The importance of sleep is not stressed enough. In Singapore, a published study by SingHealth Polyclinics found that 44 per cent of Singaporeans have insufficient sleep on weekdays. Yet this trend of lack of sleep, despite being widely acknowledged, is often condoned simply because we appear to function normally on a day to day basis despite the fact that studies have consistently shown how the lack of sleep can lead to decreased productivity and even poor health. At CES 2018, Philips announced a sleep enhancement product that caught my attention. Unfortunately I was tied up with work and didn’t have a chance to blog about the new Philips Smartsleep until today.
Philips’ approach takes the form of one that intends to work with the how long you currently sleep rather than try to get the user to change the duration.
Designed together with doctors and researchers, the Philips SmartSleep is a headband type wearable with two small sensors capable of detecting periods of slow wave sleep, or what is more commonly known as deep sleep stage, and plays customised audio tones to boost and lengthen this duration. It sounds like some device we’d see on Black Mirror but used in a positive way of course.
Together with the Philips SleepMapper app, users will be able to see their sleep scores, tips and advice on how to get the best possible night’s sleep, and even the number of slow wave boosts and their impact!
The Philips SmartSleep was used for two weeks in people who do not get enough sleep due to lifestyle and multiple benefits were reported by 70% of the users including:
- Increase energy
- Boost alertness
- Improved quality of sleep
Even though it is a clinically proven technology, the Philips SmartSleep is not intended to treat sleep conditions or used as a solution for people who have difficulty falling asleep.
The SmartSleep system isn’t cheap and will retail for $399.99 when it ships in Spring. If that doesn’t pique your interest, you can always improve your sleep quality by adopting some good habits.