With the first rays of summer sunlight, our bodies tell us that night is past. Yet in the depths of winter, we are forced to rise and… not shine, in darkness. Many of us are left feeling tired and ‘off’. The Withings Aura alarm clock is set to change that – by putting going to sleep and waking up in our control with music and light.
Withings Aura: The Science Bit
Withings’ Aura Connected Alarm Clock is a high-tech alarm clock that eases users into sleep and wakefulness. The device combines a light with a Bluetooth speaker and an alarm clock and also includes a sleep sensor mat and a smartphone app. The soft mat is placed under the mattress and measures movement, breathing and heart rate and transmits the data to the smartphone placed next to the bed. The Aura system also measures room temperature, background noise and ambient light. The data is transmitted to the app, allowing you to examine how you sleep and any possible factors that might be disturbing your sleep.
The scientifically verified light and sound system adapts to the body’s data input into the device and wakes the user at the optimal point in their sleep cycle. Production of the sleep hormone melatonin is also influenced by the Aura system’s light. Cold, blue light stimulates wakefulness while warm, red light is relaxing. The multi-colour and dimmable LED uses red light at bedtime, slowly dimming so that you have time to relax before falling asleep. In the morning, the light simulates sunrise with blue light, which naturally limits the body’s melatonin production and promotes wakefulness. A number of different tunes also react to the user’s sleep cycle and aid in waking up or going to sleep.
The Aura doesn’t just analyse sleep cycles – it influences them positively . Extra functions include relaxation and meditation, naps, or combating jet lag. The Aura comes in at €299, but clearly it’s got a lot of tricks up its sleeve.
Source: Withings SA