Notes from Damian

Sleeping With Tech?

In our ever-evolving world, the quest for deep, nourishing sleep is more crucial than ever. Recent studies reveal a stark reality: spending excessive time on our devices, bathed in blue light, has been scientifically proven to degrade our sleep quality.

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In our ever-evolving world, the quest for deep, nourishing sleep is more crucial than ever. Recent studies reveal a stark reality: spending excessive time on our devices, bathed in blue light, has been scientifically proven to degrade our sleep quality.

Remarkably, individuals engaging with digital screens right before bedtime experience a 50% reduction in sleep efficiency compared to those who disconnect earlier in the evening.

As a new father, I've become acutely aware of the profound importance of rest, not just for myself but for the overall wellbeing of my family. Balancing the joys and challenges of parenthood, I've seen how essential quality sleep is for our health and longevity. Research supports this, showing that securing 7-8 hours of sleep can significantly lower the risk of premature death. Yet, in our digital-saturated lives, finding the right balance between unplugging and using technology wisely to enhance sleep becomes a delicate dance.

Embrace the Change

At Aro Ha, we understand the complex relationship between technology and rest.  All tech is not created equal.  While we advocate for a tech-free environment to ensure optimal sleep, we also recognize that some emerging technologies can be mindfully leveraged to support our sleep experience, transforming the challenge into an opportunity for wellness.

Make It Work For You

There are now a myriad of apps and devices that can assist in monitoring sleep patterns, providing insights into the quality of rest we're getting each night. These tools can help identify issues such as irregular sleep cycles or broken sleep, offering tailored advice on how to improve these patterns. Moreover, features like 'Do Not Disturb' modes on smartphones or the use of apps that emit sounds of nature can create a tranquil environment conducive to sleep.

The Latest Tech

Innovations such as smart mattresses and pillows adjust to your body’s needs in real-time, providing optimal support and temperature regulation throughout the night. Meanwhile, wearable tech, like fitness trackers, now incorporate sleep tracking functions, giving users a deeper understanding of their sleep stages and offering personalised tips for enhancement.

Here are some new and leading tech gadgets on the market designed to enhance sleep:

  • USE LIGHT TO WAKE | The Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light: This device simulates natural sunrises and sunsets, working with your body's natural circadian rhythms to support better sleep and wake cycles.
  • GAIN INSIGHT | Oura Ring: A sleek, wearable device that tracks not only your sleep stages but also your body temperature, heart rate variability, and activity levels, offering personalised insights for improvement. These are available to use while on a retreat at Aro Ha.
  • USE MINDFULNESS | Dodow Sleep Aid Device: A metronome with a light system that teaches you how to fall asleep naturally, by slowing down your breathing and focusing your mind away from overactive thoughts.
  • NEXT LEVEL | Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed:  Once you've covered all the basics, you might consider an intelligent bed that automatically adjusts firmness, comfort, and even temperature on each side of the bed to ensure you and your partner enjoy optimal sleep conditions.

Left: Grounding Mat from Grounded Kiwi. Right: Oura Ring

Nature Meets Tech

Combining nature's restorative power with tech, grounding mats are gaining attention for their sleep-enhancing properties. Grounding mats are designed to mimic the electrical grounding effects of walking barefoot on the earth. By connecting you to the earth's natural charge, these mats can help reduce cortisol levels and align your body's internal rhythms, potentially deepening the quality of your sleep.

Research suggests that using a grounding mat during sleep can improve sleep continuity, reduce night-time awakenings, and increase overall sleep depth.

This is thought to be due to the grounding effect's ability to neutralise free radicals and improve the body's natural healing processes, creating an environment more conducive to restful sleep. By incorporating grounding mats into your bedtime routine, you may experience a more profound, restorative sleep, tapping into the natural power of the earth to enhance wellbeing.

By adopting a mindful approach towards our digital device usage at night and integrating sleep-focused technology, we can unlock a more restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep. However, science and our bodies tell us that we sleep best when we give tech a rest. At Aro Ha, we advocate for the ultimate tech-free wind-down routine to prepare for sleep. Emphasising the importance of disconnecting from digital devices, our approach is grounded in creating a serene environment that encourages the mind and body to relax fully.

We recommend engaging in calming activities such as meditation, gentle yoga, or reading a book under soft, warm lighting. Additionally, embracing practices like journaling to reflect on the day or indulging in our sleep tonic can significantly enhance your pre-sleep ritual.

A wellness retreat at Aro Ha goes beyond merely eliminating the distractions and stimulations of technology; it's about fostering a connection with ourselves and the natural rhythm of life, leading to nights of profound sleep.

Our retreats are thoughtfully designed to layer optimal sleep habits over time, offering our guests the deep rest and restoration they deeply seek. From the intentionally selected furnishings to our extensive pillow menu, every aspect of our rooms is tailored to ensure the deepest rest you've experienced in years.

Join us at Aro Ha to discover a lifestyle that achieves a perfect balance, leading to true rest and rejuvenation. It’s a testament to how, with mindful use, technology can be a partner in our journey towards achieving deep, restorative sleep.

Sleep well,