sleep

  • Meditation Resource Calm Raises Another $500K+ For An App That Helps You Focus, De-stress And Sleep

    Meditation Resource Calm Raises Another $500K+ For An App That Helps You Focus, De-stress And Sleep

    Calm.com, a company that began as an online relaxation resource that gives information-overloaded computer users a healthy mental break in their days before making the move to mobile early last year, has now raised an additional $578,000 in a new round of funding. The raise, which includes investment from Jason Calacanis’s Launch fund and AngelList syndicate, Matt Mullenweg, and Matt… Read More

  • Hands-On With The New Basis Sleep Tracker

    Hands-On With The New Basis Sleep Tracker

    One of the most popular wrist health trackers, the Basis B1 smartwatch, has added sleep cycles to variables it automatically tracks. I got my hands on an early beta version (which is now publicly available) and have been comparing it for the last week to other popular sleep trackers on the market. The upshot: of all the consumer-grade sleep trackers, the Basis is easily the most sophisticated. Read More

  • The “Zizz” Is An Intelligent Sleep Mask That Helps You Get Better Zzz’s

    The “Zizz” Is An Intelligent Sleep Mask That Helps You Get Better Zzz’s

    At TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 this past week, a Warsaw-based startup called IQ Intelclinic was showing off an intelligent sleeping mask which uses sensors to monitor the wearers’ sleep cycles, including REM and non-REM sleep, in order to determine if you’re getting quality Zzz’s at night. The mask uses small electrodes pressed to your head surrounded by cushy material… Read More

  • Study: Too Much Technology Has Destroyed Our Ability To Sleep

    Study: Too Much Technology Has Destroyed Our Ability To Sleep

    It would appear that our increased reliance on technology has destroyed our ability to have a good night’s sleep. So says the 2011 Sleep in America poll, which was conducted by the the National Sleep Foundation. Something tells me they would be the guys to go to for all your sleep data needs. The study shows that 95 percent of Americans use a communication device (computer, phone, etc.)… Read More

  • Can't sleep? Turn off your iPad!

    Can't sleep? Turn off your iPad!

    You’re an animal. You’re a living creature not too dissimilar from a chimpanzee—well, I guess chimps don’t wear sneakers—, and yet you constantly fight your natural instincts. Like, you’re meant to be awake, alert and on the ready, during the daytime. The moment the sun begins to set you should be winding down your day. If the sun is down, you should be… Read More

  • Science vindicates afternoon naps, yet again

    Science vindicates afternoon naps, yet again

    We all know that sleeping is a good thing. It refreshes us. It gives us that “get-up-and-go” we need. There have been studies going back about as far as I can remember that an afternoon nap makes you more productive. The latest research finally gave me a sophisticated way to describe the afternoon powernap: “a biphasic sleep schedule”. Telling your boss that you are… Read More

  • ChiliBed mattress features built-in cooling and heating from 48 to 118 degrees

    ChiliBed mattress features built-in cooling and heating from 48 to 118 degrees

    A mattress for all seasons, as it were, the ChiliBed features mattress coils that carry cooled or heated water at temperatures ranging from 48 to 118 degrees. Developed by Todd Youngblood, the Chili technology is already available as a mattress pad although the ChiliBed will mark the first commercially available mattress to feature the heating and cooling built right in. Side note, Todd… Read More

  • New device for home-use analyzes sleep disorder patterns

    New device for home-use analyzes sleep disorder patterns

    Measuring and monitoring brain waves to analyze why people have problems with sleeping isn’t an easy task. Normally, patients need to be examined in special laboratories and wear head sets with up to eight electrodes over a certain period of time. But now Osaka-based Siix Corporation and the Osaka Bioscience Institute Foundation have developed a simple device that makes it possible… Read More

  • Select Comfort’s ‘Sleep Number Pet Bed’

    Select Comfort’s ‘Sleep Number Pet Bed’

    If you’ve ever worried that you waste too much time on the internet, let me put those fears to rest with the following factoid: Did you know that Select Comfort makes a Sleep Number bed for your dog? For your DOG. It costs $132.99 (on sale, down from $189.99). Read More

  • Damn, this bed is making me hungry

    Damn, this bed is making me hungry

    It’s just about lunchtime here in the Aamoth household and for some reason, I really feel like a delicious cheeseburger today. I can’t help but wonder if it has something to do with this delicious-looking cheeseburger bed that my wife would never go for. Read More

  • Vibrating pillow alarm clock buzzes you awake but doesn’t wake bedmate(s)

    Vibrating pillow alarm clock buzzes you awake but doesn’t wake bedmate(s)

    I’m on a new kick: silent wake-ups. The vibration setting on the SleepTracker watch I reviewed has turned out to be a far less agitating way to start the day than waking up to a blaring alarm clock. Read More

  • Review: Sleeptracker Pro

    Review: Sleeptracker Pro

    Quick Version: If you’re a light to moderate sleeper and you can’t seem to wake up on the right side of the bed, the $179 (MSRP) Sleeptracker Pro might be just what you need. Read More

  • Magical light to make you sleep well

    Magical light to make you sleep well

    This new gizmo called the NightWave Sleep Assistant aims to induce pre-sleep relaxation. It projects a calming blue light in your bedroom that rises and falls. While you lay in bed, you synchronize your breathing with the light and eventually the light becomes slower and slower, causing you to drift off into sleep. Read More

  • VORP! TICK TOCK! Alarm clock slowly hovers upward

    VORP! TICK TOCK! Alarm clock slowly hovers upward

    I keep my alarm clock just outside my bedroom, which allows me to wake up early with the miniscule side-effect of being almost totally overwhelmed by agitation and puffy-eyed rage for the first two hours of each day. At least I don’t hit snooze, though. Though I’d likely find a way to rip this vertically-ascending orange ball of an alarm clock from the ceiling, it might be a… Read More

  • Moondance GLOW iPod dock from Altec Lansing

    Moondance GLOW iPod dock from Altec Lansing

    Maybe because its been a long week, or maybe because this really is cool, but either way the Moondance GLOW sounds awesome. The iPod docking station for the bedroom not only does all your standard alarm-clocking, iPod-playing and remote controller-ing, it also glows. Glowing music and a big ol’ pillow sounds pretty sweet right now. Read More

  • Weird study of 21 people says that cell phones cause depression and poor concentration

    Weird study of 21 people says that cell phones cause depression and poor concentration

    A very thorough study (of 21 people) in Sweden found that people who use their cell phones excessively can be prone to sleep problems, fatigue, and stress, which can lead to depression and concentration issues. Hey, there’s a cat near me! I hate cats. I hate me! Where was I? Oh yeah, so Sweden. What’s up with Sweden? It’s like, we get it! You have great healthcare! Oh no… Read More

  • New high-tech anti-snoring pillow from Japan

    New high-tech anti-snoring pillow from Japan

    In case you have a serious problem with snoring during sleep, Tokyo-based furniture maker France Bed now comes to the rescue. The company developed an anti-snoring head pillow which is able to detect and reduce unwanted sounds by vibrating to change the position of the sleeping person’s head. Users can adjust the sensitivity of the Ibiki Makura (snore pillow) to three different… Read More

  • Wake up with the 'glo Pillow'

    Wake up with the 'glo Pillow'

    Good morning CrunchGear readers. Can I get you some coffee? Maybe some gadget news from around the Internet? Take your time getting up — let’s just ease into our Friday here, hmm-kay? How’d you sleep last night? I like the idea of the glo Pillow and I think I sleep lightly enough that this would be able to wake me up on its own without needing to rely on an alarm clock as well. Read More

  • Alarm clock with color-coded weather forecasts perfect for people who leave the house once in a while

    Alarm clock with color-coded weather forecasts perfect for people who leave the house once in a while

    Looking to impress your dinner guests but can’t afford a Chumby? Why not show them you sorta mean business with this colorful weather forecasting alarm clock? If the display is red or orange, better pack your speedo because it’s gonna be a bright, sunshiney day. Pink or turquoise and you’ve got some clouds in your future. Purple or green means rain or snow, respectively. It… Read More

  • 'Starry Night' bed is great for everything but sleeping

    'Starry Night' bed is great for everything but sleeping

      Sleep experts say that the bedroom should be devoid of distractions like bright lights, television sets, and four 8-inch subwoofers. The Starry Night bed has all of these things. So if you’re like me and you enjoy setting aside a good 2-3 hours of TV time before you fall asleep, this bed might just be a dream come true for you. There’s a 1080p projector built into the… Read More