Other “Sleep Promoting” Technologies

A recent article in PC World attempts to dismantle a common complaint itterated by sleep doctor’s; today’s technologically savvy devices from laptops to cell phones to plasma televisions fragment sleep and wake (“junk” sleep), and exacerbates sleep deprivation in an already sleep-deprived America. Similar to the My Zeo alarm clock I highlighted yesterday (see blog entry: Hollah for My Zeo), there are other applications and devices available through iTunes and biotechnology companies, respectively, that actually improve sleep. Though the efficacy of the sleep-promoting music available on iTunes appears to be entirely subjective and lacks scientific merit, devices that radiate blue light to control the circadian release of  melatonin have been presented by leading scientists at scientific meetings I have attended over the past two years (SLEEP and the Society of Research on Biological Rhythms).

I love my gangsta, crunk rap, but I certainly can’t fall asleep listening to it.

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