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According to the CDC, poor sleep affects an estimated 70 million US adults.   

Technology in the bedroom is a double-edged sword, according to Jerald H. Simmons, MD, triple board certified in neurology, epilepsy and sleep medicine and founding director of Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates.  

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Internet Addiction

Using devices or watching television right before bed can lead to insomnia, limit your total sleep time, and play havoc on your sleep cycle. On the other hand, certain tech can create a soothing environment and help transition you into a better night's sleep.  

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Sleep

In celebration of National Sleep Awareness Week, March 11-17, here are some items you may want to add to and remove from your bedroom to get better sleep in 2018.

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Shut off the tech

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, and replacing them with calming activities at least one hour before going to bed.   

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Why certain devices are dream killers

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. 

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Check for a blue light filter

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. 

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Filter your computer

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 back on the blue light so you can stay alert.

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Windows 10 has it built-in

Windows 10 has a blue light filter built-in. Just go to Settings > System > Display Option and toggle the Night Light option to On. Then, click on the Night Light Settings option. From there, you can choose the darkness of the filter and when the filter comes on each day.  

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Go dim

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 light bulbs. 

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Go dim without a dimmer

No dimmer? Dr. Cortés recommends a Good Night LED light bulb because it is designed to promote melatonin production.  

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Go dark

Once you're in bed, complete darkness is best. So, turn your phone over so the notification light faces downward, and use a sleep mask if you can't get 100 percent darkness.

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Get a high-tech sleep mask

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.

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The Dreamlight mask

Another mask option is Dreamlight. This mask can guide your breathing, provide ambient sound and block light to get you to sleep better.

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Get a sleep hat

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.

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Or a headband

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. 

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Cuddle with a smart pillow

Somnox is a smart pillow that, well, breaths as you hold it to lull you to sleep. It also has a carbon dioxide sensor that can monitor when you fall asleep so that it can shut itself off. The Somnox will be available for purchase in the fall of 2018.

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Monitor your sleep with your wearables

Your monitoring devices such as the Fitbit, Motiv ring or the new Lenovo Vital Moto Mod can give you insight into how well you sleep. 

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How they work

Although the accuracy may be somewhat lacking, the trend is that these devices are improving and should provide insight into how well we sleep in years to come, Dr. Simmons told CNET.  

In this CNET video, Scott Stein describes what it's like to wear a Motiv fitness ring.  

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Or use a sleeping pad

Nokia's Sleep sensor pad slips under your mattress and 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.

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Bose Sleepbuds

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.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published Jan. 11, 2018 and has been updated.

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