It seems that an increasing number of people have trouble falling asleep. They sometimes even rely on expensive sleeping pills which just develop an addiction while the bill constantly rises.
To deal with this, companies are constantly coming up with creative inventions to help people fall asleep faster and deeper in natural ways. These products also help save money in the long run as their running costs aren’t high.
With so many sleeping aids to choose from, here are some of the best inventions that help with various aspects of sleep.
1. Dodow – Sleep and Meditation Exercise
There are numerous reasons why a person can’t fall asleep easily enough. If yours come down to being overly stressed or just prone to overthinking, you should give Dodow a try. It’s a sleep metronome that relies on a well-known natural way of helping with falling asleep which is slowing down the breathing rate.
It emits a pulsing blue light signal on the ceiling that expands and collapses to guide your breathing. By inhaling when the light signal expands and exhaling when it collapses, Dodow reduces the number of your breaths per minute to six, which is in the optimal range.
Even though blue light is considered disruptive to your sleeping, this shade of blue is not as aggressive and gives the best results overall. Depending on your personal preference, Dodow works for eight or 20 minutes, after which it automatically turns off to preserve battery life. It does require some patience, so if it doesn’t work for you right away, give it some time.
Speaking of batteries, it comes with three AAA batteries, the ones that most remote controls require. Therefore, not only is this device quite affordable, it also comes with no additional expenses save for changing the battery every now and then.
What makes this a reliable device is the fact that side sleepers can also benefit from it, as you can put it on its side. All in all, whether you want to fall asleep easier or wind down, Dodow has you covered as long as you don’t mind a bit of light in the room.
2. Marpac Dohm Classic – The Original White Noise Sound Machine
You know a device is trusted when it’s been around for over 50 years. One such device is the Dohm Classic. Made by Marpac in 1962, this is a machine that emits a sound that resembles a combination of a fan and white noise.
This one is for you if you have issues with outside noise. Not only can white noise mask outside noises but it also has a soothing effect on the body. This helps you fall asleep more easily and is known to help babies do the same. Additionally, it helps fight outside distractions while working.
The Dohm Classic is surprisingly simple to use. All you need to do is use its buttons to choose the speed of the sound it emits and turn its plastic casing around to adjust its volume. It being made in the sixties means that it has retained its old school design, but you can choose a color to help fit it into your room.
Even though it does rely on electricity, this sleep invention barely increases the electric bill, so it’s pretty cheap to use. It requires some cleaning up every now and then, but this problem can easily be fixed by opening the Dohm Classic’s bottom part.
3. Dreem 2 Headband – Fall Asleep Faster and Track Your Sleep
The Dreem 2 is a versatile sleep headband that helps you fall asleep easier and analyze your sleep. To do this, it relies on three sorts of sensors: EEG sensors that track the activity of your brain, the 3D accelerometer that tracks all movement, and the pulse oximeter that monitors your heart rate.
The fact that this is a headband does mean that you need to wear it on your head throughout the night, but it has three different sizes. The design further helps with this. It’s mostly made from fabric and foam, and can thus contour your head with ease.
You can even return it if you don’t feel comfortable enough. However, keep in mind that it may take you up to a week to get used to it. Also, the good thing about this is that it plays pink noise that you can hear without earphones to help you fall asleep.
Even though it has a multitude of smartphone apps which it sends all the data to each morning, it does not use the phone while you’re asleep. The headband doesn’t require Bluetooth or a Wi-Fi connection overnight, but you need to charge it daily.
Still, the existence of an app series makes updates possible, meaning there are undeniably going to be new features and apps added every now and then. All of this makes the Dreem 2 a great, high-quality product.
4. Classic Brands Cool Sleep Pillow – Affordable, High-Quality Foam Pillow
Classic Brands have been around for quite a while now. Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that their pillows are some of the best on the market. Most notable is the Cool Sleep pillow made of memory foam, as they come at a low price but offer great quality in return.
This pillow may be a bit heavy at first, weighing at about four or five pounds, so it may require some time to get used to. However, this warrants that it is great at contouring, adjusting to your needs easily if you’re a back or side sleeper. To make things even better, it can also help with insomnia, asthma, and acute headaches. Since it has cool gel fiber, it can help drastically reduce both neck and back pain, as well as keep you cool throughout the night.
This pillow comes in only three different sizes – standard, queen, and king – but there are a lot of different Classic Brands pillow models to help you find the right one for you more easily. There are sleep trial and warranty periods, but these depend on the vendor. The sleep trial usually lasts for 30 days, while three- to five-year warranties are most common.
5. BedJet – Saying Goodbye to Sweaty Sleeping
Are you too hot or too cold during sleep every night? If so, the BedJet is the product for you. It’s an advanced temperature-changing system that uses clips to attach itself to a bed. By placing it under your bed, it can increase or decrease its temperature to that of your liking. It can even make hourly temperature changes, too.
The BedJet comes in two sizes: single zone and dual zone. Not only is the dual zone suited for both queen and king-sized sheets, it also comes with two BedJet units, so both persons can adjust the temperature for themselves.
Setting up the BedJet is fairly easy, as it only requires you to plug it in, place it under your bed, and attach it. The recent BedJet versions also come with a wireless remote control. The one that the BedJet 3, the current version, comes with doesn’t even require an additional smartphone app. The wireless chip that this version has is compatible with SmartHome Hubs and Amazon’s Alexa.
Depending on the power setting, this product produces a noise between 37 dB and 47 dB, but that shouldn’t be a problem unless you’re very sensitive to noise in general. Other than this, the only thing that you should keep in mind is that the BedJet requires some additional space under your bed — more specifically, no less than about six to seven inches. It’s a bit on the expensive end, but it’s easy to maintain, requiring clearing once every three months.
6. Nectar Sleep – Best Affordable Mattress
Mattresses come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, so finding a good one without spending lots of money is no easy thing. This is where the Nectar mattresses come in. These memory foam mattresses are affordable, yet give a lot of bang for your buck.
The Nectar Sleep is very durable and made of foam, which means that it prevents you from sinking in, making for an unexpectedly cool mattress. It also warrants motion isolation. In other words, you shouldn’t feel nor hear your partner moving in the slightest, as it makes no noise whatsoever. In all, the mattress should hold up for at least seven to eight years.
Despite not letting you sink in, the Nectar Sleep is good at contouring to curves, reducing the pressure on your back, shoulders, and hips. This is a medium firm mattress that is among some of the most comfortable models out there for heavier sleepers. It supports all sleeping positions, especially back sleeping. It also supports people who rarely slide off to the edges better, though.
If you’re not impressed with Nectar mattresses already, keep in mind that they have a 365-day sleep trial period and a lifetime warranty. Additionally, they come in six different sizes and support all known bed frame types. The Nectar Sleep offers unparalleled comfort and is a great choice.
7. Eight Smart Mattress – The Future of Sleep
This is the age of smart technology. Everything seems to have become smart these days, as you can now connect most devices to your smartphone through a wireless network. Beds are no exception, seeing as Eight Sleep also offers smart mattresses made of foam. The most recent models are the Smart Bed and the Pod.
Both of these have comfort layer made of memory foam. Their transitional layers are made of polyfoam, just like their support cores. The Smart Bed is medium firm, while the pod has medium thickness. Both models have minor issues with edge support, but this is something characteristic of all foam mattresses.
Eight Sleep mattresses rely on wireless technology that helps track your sleep in numerous ways. Most notably, it follows your respiratory and heart rates, as well as the REM cycles. You can even set the temperature for each side of the bed.
These mattresses can also wake you up during your light sleep period by using a smart alarm that changes the bed temperature. If you have another smart home device, such as Alexa, Eight Sleep mattresses work fine with it. The Pod additionally comes with the Hub, a box that serves as a water tank and that connects to your smartphone using Wi-Fi.
All of this makes for noiseless sleep and great motion isolation, so these mattresses are well worth the price, provided that you can afford them. They have a ten-year warranty and a trial period of 100 days.
8. Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet – A “Watch” that Helps You Fall Asleep
The Philip Stein unisex sleep bracelets are a result of well-known watchmaker, Philip Stein, trying their luck in the sleep device industry. What this device does is send natural frequencies to your body to put it in the mood for falling asleep. It adjusts to these, consequently improving sleep quality.
As our bodies absorb unnatural frequencies all the time, its natural frequencies are endangered. This bracelet stimulates the latter to help you fall asleep faster and provide deeper sleep cycles. The metal disk in the middle of the bracelet is where these frequencies are stored, but the whole bracelet works like a resonator.
It comes as no surprise that this device is meant to look like a watch. Fortunately, it has a very soft, hypoallergenic strap that has holes for increased comfort. It doesn’t require any batteries, so no charging is necessary. Just put it on either wrist 15 to 30 minutes before going to sleep and you’re all set.
A study has shown that this bracelet helps human cells produce about 20% more melatonin, which is the sleep hormone. However, you should give it some time to take effect if you’re putting it on for the first time. It’s a bit on the expensive side, but for a natural sleep remedy, it’s worth taking a look at.
9. Oura – Activity-Tracking Ring
From Oura comes a ring with the same name that primarily serves as a sleep tracker. However, it’s even more than that, as it tries to come up with ways to improve your sleeping habits by finding out what you could do better. It partially functions as a workout tracker as well, checking how your body reacts to increased pressure.
Besides tracking your sleep, the ring also follows your sleep schedule and sleep patterns. It will even recommend you schedules and patterns that might suit you better. Deep sleep and REM cycles are something that the Oura Ring tracks too, meaning it knows when you woke up. It lets you compare your sleep quality over very long time periods, as it can show daily, weekly, and monthly sleep quality.
For a device that has sensors that are working at all times, its battery life is nothing short of amazing. It can last a full week, yet only needs around two hours to fully charge. Airplane mode further increases this, as it doesn’t send or receive any data. To help you access all its data, it has an app that supports Android versions 6.0 and up, as well as iOS 11.0 and up.
The Oura Ring has additional functions, such as a body temperature sensor, gyroscope, and 3D accelerometer. It is also surprisingly good-looking for a ring with additional functions and is waterproof. Just make sure to watch out for it because of its matte design. Even though you can take it to the gym, it is easily scratched, so this might not be such a good idea.
Sleep inventions are now more advanced than ever. From noise-masking devices to smart mattresses and rings that track your sleep, there’s something for everyone. Not only do these products have different prices, they are also all unique in their own way. This should make choosing the right one for you easier, even if there is a lot to choose from.
With sound-producing devices, a sleep tracking ring, sleep bracelet, bed cooling or heating systems, affordable smart sleeping mattresses, it all comes down to those that best solve your particular sleep-related problem. Finally, most of these products have trial periods, so you can always ask for a refund if you find that they don’t fit you.