National Bed Month 2018 - How popular are sleep apps?
The start of March begins International Bed Month, and our experts are delving into what helps Britain get a good night’s sleep. Contrary to popular belief people are turning to technology to achieve the perfect night’s sleep. A study by Furniture123 found that 51% of participants rely on sleep-aid apps to get some quality rest.
With potentially more than half of the UK using sleep apps it begs the question, how do they work?
The most popular sleep applications available on iPhones and Androids are Sleep Cycle, Noisli, Relax Melodies and Pillow. These phone apps are designed to give people the option of tracking their sleep and allowing them to feel more relaxed with integrated music or noises, a feature found in the Relax Melodies app. Within the study, 43% of people claimed they have used one of these apps previously, or are still continuing to use them. The Sleep Cycle app works by placing their phone near them, and when they fall asleep it can track when and how much sleep they got. You can see the results the next day in a graph, which tells you what times you were awake, asleep, or in a deep sleep - it can even record when you snore! 36% of the study participants also wear sleep trackers such as FitBits for more accurate results, this technology can additionally track your heart rate and movements, so you can track not only how much sleep you’re getting but how peaceful it is.
“Recent research found that the average adult gets just 6.8 hours of sleep per night, so it’s not surprising that so many Britons are looking to improve the quality of their sleep. What is surprising is the number of UK adults who are investing in technology in order to do so. Technology is often considered a no-no in the bedroom and we’re constantly being told that using technology before bed can cause more harm than good, but these purpose-designed technologies and gadgets can actually help you better understand and optimise your sleeping patterns. There are also a number of gadgets available now that can be used to make the bedroom environment more suitable for sleeping in,” states Mark Kelly, marketing manager at Furniture123.
36% of the study participants also wear sleep trackers such as FitBits for more accurate results, this technology can additionally track your heart rate and movements, so you can track not only how much sleep you’re getting but how peaceful it is. Technology can only work so well to achieve high-quality sleep every day, a comfortable bed and mattress