A new smart mattress and pillow can help people with sleep problems fall asleep faster.
It is scientifically proven that A good night’s sleep is extremely important for your health.. The problem is that not everyone can rest easily.
Whether it’s because of several awakenings in the middle of the night or having trouble falling asleep, sleep-related problems afflict many. Insomnia, for example, affects between 30 and 45% of the adult population.
A a new smart mattress could change that paradigm. Equipped with technology that heats and cools the body in certain places, this mattress promises to help people fall asleep faster.
A constant lack of sleep can negatively affect your physical and mental health, leading to diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and more.
The solution for many is to take medication that helps you fall asleep. However, this type of drug can be addictive, causing unwanted side effects. Indeed, as a general rule, these drugs are not recommended for people suffering from chronic insomnia.
It is in this spirit that engineers at the University of Texas have created a smart mattress and pillow. Both of these inventions help to manipulate body temperature.
They mimic a circadian clock function, which about two hours before bedtime triggers a slight drop in body temperature, which produces a feeling of drowsiness, explains the free thought.
The mattress is equipped with a system in which water or air circulates. In the central part of the mattress, this water or air is coldbut on the cushion and the edges of the mattress is hot.
Experiments conducted by scientists show promising results. On nights when the mattress functions were activated, study participants fell asleep 58% faster and yours sleep quality was “significantly improved”.
“The effectiveness of gentle warming along the cervical spine is remarkable in sending a signal to the body to increase blood flow to the hands and feet to lower core temperature and hasten sleep onset,” said the lead author Kenneth Diller, in communicated.
The results were recently published in the magazine sleep research journal. The researchers are now looking for partners interested in commercializing these products.