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Go ahead and snooze. The importance of sleep is often overlooked, and goes beyond banishing eye-circles and boosting your mood. It is critical for health, and yet, most of us aren’t getting enough of it. Here are some stats and ways to help you sleep soundly and more effectively so you can be the best you.


 

Each time we check our email or social media and find a new piece of information, we get a shot of dopamine—a chemical our brains release to simulate pleasure. According to a Pew study, 83% of millenials sleep with their phones nearby, listlessly refreshing email, even when it’s way past bedtime.

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Fitbit Charge HR

Battle tech insomnia with tech! Record your sleep in “sensitive mode” for detailed sleep reporting including all movements, or “normal” for a more basic understanding of your sleep patterns counting significant movements. Get a better night’s rest knowing how to sleep properly.

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According to the CDC, an estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder. Learn your sleeping patterns and adjust to best suit your lifestyle.

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Garmin Vivofit

The Vivofit looks at and records your movements while you sleep and creates a chart. Each morning you can go onto the mobile app or website and tweak your sleep. This device also has a feature that’s entirely unique to it –  the Vivofit understands the concept of a nap and shows that time broken out.

Garmin Vivofit. Photo: Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

Garmin Vivofit. Photo: Josh Valcarcel/WIRED


 

Your mind is surprisingly busy while you think you’re just counting sheep. While you’re asleep, you can “practice skills” learned while you were awake or strengthen memories. So, if you’re learning something new, you’ll be better at it after getting a good night’s rest.

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Withings Aura Connected Alarm Clock

Aura is expert at helping you fall asleep faster via optimized colors which promotes secretion of sleep hormones. This smart clock is also wakes you up gently and smoothly by increasing light and sound gradually. You can also stream Spotify to wake up from your favorite songs or fall asleep with the best soothing music.

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Too little or too much sleep is associated with a decreased lifespan. Studies show that more deaths occurred in women who got under 5 hours or over 6.5 hours of sleep per night. Raymonde Jean, MD, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in NYC, says “If you sleep better, you can certainly live better. It’s pretty clear.”

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Misfit Shine 2

Misfit Shine 2 is an advanced, premium activity and sleep monitor that inspires you to live a more active life. Shine 2’s beautiful 12 tri-color LEDs, vibration alerts and capacitive touch introduces new ways to interact and motivate you to meet your health and fitness goals.

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