Did you know that the sleep technology market is forecasted to grow to $94.73 Billion by 2025?
In 2015, Persistence Market Research, a third-platform research firm, had estimated the consumer sleep technology industry to be valued at $80.8 Billion by the year 2020, and guess what? The industry has seen an average annual growth rate of 6.54%, and now (in 2020) is valued around $72.8 Billion.
Despite allegations from sleep experts like Dr. Seema Khosla, the medical director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep in Fargo, the consumer sleep technology industry seems to be doing pretty well. Dr. Khosla believes that products like FitBit and Calm mobile apps are being made available to people to self-diagnose or treat sleep disorders. There is no scientific evidence that these products work.
However, she admitted that the usage of such sleep-enhancing products, when done under the watchful eye of a medical professional, can be helpful for those deprived of sleep. The patient-generated health data obtained from devices like FitBit or Garmin VivoFit can help improve the quality of sleep in an individual if they are aware of the specific metrics used by it.
The Cutting Edge Sleep Technology Trends in 2020
1) Sleep Trackers
There are several devices available in the market today for tracking your sleep. All a sleep tracker does is measure various sleep parameters while you are asleep and present the information to you in an easy-to-read report/chart/graph format.
Although you don’t have to be tech-savvy to comprehend this information, you do need to get acquainted with the metrics used for displaying data.
There are two types of sleep trackers: 1) Wearables and 2) Non-wearables.
The wearable sleep trackers are the devices typically worn on a wrist, head, or arm, whereas non-wearable sleep trackers are chips or sensors placed in your bedroom. Wearable sleep trackers are popular than it’s counterpart because it can be worn 24×7– even in the shower.
2) Sleep Apps
Are you wondering how sleep apps work? Sleep app works by itself or in conjunction with a smartwatch. Initially, a sleep app was designed to capture audio signals from the phone’s microphone. The sound waves are used to formulate a chart that is presented to you as a result. The efficacy of measuring sleep parameters using audio signals has always been questioned.
However, when your smartphone is paired up with a smartwatch like FitBit or Garmin ViviFit, another dimension gets introduced in the process of sleep tracking. The smartwatch measures your movements with the help of an accelerometer sensor. This sensor is also capable of accurately measuring your heart rate. Hence, it is advised to use a sleep app along with a smartwatch.
3) Hybrid Mattresses
As the name suggests, a hybrid mattress is mainly a combination of two different types of mattresses: pocket innerspring mattress and a memory foam mattress. Along with a pocket coil in the center and layers of foam around it, some hybrid mattresses may also have latex on the top. This mattress is for those who want the soft cushy feeling without having to compromise on ventilation.
When looking for the best hybrid mattress, make sure the firmness and softness are in a balanced proportion. An ideal hybrid mattress prevents the user from excessive turning and tossing due to discomfort. Moreover, the weight alleviation properties of memory foam relieve any pain or distress incurred by your body during the day. Hence, a hybrid mattress is one of the most popular sleep technologies in 2020.
4) Recovery Sleepwear
If you are a high-performance athlete, you will be aware of how vital the process of recovery is. Recovery from training and games/matches/tournaments. There is no doubt that a good night’s sleep is the best way to rest and revive from the wear and tear incurred during the activity.
However, you will be surprised to learn that you can now speed up the process of recovery by wearing special recovery garments known as Recovery Sleepwear. Whether you are into American football, soccer, or marathon running, by adding recovery sleepwear to your arsenal, you will able to stay injury-free all season long. Even top athletes like Tom Brady have endorsed recovery sleepwear recently.
5) Noise Masking Sleepbuds
Does your partner snore at night? Is there a nightclub or a loud restaurant near your home? I understand how difficult it can be to stay in an area which is noisy all the time. The noise pollution takes a toll of your life, particularly when it continues till midnight. Here is the good news though, you will now be able to sleep soundly despite external disturbances.
Sound engineering firms like Bose are now coming up with sleepbuds that can mask external noise and allow you to sleep uninterrupted throughout the night. Sleepbuds appear a lot like Apple Airpods. These devices seal your ear canal and generate a low-level white noise, which helps your brain focus solely on sleep and nothing else. And don’t worry, the sound level is so low (and safe) that you won’t even notice it.
The gadgets and devices mentioned in this post are the ones that are popular among mainstream consumers. In 2020, several more sleep technologies are coming up at a rapid rate. Due to strict FDA approval policies, most of these products don’t even make the consumer market. However, there haven’t been any health and safety concerns reported yet.