Chat with the CEO of the National Sleep Foundation – Samsung Newsroom UK

Faced with the frantic pace of today’s world, it is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We know we shouldn’t neglect our sleep, but the to-do list never ends – which can lead to increased stress levels.

This is revealed by a recent study by one of the world’s leading sleep specialist organisations, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). According to the NSF, the need to continue to prioritize our sleep for our health and well-being is one of the biggest challenges we face. With this in mind, technologies can be of great help – as evidenced by the ever-increasing number of technological solutions dedicated to sleep on the market.

In order to understand the impact that dedicated technologies can have on improving sleep, we took a closer look at the link between sleep and technology during an exchange with John Lopos, CEO of the NSF.

Manage routines and track progress

According to the NSF 2022 Sleep in America® survey, there are many ways to improve daily activities that have positive effects on sleep and health: eating at set times, engaging in regular physical activity, controlling exposure in light during the day and at bedtime, etc.

The NSF has established specific guidelines and recommendations for restful sleep, and it is here, according to Mr. Lopos, that “technology can establish itself as the common thread of our sleep experience, using reminder, facilitation, communication and follow-up tool. In this sense, it can contribute to satisfying the recommendations of the NSF for better sleep, both when we sleep and when we are awake. »

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For a good night’s sleep, follow your daily exercise routine with the Galaxy Watch4 Series

Control the sleep environment

Exposure to light, day or night, can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and a restless night. The light from smartphone, laptop and television screens can therefore have a significant impact on the quality of sleep.

And while technology can be to blame when used inappropriately (like when we stare at screens right before bed), it can also be part of the solution. ” As part of sleep preparation, technology can help establish an environment conducive to sleep and slow down the pace to be calmer and more relaxed, before taking its place in the background – this is the important point – without disturbing sleep “, notes Mr. Lopos. The SmartThings feature[1] is a very good example. It lets you schedule a preset time to turn off the bedroom TV and dim the lights as part of a bedtime routine; which helps prepare for sleep and promotes quality sleep throughout the night.

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Easily control your bedroom lighting with SmartThings to create an environment conducive to sleep

Adapt sleep habits

While sleep technologies can have long-term health benefits, they can also help adapt our sleep patterns in the short term. The NSF recommends using relaxation techniques daily to support sleep quality — and that goes even more so for disruptions, like those related to the clock change. The Galaxy Watch4 and the Samsung Health app offer breathing and meditation exercises and measure the user’s stress level[2].

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With the Galaxy Watch4, monitor your stress levels and do breathing exercises to prepare your body for better quality sleep

Sustainably improve sleep quality with Samsung

Samsung has introduced features on the Galaxy Watch4 Series to allow users to track and achieve their wellness goals while improving the quality of their sleep.

For example, the new Galaxy Watch4 Series sleep tracking program helps the user adopt better habits and achieve their sleep goals.2. The program assigns one of 8 animal totems based on the user’s sleeping profile, after studying their habits over seven days, as well as their answers to two questionnaires. The user is then guided through a four to five week coaching program with assignments, advice and feedback.

Connected objects being an integral part of the lifestyle of many people, it is now commonplace to track and identify everything related to sleep. In this context, the NSF wishes to democratize sleep technologies, by focusing on collaboration and knowledge sharing. ” Integrations between connected objects, platforms dedicated to lifestyle and well-being as well as household appliances will multiply,” says Mr. Lopos. “Consumer choices and feedback will demonstrate that there is genuine interest in products and services that put technology at the service of sleep. »

National Sleep Foundation: www.thensf.org

[1] Availability of this feature may vary by device.

[2] These features are intended for fitness and wellness purposes only. They are not intended to be used to detect, diagnose or treat any condition or disease. Measurements are for personal reference only. Please consult a doctor if necessary.

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