Restless, sleepless nights: they happen to everyone. Whether you can’t wind down, relax your mind or simply get comfortable, insomnia is bound to strike. If you suffer from occasional sleep deprivation, there are home technologies that can help. Their effectiveness might not be scientifically proven, but the when they’re set up correctly they’ll at least create an atmosphere that’s conducive to catching a few zzzzzs.
Sweet Lullaby. Soft, gentle music can ease you into sleep, and there’s no better way to do this than with a whole-house music system that can be programmed to play sleep-inducing music over the bedroom speakers. A home systems installer can set up the system to send tunes to the bedroom every night at 11 p.m., for example. Conversely, the upbeat, loud music can go to the room promptly at 6 a.m. every weekday morning as your automated wake-up call.
Fade to Black. As the music plays, a lighting system can gradually lower the intensity of the lights over whatever time period you specify. It’s a nice feature for anyone in the family, especially kids who may be afraid of the dark. Like the music, the adjustments of the lights can happen automatically, or you can activate the features by tapping a button on a keypad, touchpanel, your smartphone or tablet.
Curtain Calls. If your bedroom has motorized draperies or shades, add them to the bedtime routine. Per a predetermined schedule, they can close to block out the sun and provide the privacy you need for peaceful slumber.
Pathway Lights. Nothing sabotages sleep like bright lights do, so rather than have the bedroom (and bathroom) fixtures go to full brightness when you turn them on for a midnight trip to the bathroom, a lighting control system can keep them at a level that’s easier on the eyes, from the hours of 11 p.m. until 6 a.m., for example.
If you suffer from insomnia, ask your home systems installer about these and other routines he can set up put you on a path to a better night’s sleep.