How to “Smartly” embrace Tech In the Bedroom

Did you know that most people spend a third of their life in the bedroom?  In bed mostly.  Which seems almost unreal when you talk to most adults who feel that they are sleep deprived.  With so much time spent in the bedroom it is still often overlooked as a place for your smart home technology to make it more convenient and comfortable. 

Here are some smart ideas you can employ in your bedroom to improve your sleep, make waking up easier and more pleasant, and improve the overall convince of the bedroom. 

  1. Make getting up easier and more relaxing. 

Even being a morning person not all mornings are easy for me to get out of bed.  If you live in the Tahoe area you know some mornings are freezing.  The most difficult mornings I typically have include sleepless nights and mornings after dinner parties when I may have had wine.  (Don’t judge!) I hit the snooze button, hate on my loud husband as he rises, and wait for my 4 year old to come tap on my eye lids to wake me up.  Ugh!  But for such days we have a “Scene” called Good morning.  When it’s almost time for me to rise the lights gradually turn on before my 6am playlist starts to play.  The music starts gradually and will build to make sure I get my butt out of bed.  The thermostat has adjusted so that I am not freezing in the morning and feel comfortable getting out of bed and starting my day.  The blinds begin to rise about 5 minutes after my playlist starts.  The Good Morning Scene gradually wakes me up in a peaceful way and it helps me get through those rough mornings.  Oh, did I mention 5 minutes after it’s time to wake up my coffee pot turns on and makes me coffee?  I know, I’m spoiled.  The beauty of this scene or any scenes is that it can be tailored to anything you want to start your day, it’s all personal preferences.

  • Monitor Your Sleep.

Some smartphones have built-in sleep trackers and can report back to you on your sleep.  But this data can often be imprecise, recent studies show they are not that accurate.  One well rated product is the Nokia Sleep currently available to track your hear rate, whether your in REM sleep (the most restful kind) and more. 

  • Turn down the Blue Light.

Limit your screen time around bed time to increase the quality of your sleep.  If you’re a business owner, doctor, or anyone with a life that may not always be possible.  Opt for a screen-tinting software that’ll reduce the amount of melatonin-suppressing blue light pumping into your eye balls.  Plugins such as F.lux, alongside of built-in options like Night Shift on Apple devices, are vital if your tech focused bedroom is going to help you sleep well.

  • Don’t Night Zombie Walk

With a smart home you can orchestrate never walking the dark again.  The lights can automatically come on as the sun sets or have a motion detector that is aware if you are up and out of bed.  One of our clients has LED light strips that come on at a low enough level to light her kids walk to the bathroom but not wake anyone.  She also has motion detectors on the stairs in case her kids get out of bed and want to go downstairs for a glass of water.  These two measures keep her and her family safe at night. 

At the end of the day smart homes are totally customizable to reflect a person’s lifestyle.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a night owl or a morning person we can tailor a system to your life and preferences to make life more comfortable and convenient.