Is a snoring spouse, barking dogs, traffic outside, or birds chirping at 4 am playing havoc on your ability to get a good night’s sleep? If so, you’re far from alone. “The research is pretty solid that noise can prevent people from getting a good night’s sleep,” says Ken Hume, a principal lecturer in human physiology at the Manchester Metropolitan University in England. What’s more, noises as quiet as 40 decibels – akin to the sounds between a quiet whisper from six feet and a normal conversation at three feet – can keep us from sleeping, reports the National Sleep Foundation.
Very few people will even attempt to argue that getting too little sleep is good for humans. But that doesn’t make it any easier for the millions of people, globally, who suffer from frequent or chronic sleep deprivation to find those elusive winks at night. Now, however, help has arrived in the form of several gadgets designed to make grabbing those forty winks a dream. Here are just a sampling of them.