Nothing throws off your day like a lack of sleep the night before. It ruins your concentration, makes you impatient, cause memory lapses and worse. Over the long term, sleep deprivation can lead to depression, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
It can also be deadly. According to AAA, people who only sleep 6 to 7 hours per night are twice as likely to be involved in a car accident as those who sleep 8 hours or more. Sleep less than 5 hours per night and you are four or five times more likely to be in a car accident.
That’s a bigger problem when the Centers for Disease Control reports that 30% of adults say they sleep an average of 6 hours, and up to 70 million Americans will have a sleep disorder at some point. Fortunately, technology can actually help sleep.
There’s been an explosion of gadgets that are designed to monitor your sleep and help you improve it. The market for these gadgets is headed for more than $125 million in 2017.
Gadgets that are already available include Beddit ($149), which tracks your heart rate and breathing, and SleepRate ($100), which has an app full of useful information plus a wearable heart rate sensor.
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