A global obsession with sleep and how much we get of it has resulted in an entire industry centred around optimising and tracking nighttime slumber with apps and wearable devices. But is this deluge of data actually preventing people from getting a good night’s sleep rather than enabling it?
Nick Littlehales is an international elite sport sleep coach and the founder of R90 Recovery Technique. The Nottingham-based coach is the author of ‘Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours’, the Power of Naps, and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind’ and has worked with teams and individuals including Manchester United and Arsenal football teams, cycling teams Team Sky and British Cycling and Olympic athletes.
Janet Kennedy, PhD is a New York-based clinical psychologist and founder of NYC Sleep Doctor. For almost two decades, Dr. Kennedy has been helping people break out of the cycle of bad sleep, restoring natural and healthy sleep patterns without relying on sleep aids. Dr. Kennedy is a sought-after speaker and consultant, and she is the author of ‘The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep for your Baby (and You).’
Anxiety disorders affect nearly a fifth of Americans, with constant connectedness, loneliness, and divisive politics exacerbating their feelings of distress and potentially leading to sleep problems. How is the Gravity Blanket helping people rest easier without relying on prescription solutions?
Many Americans struggle to wind down at the end of the day, with one in three getting less than seven hours of shut-eye each night. But there are better ways to doze off than counting sheep. Sleep With Me is a purposefully dull podcast that sends listeners to sleep before they can finish an episode.
One in three Americans report getting less than seven hours of rest each night, while 63% of Britons are unhappy with the amount of sleep they get – but could simply playing certain sounds improve sleep quality? The Rain Rain app promises to help you drift off with white noise and relaxing sounds.
Since the industrial revolution, sleep has been compromised for the sake of productivity. But as studies reveal its importance to physical and mental health, companies are beginning to encourage better slumber. How are tech and medicine stepping in to repay our collective sleep debt?