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Health & Wellbeing

SleepCogni uses light, sound and touch to help you get a solid night's rest

A solid night's sleep isn't always achievable for everyone and research has suggested that our increasing tendency to stare into LED screens isn't helping our cause, with the blue light emitted by our devices impacting our body's natural melatonin production. British inventor Richard Mills says he has come up with a way to counter some of the inherent difficulties in winding down. His SleepCogni bedside device places a small rectangular frame over the head of the user that's designed to entice them into relaxation mode with gentle sequences of light, sound and even vibration.Read More

Around The Home

Snooz sound helps you sleep sound

Have you ever found that the sound of a fan has helped you drift off to sleep? Well a new device is inspired by just that phenomenon. The Snooz is described as an "an ultra-portable sound conditioner." It sits next to your bed and contains a controllable fan aimed at blocking out background noise.Read More

Health & Wellbeing Review

Review: Sleepace RestOn lets you know how you're sleeping

Have you ever awakened from a full night's sleep and wondered if you actually got any sleep at all? Or felt like you were finally drifting off to sleep, just as your alarm went off? Well, the Sleepace RestOn sleep monitor is designed to unravel all the mysteries of the night using a sensitive monitor and sleep app. Gizmag notched up some early nights to see how the system performed.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

"Bicycle mechanism" uncovered that is said to drive our brains in and out of sleep

Jet-setters and night owls will have felt the wrath of an off-kilter body clock, by way of the physical impact it can have on immediate well being. A yearning to understand the underlying reasons for this has been the subject of much scientific interest, and has led to some rather strange products like LED light glasses and glowing pillows. But by studying the biological clock of a humble fruit fly, researchers at Northwestern University are claiming to have uncovered the precise mechanisms that bring us in and out of sleep, with their evidence suggesting these switches date back hundreds of millions of years.Read More

Medical

Smartphone app promises cheap, easy and accurate diagnosis of sleep apnea

And so the emerging value of smartphones as a tool for diagnosing various medical conditions continues to grow. Recent advances have raised the possibility of using phones to detect ailments like ear infections, cervical cancer, HIV and syphilis. Now, researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have created an app they claim can detect sleep apnea with similar accuracy to available methods, potentially removing the need for expensive equipment and overnight hospital stays. Read More

Wearables

Impecca Alert Band monitors brainwaves to detect driver tiredness

When drowsiness sets in on the road, drivers typically open a window and turn up the radio. We've also seen a number of alert systems introduced over the years, including the EyeAlert Driver Fatigue Monitor, which tracks the eye-closure rate of drivers, and Audi has researched putting heart-rate monitors in car seats. The Impecca Alert Band takes a different approach. It monitors brain activity and warns drivers that they are becoming fatigued in advance of it becoming dangerous, giving users more time to do the one thing that helps: stop and take a break.Read More

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