Does sleep tech actually work or is is just gadgetry?

Does sleep tech actually work or is is just gadgetry?

LIKE clean eating and workout before it, sleep has been the Holy Grail of health. And it is as rewarding, too, with recent statistics showing the worldwide sleep-aid market is forecast to reach AU$104 billion by 2019.

Sleep entrepreneurs want to sell us trackers to track our downtime. They’re peddling programs, hi-tech blankets, smart mattresses, anti-snoring apparatus and even a robot that you cuddle to assist you get to sleep faster and stay asleep for more.

There’s been a massive increase in awareness around sleep and how it impacts our wellbeing in the last few years.

With that awareness, we have seen a steady growth in gadgets that promise to help us sleep better – and determine where we are going wrong.

According to study by the Sleep Health Foundation here, around 45 percent of Aussies believe they are not getting enough sleep.

I can not think of something it does not improve, as it’s associated with each biological function.

Studies indicate that just 1 night of bad sleep quadruples your risk of catching a cold as it suppresses your own immunity. Lack of sleep also causes a decrease in your cognitive functioning, in addition to concentration, compassion, reaction times and motivation, and contributes to increased appetite.

Business is thought to be suffering, also: Absenteeism brought on by sleep disorders costs the Australian economy $33 billion each year.

All this is fueling a sleep-tech industry that is reported to be worth $40-$53 billion annually and is growing by 8 percent annually.

Nevertheless, there should be caution used against the constant pursuit of sleep-related gadgetry.

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