Do you have trouble getting enough sleep? You're not alone.
According to the Sleep Health Foundation of Australia, around one out of three people have problems with some form of insomnia. The Cleveland Clinic also found that about 70 million Americans have some type of sleep disorder that prevents them from getting a good night's sleep.
One of the biggest reasons we struggle to sleep well is our relationship with technology.
Tech in the bedroom is a double-edged sword, according to Dr. Jerald H. Simmons triple board-certified doctor of neurology and sleep medicine, and founding director of Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates.
Using devices or watching television right before bed can lead to insomnia, limit your total sleep time, and play havoc on your sleep cycle. But, certain tech can create a soothing environment and help transition you into a better night's sleep.
Martha Cortés, a doctor of dental surgery and diplomate for the American Board of Sleep Breathing, recommends shutting off electric devices like your phone, tablet or television. You should replace them with calming activities at least one hour before going to bed.
Devices like tablets, phones and televisions emit a blue light that can stop the production of a hormone called melatonin.
This hormone is what signals your brain that it's time to go to sleep. Without it, sleeping becomes much more difficult.
If you're one of those people who would rather have their phones pried from their cold, dead hands than put away an hour before bed, there's a solution. See if your phone has a blue light filter. If it does, switch it on.
For example, Android and newer Apple phones have a blue light filter in the settings called Night Mode.
If the computer is your gadget of choice, an app such as F.lux can add an orange-red filter to your screen when the sun sets. This filter won't disturb your melatonin production. During the day, the app will turn the blue light back on so you can stay alert.
Macs have this filter built in under Settings > Display > Night Shift.
Since you can't walk around in the dark for the hour before bed, choose the right lighting for your bedroom. The best option is to dim the lights in your room.
Here's our LED lighting guide to help you find the best dimmable and color-changing light bulbs.
Once you're in bed, complete darkness is best. So, turn your phone over so the notification light faces downward or put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode. You can use these instructions to dim or shut off your devices' lights.
Also, use a sleep mask if you can't get 100 percent darkness.
If you're feeling adventurous, try a high-tech version of the sleep mask. The Sound Oasis Illumy is controlled with an app and puts you to sleep with a simulated sunset and pulsating LEDs. It also has a simulated sunrise to wake you up instead of an alarm. I gave it a try and it does seem to help me fall asleep.
Another wearable option is the Sleep Shepherd Hat. It has a built-in biofeedback sleep tracker that plays tones designed for deep, relaxing sleep, according to Cortés. CNET's Michael Franco gave the Shepherd Hat a try.
Cortés also recommends trying a Muse Headband. "On the nights my mind is overactive, I wear my Muse Headband to redirect my energy toward peace and relaxation. It's a great tool for stress management," said Cortés.
Although they may not be incredibly accurate right now, the these devices are improving, and should provide insight into how well we sleep in years to come, Dr. Simmons told CNET.
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The iFit Sleep HR tracker can also be an option. It fits underneath your mattress and records your sleep stats such as heart rate, how long you spend in deep sleep and how many times you wake up during the night.
To get soothing sounds in your bedroom -- without annoying your partner -- you may want to try Bose Sleepbuds. The buds are designed to be worn all night. The best part is they can last two days on a single charge with the silver-zinc rechargeable battery.
Your old, unsupportive mattress may be contributing to your lack of sleep. If you're looking for a new one, consider a smart mattress.
For example, the Sleep Number 360 bed lets you adjust the bed temperature, firmness and incline so you can customize it to just what you need.
Nokia's Sleep sensor pad slips under your mattress, where it can record your sleep habits and send them to Nokia's Health Mate app on your phone. The pad can also give you suggestions on how to improve your sleep.
If you can't afford a whole new bed that can adjust to your perfect sleeping temperature, there are devices that you can add to your bed that will do the job, like BedJet.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published Jan. 11, 2018 and has been updated.
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