In all of this, the continuous exposure to technology seems to have a leading role and not entirely a positive one. But now technology wants to help us change course.
To say that our smartphones follow us everywhere, that they have become an extension of our body, is now taken for granted. It is a lost battle: technology cannot be given up and those who argue the contrary are doomed not to get much more than a few indulgent looks.
But since caution is never too much, even those who make technology, are gearing up to fight the monsters that have been created. And where do the monsters live, except in the darkest meanders of our sleep?
One smartphone to sleep and one to wake up
This could be considered the moment of the beginning of its progressive and inexorable pervasive diffusion in our lives.
The metaphor is functional: from the blue light of the displays that reduces the ability to produce melatonin to the psychological damage of continuous exposure to the outside world, it is precisely in sleep that technology has shown its first negative implications.
There are many who defend and reaffirm the idea that limiting exposure to screens is still the best solution.
From quantified self to smart home: how sleep technology changes
Both Nokia and Emfit, for example, at the CES - Consumer Electronic Show - 2018 presented sensors that, installed under the bed, trace sleep exactly as a smartwatch would do, but without requiring the user to wear a device around the wrist.
In addition, the Nokia Sleep sensor, in addition to keeping track of duration and quality of sleep, offers a sleep-coaching plan for those who have difficulty sleeping and can be integrated into the smart home with automation functions.
Turn off the TV, close the awnings and shutters, turn on the lights and start the coffee machine when you wake up: the Sleepace devices operate like a butler, without even needing to be asked.
It is a band equipped with sensors capable of detecting brain activity that, when detecting the slow wave sleep phase, produces white noise to improve depth and duration of the phase itself. This is complemented by a mobile app that collects sleep metrics and contains information and tips on how to sleep better.
A plush toy for your sleep
And if the robotic heat is not enough, Somnox is able to reproduce relaxing music to accompany you gently into the land of dreams.