The research doesnâ€™t lie: Getting a good nightâ€™s sleep is so important.Â A solid eight hours can help you boost concentration, stress less and exercise more. The problem? There are distractions all over the bedroom, including your addictive smartphone, that blaring, flat-screen TV and a never-ending battle for the ideal sleep temperature. Check out the hard numbers for size: Americans sleep an average of seven hours and 36 minutes every night. And while that may sound solid, 45Â percent say that poor or insufficient sleep affects their daily activities at least once a week, according to a December 2014 study. Luckily, thanks to a host of ingenious inventions, there are new tools, toys and gadgets promising to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. So turn out the lights, put on your PJs and shop our favorite sleep savers below.
1. The Total-Sleep Tracker
The two-part Withings Aura tracker is designed to help you snooze better, aiding you in falling asleep, waking up and figuring out your sleep cycle over the long run. First, thereâ€™s a movement sensor that sits beneath your mattress and an LED lamp that promises to relax you at night and gently rouse you in the morning. The unit also promises a library of custom light-and-sound patterns thatâ€™ll help with â€œactivitiesâ€ like power napping, getting over jet lag and chilling out with a good book. And now you can pair it with Nest, Googleâ€™s home-temperature maintenance tool â€” and both, of course, have the ability to be controlled from your iPhone.Â ($300; amazon.com)