Sleeping well is not within everyone’s reach. If your sleep is restless, here are the best high-tech objects and apps that can help you join the arms of Morpheus.
We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping, whether in our bed or elsewhere. However, one in three French people are not satisfied with their sleep. However, sleep is essential for good health. Unsurprisingly, the tech world has taken a keen interest in sleep and now produces a number of accessories and software to help us sleep better.
Even Google uses the camera and microphones in its new Nest Hub to assess (in a somewhat voyeuristic way) the quality of your hours of sleep. We have therefore done a little sorting through this plethoric and often very gimmicky offer to select for you the best tech items to improve your sleep.
The vast majority of connected bracelets and connected watches also offer sleep tracking. Do not hesitate to read our selections if it is mainly this function that interests you.
Know your sleep to sleep well thanks to technology
Withings Sleep Analyzer
Not all sleep trackers come in the form of a wristband only. If you don’t want to bother with this type of device, Withings is there for you with its Sleep Analyzer, which is installed between the bed base and the mattress. The power supply is via a 3 m USB cable, so be sure to have a socket within reach.
Once installed under your mattress, the Sleep Analyzer lets itself be forgotten and produces a daily report on the length and quality of sleep. More moose, we have a follow-up of sleep apnea and snoring. As a bonus, the Withings app is a model of clarity.
A connected object complete and more pleasant to use than a classic bracelet, but which is however quite expensive by being less versatile. Note that this sensor only measures one person, if your partner wants tracking, it will take a second. This is an excellent connected product to better understand your sleep.
The best connected bracelets for sleep
Inexpensive and easy to use, activity bracelets are a good way to track your sleep without breaking the bank. The Mi Smart Band 7 is the manufacturer’s latest product, and is a benchmark for us thanks to a design that is comfortable to wear and above all a low price.
The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 // Source: Robin Wycke for Aroged
Beyond a dozen sports activities, the small bracelet is able to detect the different phases of sleep. We also really appreciate the possibility of deactivating automatic ignition at given times. It’s perfect for those who tend to wake up easily from the light. The autonomy of almost two weeks is very solid.
The Mi Fit application, available on Android and iOS, will allow you to find all the data following the sessions, as well as sleep monitoring and stress level. Rarer: it also monitors the menstrual cycle and ovulation periods.
Xiaomi therefore gives us here a simple and effective bracelet. We tell you more in the test of the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7.
Where to buy The
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 at the best price?
Versatile Excellent sleep tracking The smart alarm clock function Available at €133 on Amazon Marketplace
If you want the best in wrist tracking, you’ll have to switch to a real connected watch. Among the latter, it was Fitbit’s Versa 2 that caught our attention.
Not only is it relatively thin, an important point if you can’t wake up with something biting your wrist, but above all it offers a 6-day battery life. So we won’t have to worry about charging it almost every day like an Apple Watch.
Notifications on the Fitbit Versa 2
The tracking provided by FitBit is impeccably accurate, with well-identified phases, but also put in parallel with the heart rate. Among the most original functions, there is an alarm clock adjusted according to the sleep phases. You enter a target wake-up time and the watch will attempt to wake you up in a REM sleep phase to minimize your head in the polish when getting up. An ideal accessory to help you sleep well.
We obviously find all the classic sports monitoring functions. Note that a Fitbit Sense is also available and adds an integrated GPS and an electrocardiogram. However, it is sold almost twice as much, it’s up to you to see if the game is worth the candle.
Where to buy The
Fitbit Versa 2 at the best price?
The best connected objects for sleep
Terraillon Homni: the supercharged awakening
Known for its scales, Terraillon has been offering connected objects for a few years now that are supposed to promote falling asleep, as well as awakening. The Homni is the most advanced of them and comes as a smart bedside lamp.
In practice, we are in the presence of the fusion of an alarm clock, a night light and a white noise generator, all connecting via Bluetooth to the smartphone. An optional sensor that attaches to the pillow provides sleep monitoring.
The set is rather convincing, with sound and light programs aimed at helping you relax before sleeping. For the alarm clock, we will also have the right to a combo of light and sound for more softness. Once in your bed, all you have to do is drift off to sleep.
If the software part is less developed than that of a FitBit for example, the set may interest those who want an all-in-one solution.
Bose Sleepbuds II: sound all night long
Known for its excellent audio products, Bose tried its hand at sleep in 2018 with its Sleepbuds, Bluetooth headphones offering relaxing sound loops to listen to all night long.
This second version is even more comfortable than the previous one thanks to its particularly compact size. On the other hand, their outfit throughout the night can be a concern. Your servant usually lost one or two in his sleep. And if you are not in the presence of active noise reduction, the insulation is particularly effective and masks a good part of the ambient noise for better sleep.
There are still basic concerns: if the proposed loops are of high quality, we still cannot personalize them or even use the Sleepbuds as simple headphones. A very well finished product, but also very expensive for the service provided…
The best apps for sleeping well
Meditation apps to fall asleep quickly
Relaxing is always a good thing to fall asleep quickly and benefit from a restful sleep. Meditation is a good way to achieve this goal. And while meditation clearly didn’t wait for the arrival of technology to be practiced, there are apps for achieving mindfulness.
Petit Bambou is THE benchmark for mediation apps in France. With a very careful design, it revolves around ten-minute sessions combining music and relaxing voices. The app itself is free and nine sessions are offered. Beyond that, it will cost you 42 euros every six months.
Are you beginners? Namatata is here for you. Thought to facilitate the initiation to meditation, this application goes all out to help you learn the basics effectively. She also offers many specialized sessions to support you in stressful times. The first 7 days are free and the next six months are charged at 39 euros.
In addition to dedicated applications, you can find playlists of music designed to promote sleep on music streaming services, as well as episodes of guided meditation. Remember to use the sleep timer function, especially on Spotify and Deezer, so as not to leave your phone spinning in a vacuum once you are asleep.
If you don’t want to invest in hardware, some ASMR applications can be useful for relaxing and falling asleep. We’ve picked out two for you, but you can take a look at our more extensive selection of ASMR apps.
Requiring a subscription, Tingles is a very clean app that provides a large catalog of sounds. A “Sleep Time” function allows playback to be stopped after a programmed duration.
Not always easy to use, ASMR Calm Relax Sleep has the good taste of being free. In addition to offering a bank of sounds, it allows you to mix them to create a background sound to your liking.
The best way to sleep well is to be undisturbed. However, it can be very tempting to open your eyes again to check this last notification or even to doomscroll Instagram until death ensues (and we are not even going to mention Tik Tok).
To ensure a peaceful sleep, abuse iOS sleep mode and Android bedtime mode. Airplane mode is also appropriate so as not to be tempted. And if the temptation is too strong: put your phone away from the bed. I promise, it works very well!
How to fall asleep well?
Why not sleep with your smartphone nearby?
It is recommended not to consult your smartphone before going to bed, for several reasons. Firstly because the screen in question generates blue light, which stimulates your body with the same effects as caffeine. It is therefore best to leave it aside before your night’s sleep. Be careful not to leave it too close to your bed so as not to be tempted to consult it. If no scientific study reports the dangerousness of the waves, it is also best not to put your phone under the pillow. So remember to turn it off or put it in Airplane mode.
What if I can’t fall asleep?
First, don’t lose patience — although that’s easier said than done. If you are unable to fall asleep, you can work on your breathing, for example by practicing cardiac coherence. This will also allow you to focus only on your breath, which will prevent you from parasitic thoughts.
Sometimes, if you can’t sleep, there’s no point in struggling. Better to take a break in your search for sleep, and do another activity: do not hesitate to read a book, for example. You can also get out of bed, go for a drink of water, get some fresh air by the window, stretch, or even do some yoga. Returning to your bed afterwards may make you feel more relaxed.
Also remember not to eat too much fat in the evening, or too late. Finally, a warm bath or shower before bed can also help with relaxation.
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