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The sleep technology industry is a vastly growing field

Sleeping should be restful, allowing us to re-energize for the coming day. To be healthy, it is recommended that individuals obtain the necessary 8 hours of sleep per night. This can be easily done using a top memory foam mattress or finding new pillows with proper neck support. Whatever items are needed to make each night more comforting should be purchased for the sake of developing healthy and efficient sleeping patterns.

As wearable technology becomes increasingly in demand by consumers, the story goes the same for the technology in the sleep industry. What happens while we sleep often goes unnoticed. With new technology, we can understand more about what happens during the night without having them stay the night at a sleep clinic. Wearable sleep technology can help individuals track sleeping patterns to improve the overall quality of sleep. Wearables are often located on the wrist and worn similarly to a bracelet. With heavy growth in the sleep technology industry, experts believe this type of technology may even have the power to predict sleep apnea. For those who suffer from sleep apnea, implants approved by the FDA will allow the treatment of patients who suffer from sleep apnea. As the industry continues to grow, these implants will eventually have the power to treat patients who suffer from varying sleep disorders.

For those suffering from a sleeping disorder, the proper diagnosis is often done in a clinic under professional medical supervision. However, to continually track the disorder, monitors have hit the market that will help patients track their issues and progress from home. Some monitors measure heart rates, the duration of sleep, and the quality of sleep. They can even measure snoring and breathing patterns throughout the night. A popular feature of some monitors is that they have a built-in alarm clock setting. This setting allows the user to be woken up by the monitor when they have had efficient sleep and it even tells them when they should go to bed. Some of the monitors will measure environmental factors to ensure a healthier sleep.

Another key element in the rise of sleep technology is the digital applications that help with all of these. Some apps let the user manually input information and from there the app makes suggestions and tracks sleeping patterns. Some wearable sleep technology and sleep monitors are able to be connected to an app as a means of tracking that way. After the user logs in to the application they are often directed to set up a user profile with their health and sleeping pattern information. From this data, the application decides to make suggestions for the user on how to sleep longer, maximize healthy sleep patterns, and anything else they find helpful. From increasing sleep to reducing sleep or switching sleep times, digital applications can be highly sophisticated and necessary when tracking one’s own sleeping habits.

All of this technology showcases the beginning of what is to come in the realm of sleep technology. Health-related technology is highly similar to sleep technology in that the consumer demand is high for popular wearable and monitoring technology. For the first time ever, consumers are able to do their own health tracking. With sleep health, this type of tracking can be highly beneficial to care-providers because they don’t have to make estimates for solutions based of the answer(s) of the consumer. They have real-time recorded data to review and understand what to advise and suggest (good and bad) what the consumer can do to help his or her sleeping schedule and nightly patterns.

Physicians, technologists, researchers and consumers will all be enamored as to what is to come with sleep technology. From implants that help treat sleeping disorders to daily recordings of sleeping routines, sleep technology will just continue to grow from its already expansive industry. Sleep technology isn’t just for those consumers who have a sleeping disorder. It can also be for someone who wants to maximize their sleeping time and efficiency. Sleep technology is also for the consumer looking to understand their own sleeping patterns and nightly habits. All humans are required to sleep to have proper cognitive function the next day. Since all humans must sleep at one point or another, sleep is not exclusionary so neither should the technology be for the consumers that are looking to purchase it to help their nightly habits.

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