“At National Sleep Foundation, we think technology can make it easier for some people to do important things during the day and night so they can be their Best Sleep SelfTM.”
—John Lopos, CEO, National Sleep Foundation
In today’s busy world it is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of our lives. We understand the benefits of prioritizing sleep, but the to-do list is endless and can cause our stress levels to skyrocket.
This has been highlighted in a recent study by one of the world’s leading sleep organizations, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), which found that during the pandemic, more people in the US slept longer, but the quality of that sleep suffered.
In fact, the NSF believes that one of the biggest challenges facing the public is the need to continue prioritizing sleep for our health and well-being. Embracing the ever-growing category of sleep technology can help. From smart environmental controls to smart sleep tracking, advanced and evolving technologies are reinventing and improving the sleep experience for the public. Sleep technology is coming to the forefront of the industry as consumer brands, such as Samsung, prioritize sleep-related capabilities in their products.
To learn more about the impact sleep technology can have on improving sleep health, we sat down with NSF CEO John Lopos to take a closer look at the intersection of sleep and technology.
Manage routines and track progress
According to the NSF’s 2022 Sleep in America® poll, there is a significant opportunity to improve daily activities associated with positive sleep and health outcomes. Eating your meals at a set time, the amount of physical activity completed in the day, and even the level of light exposure during the day and around bedtime, all affect sleep health and are manageable.
The NSF has specific guidelines and recommendations for positive sleep health, and this, Lopos said, is where “technology can be a common thread that runs through our sleep experience. It helps us as a reminder, a facilitator, a communicator and a tracker, and may play a role in meeting the NSF’s recommendations for better sleep — both awake and asleep.”
Control your sleeping environment
The right exposure to light during the day and at night can make the difference between a good night’s sleep and a restless night. Nearly 60 percent of Americans say they look at screens very often or somewhat often in the hour before bedtime or while lying in bed at bedtime, it’s no wonder sleep quality deteriorates as light from phone, laptop and and TV screens can significantly affect sleep.
And while technology can be the culprit when used inappropriately, like watching screens too close to bedtime, it can also be part of the solution. “As people prepare for sleep, technology can help create a sleep-friendly environment, aid in a taper that makes people feel more calm and relaxed, and then – and importantly – take its place in the background without a disturbance in one’s sleep,” Lopos noted. A good example of this is the SmartThings functionality1, which allows users to program a preset time to turn off the TV in the bedroom and turn off the lights as part of a bedtime routine to prepare them for sleep and create better sleeping conditions. during the night .
Adjust sleep patterns
While sleep technology can play a meaningful role and help with long-term health benefits, it can also help users adjust their sleep patterns in the short term. Whether you “jump forward” or “fall back,” daylight saving time can have a significant impact on sleep. To help you prepare, the NSF offers a number of tips, including prioritizing exposure to natural daylight, adjusting your clocks the night before the time change, and in the week leading up to a clock change, going to bed a little earlier each night at adjust your sleep schedule. The NSF also encourages the practice of relaxation techniques to get a good night’s sleep every day, including during a time disruption. The Galaxy Watch4 and the Samsung Health app can help with this by enabling users to manage their mindfulness through breathing, meditation and stress monitoring capabilities.2
Sleep better today and tomorrow from Samsung
With this understanding of the power of sleep technology, Samsung has introduced features on the Galaxy Watch4 that enable users to track and achieve health goals and help users work towards a better night’s sleep.
For example, the new sleep coaching program on the Galaxy Watch4 helps users develop better sleep habits and achieve their sleep goals.2 The Samsung program assigns one of eight sleep symbol animals that represent the user’s sleep type after tracking sleep patterns for seven days and completing two related sleep studies. It then walks users through a four- to five-week coaching program that includes missions, checklists, guidance and reports to support users in improving their sleep health.
With wearable devices becoming a regular part of many people’s lifestyles today, tracking and understanding sleep elements is more common than ever — and the NSF wants to see even more access to sleep technology, believing the sleep technology industry will make new waves. of collaboration and knowledge sharing. “We’re going to see even more integration between wearable and connected devices, lifestyle and wellness platforms, and homewares,” Lopos confirmed. “People’s choices and feedback will confirm that there is a lot of room for products and services that use sleep technology.”
The future of sleep technology is promising and Samsung is committed to developing and improving their sleep offerings and capabilities with the sleep expertise of the National Sleep Foundation.
For more information on the Galaxy Watch4 series or the National Sleep Foundation, visit:
Galaxy Watch4: www.samsung.com/galaxy-watch4
Galaxy Watch4 Classic: www.samsung.com/galaxy-watch4-classic
National Sleep Foundation: www.thensf.org
1 Availability of this feature may vary by device.
2 Intended for general wellness and fitness purposes only. Not intended for use in the detection, diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition or disease. The measurements are for the user’s personal reference only. Consult a medical professional for advice.
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