Many people will buy hot tubs to use as a form of relaxation or health care. In fact, there are over 7.3 million hot tubs in operation in the United States. Now, there's a new robot that might help you relax and sleep better.
According to The Verge, a robot called “Somnox” makes a breathing in-and-out motion that can help you fall asleep by holding it. By using an app on your phone, you can tell the robot when to make the inflate and deflate motions and customize how long it does it for. You can also program how long in between “breaths” the robot goes. The idea of the robot is that you cuddle the pillow, as you would your partner, and it'll eventually sync up to your breathing to help you sleep and keep you asleep.
The battery only lasts eight hours, which is the recommended amount of sleep a person should get every night. However, that does mean that you have to charge it every morning. The rhythmic motion helps the user focus on something gentle. Nitun Verma, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and sleep physician for Crossover Health, talks about this new tool and the technique.
“Any sort of device or reminder that helps people do that before they sleep will help them sleep better,” Vera said.
Daniel Barone is a sleep expert at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian. He wrote a book about improving sleep and agrees with Vera. He recommends that people who have trouble sleeping take deep breaths 10 minutes before going to bed.
“Mostly what happens is that if people — especially in New York City — have difficulty shutting their minds off for a variety of reasons, these techniques can help them to overcome that. It brings them back into the present moment if you will,” Barone said.
While the robot is newer and has a few kinks left to work out, it's technique has been proven to really help those who struggle to relax fall asleep.