We Tested Them!: Gadgets That Can Help You Sleep
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You breathe in and out in sync with a pulsating soft-blue light projected on your ceiling. The pattern the device makes can keep your attention from drifting while you breathe and help lull you to sleep.
"Some nights I have trouble falling asleep, but staring at the light gave me something to focus on; it's strangely hypnotic. It was only a few minutes before I felt relaxed and just wanted to close my eyes. The device can shut itself off after seven minutes, but often by then I was already asleep." —Val Monroe, Beauty Director
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A tiny sensor placed under your sheet tracks your nighttime habits and sends data to an app that reports how well you slept and offers advice and tips from experts.
"I have to wake up at 3:30 a.m., but I go to bed late, so I average only three hours of rest. The app lets you set a sleep goal. I set mine for six hours. I was surprised to learn I typically fell asleep in less than eight minutes but woke three to four times during the night. I like being aware of my habits and knowing where I can improve." —Gayle King, Editor at Large and CBS This Morning cohost
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The light gradually brightens over a 30-minute period to simulate the sunrise, rousing you more naturally than the racket of an alarm clock.
"My bedroom curtains are great at blocking sunlight, but that means it's easier for me to oversleep. And it doesn't help that I usually hit the snooze button at least three times every morning. The warm light made waking up much more pleasant, and I didn't feel the need to roll over and keep sleeping." — Jihan Thompson, Health Editor
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