Studies show that about 25% of people in the US now experience acute insomnia each year, which is categorised by a difficulty in either falling asleep or staying asleep (source: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine). Reluctant to rely on sleeping pills, consumers are turning to sleep-inducing technology to help them fall asleep.
The online mattress company Casper has launched Glow, a sleep-inducing lamp controlled by gestures: flip to turn it on, twist to adjust brightness and shake for low-level light. Designed with in-built sensors that match the lamp’s brightness to the room it’s in, Glow has been developed as a portable device that caters for every stage of the sleep process, from lulling users to sleep to guiding them through the dark if they get up during the night.
As sleep technology becomes more responsive to our sleeping patterns, there is a growing awareness among people of the need to re-engage with more natural sleeping behaviours, driving a new wave of devices that act in a much more intuitive way.
Embr Wave is a new category of wearable device that helps to induce a soporific state by automatically adjusting the wearer’s perception of temperature. By using heat as an ‘untapped power source for sleep improvement’, Embr Wave uses artificial intelligence (AI) to send pulses of warmth to the wearer’s wrist for a few minutes that gradually slow to match the user’s breathing rates, lulling him or her to sleep.