If you’re into tech and gadgets, it’s likely that you will have a few floating around your house. But how many of them make their way into your bedroom?
Tech enthusiasts are often in favour of smart homes, and this should include a smart bedroom.
There are lots of cool bedroom gadgets to choose from, from anti-snoring pillows to special headphones ideal for watching TV in bed. The gadgets you end up choosing are dependant on what way you want your bedroom to be “smart”.
Here are some smart gadgets you could think about adding to your room.
If you’ve never had to share a bed with a snorer, you’re lucky. Snoring disrupts both your partner’s sleep and yours. What’s worse is that snoring can be a sign of a larger health issue such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Having a bad night’s rest due to snoring can also result in daytime sleepiness, lack of concentration, and even an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart conditions and stroke.
This means that trying to remedy snoring is in everyone’s best interests. But what would be your first port of call?
An anti-snoring pillow.
You’ve got lots of options to choose from, including the Silentnight pillow with it’s “S” shaped design made to better support your head and neck. In fact, there are many such memory foam pillows out there.
Researchers from Northern Illinois University have even created a smart pillow that uses noise-cancelling technology to help the partners of snorers get some sleep. The pillow uses microphones and amplifiers to detect snoring, and then create and play a sound that neutralises it. Although the pillow is still a concept, the idea has already been applied to headboards and blankets.
If you’re into having a smart home, neither of these two devices will be new to you. However, if you want to create your own smart bedroom then adding either one into the mix will make a massive difference.
Both allow you to set alarms with a voice command, and you can even ask to be woken up with a certain kind of music. You can easily set a timer if you want to take a nap, or outright cancel your alarm.
Both devices also have a “good morning” function which you can personalise. By saying “Alexa/Ok Google, good morning”, you’ll have your own morning digest read out. This can include the weather forecast, updates from various news outlets, inspirational quotes, and much more.
Both would be a cool bedroom gadget to have, especially for teens who spent a lot of time in their room.
If you like laying in bed and watching videos on your phone or laptop, you’ve probably found that normal headphones are a bit bulky or can get in the way if you want to lay down. The solution are small headphones tucked inside a headband!
These headbands allow you to comfortably lay down on your side while still listening to your videos. And as they’re comfortable, you can wear them when you sleep. So if you like to fall asleep to white noise, or the radio, you can do so without keeping your partner awake.
If you’d prefer a wireless option, check out this wireless headband from SleepPhones.
We know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, and once you’ve got your snoring in check and connected your headphone headband to your phone, you’re all set. But just how well are you actually sleeping?
Many people use devices such as the Fitbit to track their sleep, but what do you use if you don’t want to wear a rubbery watch 24/7?
The smart bedroom solution comes in the form of devices like the Beddit Sleep Monitor. This super thin tracker will keep tabs on your sleep time, heart rate, breathing, and bedroom temperature and humidity.
It’s soft and only 2mm thick so you’ll barely notice it, plus it doesn’t require any wearable and connects to the Health app on your iPhone so you can track all the data collected.
When you need to get up in the middle of the night, it can be annoying to fumble around in the dark looking for the light switch or a torch. If you want to make things easier for yourself, one cool bedroom gadget you can use is motion sensor LED strips.
You can attach them wherever you want; under your bed, dressers, and so on. When they sense motion they will light up, meaning you don’t need to bother with the light switch.
They can be programed to only light up when it’s dark, and to what distance they should be sensitive to motion.
Another smart way to use them would be inside your bedroom cupboard or wardrobe. Set them to turn on when you open the doors so you can easily see inside.
If you have a QI enabled smartphone, this is one of those cool bedroom gadgets you’ll definitely want to own.
It’s one of those nifty pieces of tech that will impress your friends especially if they’re not so tech savvy themselves. Many wireless charging bedside tables also have the option for wired charging, meaning if someone in your family doesn’t have a QI enabled phone, they can still make use of the table too.
The argument is that wireless charging is very slow, but if you’re phone is going to be sitting on your bedside table overnight this won’t be much of an issue.
Some of these gadgets are more likely to be found in most modern days homes, but which ones to you use? Are there any gadgets you’ve found to be a great addition to your bedroom? Let us know in the comments below!comments powered by Disqus
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