Falling asleep isn’t as easy as it seems for a lot of people and smart sleep gadgets offer to help with that. These gadgets include sleepbuds, white noise machines, pillow devices, smart headbands and many more. While some gadgets have live pressure mapping, others like smart headbands help in lucid dreaming.
But, are they advisable to use? The Electronics spoke to psychologists to understand if such gadgets affect people’s sleeping pattern and health. While some felt it did, some didn’t.
Ashika Ashokan, a Bengaluru-based psychologist, believes that humans have manipulated and abused their knowledge to an extent that all their inventions come with a side effect.
“We are trapped in this materialistic world that makes us hoard things we don’t need. Using sleeping gadgets to fall asleep is forcefully doing something that is supposed to come to you naturally and that is not okay,” said Ashokan.
Some users too don’t seem particularly impressed with such devices. “I used a smart sleep headband for a couple of months as those days I wasn’t getting enough sleep owing to my studies. But there wasn’t any drastic change in my sleep,” said Anagha Laxmi, a 22-year-old, college student.
“I wouldn’t suggest the device for a sleeping problem,” she added.
On the other hand, some psychologists think smart sleep gadgets can help calm people down.
Sharanya Swaminathan, a psychologist who works with Live Love Laugh Foundation, MindFit and Healthifyme, said she uses technology to treat patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
“There are various techniques we use in therapy that include the use of a lot of technology and apps. These help calm people down if they are suffering from anxiety or depression or some other mental health issue,” said Swaminathan.
But even this advice comes with a caution. “Technology can definitely provide quality sleep and it that can prove to be beneficial. But, that can be only taken as a temporary aid,” she ended.