The truth is alarm clocks are messing with our natural sleep cycle and a video by AsapSCIENCE shows how our body is actually programmed to wake up itself. Find out what you can do to get a better sleep and be more productive as a result.

If You Can’t Sleep Enough, At Least Sleep Better

Sleep is a crucial component of our everyday lives as it has an impact on our health, cognitive, and physical functions. Not getting enough sleep can affect these functions leaving us much more prone to illness with slower cognitive processing and poor physical performance.

Now, do we all get enough sleep every night? Probably not, however, there are things we can do to increase the quality our sleep. This video from Med School Insiders gets into the science of sleep, and gives us some tips to get the most of our sleep to wake up feeling more energetic. Start feeling refreshed instead of drained after sleeping, and learn some interesting new ways to get energy boosts during your day.

How to Sleep Your Way to Better Health (Infographic)

There are many reasons we all need a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. Aside from the obvious health benefits, it also makes you more productive throughout the day and less irritable when working with those less-than-capable team members.

Independent IT contractors often function on little sleep and lots of coffee, sometimes because of juggling multiple contracts or just working on a single project late into the night. Even if you manage to get to bed on time, though, this infographic by EtherArchives shows that there is more you need to do to ensure a better sleep and, ultimately, better health.


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