Ahhh, the bedroom. As the place where we rest after a hard day’s work, the bedroom should be a shrine to serenity. A room where everything plays a part in your pre-sleep routine, and prepares you for morning and a long day ahead.
We’ve picked our favorite bedroom gadgets that do all of the above and more. Check them out and see if you agree with our selection.
Daylight controls our body clock, and therefore, how easy it is to fall asleep or wake up. But unless you live near the equator, chances are you suffer with shorter days in winter, making you feel more like a sun-starved mole than a human being. Worse, you wake up in the dark, feeling groggy and unrested.
Super-charge your snooze with this sleep therapy alarm clock from Philips. Using specific, customizable lighting that mimics both sunrise and sunset, you can wake feeling rested every morning, no matter where you are or what the time of year.
2. Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo smart speaker does wonders for the bedroom. Listen to gentle music as you fall asleep – or even white noise, if that’s your bag. Get the morning’s news and weather as you wake, before your first sip of coffee, and whether you’ll need an umbrella that day. Even control your lights, heating, and other smart home appliances with just a few commands – not bad considering you can do it all without leaving the bed.
The Kindle Paperwhite is essential for regular readers. If, like me, you spend the last hour in bed squinting at a paperback in poor lighting, you need this e-reader. The LED downlighting makes reading easier in low light, and means you won’t disturb your partner’s slumber. You can change text size to suit your eyesight, and the 300 dpi resolution is super crisp. Turning pages is as easy as a thumb tap – perfect for one-handed, side-lying reading in bed.
This is an expensive gadget, but a darn useful one if you have trouble sleeping. Aside from the king size memory foam mattress, it’s packed with intelligent sensors to analyze and monitor your sleep patterns. It even comes equipped with a warming layer so those winter nights are a tad more comfortable, and an alarm that wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase so you wake refreshed. Sync it with your Amazon Echo and get all your sleep data without ever touching the smartphone app.
Light your bedroom in all the colors of the rainbow with the Philips Hue Starter Kit. Each of the four included lightbulbs is capable of displaying over 16 million colors, so you’re guaranteed to get into that nocturnal mood. The smart hub lets you control the lights using a smartphone or tablet, and if you hook it up with your Echo or Google Home, you can just tell your lights what to do, and hey presto, they’ll do it.
Well, those are our favorite gadgets for the bedroom – what are yours? Let us know in the comments below (and keep it clean, people!).