Do you ever wake up in the morning and still feel exhausted, even after eight or more hours of sleep? If you’re like me, waking up feeling half asleep can make me feel grumpy and tired for the rest of the morning (if not the whole day). Why is this? And is there anything we can do about it?
Why you can still feel tired
Every night our bodies go through 3-5 sleep cycles lasting around 90 minutes. These sleep cycles fluctuate between deep sleep and a light slumber, as your body rejuvenates itself for the day ahead. If you wake up during a light sleep cycle then you can feel alert and refreshed. But waking up during a deep sleep can mean you wake up feeling tired because your mind still feels half in sleep mode, causing you to desperately hammer the snooze button on your alarm and wish you could sleep for a couple of hours more.
With a good night’s sleep vital to our mental and physical health, technology boffins have come up with a few inventions that help to track our sleep patterns and to help you sleep better at night.
axbo SleepPhase Sleep Monitor
This advanced alarm clock analyses your sleep patterns via a wireless wristband worn while you sleep. Developed by sleep scientists (whatever they are), the axbo SleepPhase sleep monitor will then wake you up gently,with the sound of birdsong or five other gentle sound, while you’re in a light sleep phase up to 30 minutes before your normal alarm clock. This enables you to wake up feeling more refreshed and energetic, rather than grumpy and tired.
If you fail to wake up then a conventional buzzer will sound to get you out of bed.
The axbo SleepPhase sleep monitor comes with two different wristbands, for you and your partner. It will also display your sleep patterns in an interesting graph, which might be nice to look at but confusing as to how it can help improve your sleep.
While not exactly cheap, if you place a premium on a good night’s sleep then the axbo SleepPhase is worth a look. It scores favorably in reviews, with many people feeling more awake and less drowsy from being woken during a light sleep cycle, rather than groggy and tired. It’s also smartly designed, which will appeal to those that value the design of gadgets almost as highly as the technology itself.
This smart looking wristwatch was named the invention of the year by Time Magazine. Like the axbo SleepPhase, the Sleeptracker Elite monitors your sleep patterns and then aims to wake you at the optimal time. In particular, it monitors the number of sleep interruptions during the night to see whether it’s these that are causing you to feel exhausted in the morning, such as pets jumping on your bed in the middle of the night.
The Sleeptracker Elite scores highly in reviews, with lots of people confirming that its maker’s claims are right and that it works. However, wearing a watch all night might feel a bit clammy and uncomfortable for some, in which case you might want to opt for the axbo SleepPhases instead.
Fitbit One Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker
This gadget is like a Swiss army knife for monitoring your daily health. Along with tracking your sleep patterns, the Fitbit One can record the number of steps you’ve walked and how many calories you’ve burned. After logging events in your daily routine, such as what you’ve eaten and your workouts, you can then share the results with friends and other users on the maker’s website to win badges and encourage one another’s progress.
In terms of helping you to sleep, the Fitbit One is slipped into a wristband at night to measure your sleep cycle and the number of times you wake up during the night to give you a sleep quality score. However, it wont wake you on its own accord without you setting the timer. So it cant be used to wake you up during a light sleep cycle like the other two devices. So the Fitbit One is only really worth considering if you want to use it to measure and record your daily health and lifestyle, rather than a sleep boosting device on its own.