It’s a widely acknowledged reality that the age of technology we live in generates an exhausting list of pros and cons. With so much available to us， it can prove difficult to know what’s helping and what might be detrimental to our health， specifically our sleep. So what kind of technology is hurting your sleep， and what might help？
Dictionary.com defines technology as “the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life…” and “the application of this knowledge for practical ends.” In other words it’s the digital and physical inventions that affects our lives， for better， for worse， or just for kicks and giggles.floral pillow shams
This ranges from new cushioning technology for your derriere to cold medicine and thought-controlled robot prosthetics； from a $5 analog watch to everything involved in sending Rovers to Mars. It’s in your pockets， under your feet， filling your bedroomcustomized gifts for men， protecting your house， and permeating your workplace. And for the most part， it’s pretty awesome. It brings the world together， it makes life a lot more enjoyable.
I would be the last person to tell you to shun the amazing technologies life has to offer， but there is something to be said for finding the right balance of technology in your life. With the right understanding of how different technologies affect your overall sleep health， you could transform your sleep from an ineffective chore to a rewarding part of your life that actually betters your waking hours too. Turn your body into the ultimate sleep machine with three simple steps：
Screens (ie： TV， phone， tablet， computer， etc.)， emit a blue light that affects your body’s circadian rhythm and disrupts melatonin production. This means less of the deep， healing sleep your body needs to function on all cylinders the next day. Obviously， you can’t go completely off the grid， but change doesn’t have to be all that drastic.
Start Small： Most screens have the ability to turn the harsh blue light down or even off. Use your smartphone’s night mode if it has one or download an app that will do it for you. Schedule it to turn on automatically a couple of hours before you go to bed. You’ll be seeing the digital world a little more rose-colored than normal， but you get used to it pretty quickly.
Turn it Off： If you’re feeling brave， begin？to eliminate various forms of the？computer screen before bed. Start with one — like your phone — a couple hours before bed， then， as you screen detox， make bedtime more and more analog？one screen at a time. But be careful…；you might actually find yourself enjoying a world without screens!
Much like losing weight， fixing your sleep can be a lot more rewarding when you listen to your body and what it’s telling you is working or not. But sometimes it’s great to see the numbers! Enter technology.
There are oodles and gobs of sleep-trackers that can tell you how deeply and long you sleep， how often you wake up or get restless， and all sorts of cool stats about your zzzs. There are wearables like Apple Watch， FitBit， and Pebble， and there are trackers that stay in your bed， like Beddit and Emfit. It can be really amazing to see where you started， and where all your hard work and hard sleep have brought you!
Not all technology is digital! The world of cushioning products to keep you comfy from head to toe is always evolving， including beds. It may seem like bed technology has been recycling the same 3 technologies for the last 60 years or so， and for the most part that’s true.
That’s why the Founders of Purple came up with the Hyper-Elastic Polymer？ Smart Comfort Grid？. It’s a unique technology that actually responds to your body in a healthy and supportive way， unlike memory foam， springs， and air. It’s soft where you want it for comfort and stays firm where you need it for support no matter where or how you sleep on the mattress. This incredible mattress technology is actually designed to help you get a deeper and healthier sleep. Don’t believe me？ That’s alright…；but how about 6300 honest customer reviews？
Now let’s discuss the Purple？ PowerBase –； the most techy bed frame you never knew you needed. With its adjustable positions and soothing massage technology， it creates a productivity hub by day and the happiest sleep palace by night.
Don’t let the thought of cutting down on late-night technology overwhelm you. Start small and slowly build up to being screen-free within a couple hours before bedtime. Tracking your sleep can be a fun， effective way to see how far you’ve come. Just don’t forget to listen to your body； it will tell you what’s working and what’s not.
Now， go use your awesome technology and order the most comfy tech that will ever grace your bedroom. You’ll thank me in the morning.
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