As we’ve mentioned before, there’s a seriously growing market for tech gadgets and tools designed to benefit seniors. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, there were all sorts of new products unveiled with older folks in mind.
And while sleep technology can benefit people of all ages, seniors are a significant target. According to SleepScore Labs CEO Colin Lawlor, their largest and most engaged group of users are people over 50.
With sleep quality having potentially major health impacts, it’s no surprise this industry sector is growing. Studies have shown that poor sleep can lead to an increased risk of dementia as well as hypertension and obesity.
That’s why companies like Lawlor’s are looking to help improve our chances of getting a good night’s rest.
Here are some of the more interesting things we’ve found in the way of sleep-improving technology.
First of all, there’s SleepScore, a free app you can download on your smartphone. The app utilizes sonar technology to track your breathing and movement while you sleep. Then it uses the data it gathers to rate your sleep quality.
The app recommends different products that can help improve your restfulness.
Phillips SmartSleep Analyzer
From household name Phillips comes the SmartSleep deep sleep headband. Not only does the headband monitor your sleep, but it can also enhance the quality of your sleep.
The headband uses pink noise patterns to improve slow-wave sleep and reinforce good sleep habits.
The companies pilot studies had some positive findings. However, with a $400 price tag, we’d like to see some more in-depth studies on its effectiveness.
Similar to the SmartSleep headband (though with an even higher price tag of $500), is the Dreem.
It, too, uses pink noise to help you fall asleep. Dreem also monitors your brain function while you’re sleeping and utilizes “sound stimulations” to improve deep sleep. Equipped with EEG sensors, a pulse oximeter, and an accelerometer, Dreem seems more advanced than its name might imply.
Dreem does have a pretty impressive scientific advisory board. It includes the Director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine Emmaniel Mignot and Brain Allen Institute President Cristof Koch among others.