Think you're good at sleeping? Think again.
A new gadget promises to 'revolutionise sleep' - because you've been doing it wrong all this time you fool.
The Withings Aura consists of two monitoring devices, one that slips under your mattress and one that sits on your bedside table.
The under-mattress part measures movement, breathing cycles and heart rate while the other monitors noise pollution, room temperature and light levels.
It also has a host of fancy light and sound settings that promise to "replicate the circadian rhythm’s frequency and pattern".
Cédric Hutchings, co-founder of Withings said: "Sleep is such a vital part of a healthy balance that we challenged ourselves to create a product that could be used not only to analyse and monitor sleep, but also to positively impact the experience.
"By combining environmental sensors, light and sound, we’ve been able to create a product that will give users the data and power to improve a third of their lives."
This vital piece of technology can be yours for just £250.
Aging causes our circadian rhythms to change and become less consistent, which makes us more susceptible to insomnia, according to the National Institutes of Health. We become sleepy earlier in the evening and wake up earlier in the morning. When we try to fight our body’s natural instincts by attempting to stay awake or sleep later, it often becomes a losing battle.
Nearly 10 to 35 percent of adults over age 65 suffer from RLS, according to the National Institutes of Health. The uncomfortable tingling, which is only alleviated by moving the legs, can make it difficult to fall and stay asleep at night.
Women are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia compared to men, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Researchers have found that the effects of hormonal changes in women during menopause, like hot flashes and mood swings, can cause erratic sleep patterns.
Insomnia can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as GERD, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
General stress may be one of the biggest culprits of all, sapping our body of much-needed Zzs. More than 50 percent of all insomnia cases are caused by anxiety, depression, or psychological stress, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. What’s more, insomnia itself can aggravate or worsen already-existing mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
Both over-the-counter and prescription medication can affect our sleep patterns. Medication that treats hypertension, heart disease, depression – especially SSRIs – Alzheimer’s disease, colds and allergies, joint pain, neurological disorders and high cholesterol may all contribute to sleeplessness.
Older adults wake up three to four times per night due to less time spent in deep sleep, the need to urinate, and/or a chronic illness that causes pain, anxiety, or general discomfort.