The relationship between humans and technology.
First, we will initiate with a comprehensive, but also a specific definition of technology. Furthermore, we will explore the definition as a means to analyse the use of innovative products to prevent sleep disorders. Conclusively, we will explore the concept of technology in relation to sleep by analysing the relationship between technology and humans. Ultimately, I will leave it up to you to decipher whether this has a positive of negative impact on our lives.
What is technology?
One can not merely specify the meaning of technology without exploring potential opinions and queries, which could either, distort or exclude numerous possibilities of investigation.
Meanings are not definite.
However, within the long technological human history, there is a universal occurrence of human artefact relations as a result of humans relating to their environments. Thus, “it is clear that there are no human cultures which are pre-technological-all humans have a material culture with complexly patterned praxes involving artefact” (Ihde, 1993). Inevitably our relationship with technology has advanced over time and will continue to advance into the future as a result of our ever-changing, environments, in which know-how artefact is profoundly embedded to help improve and enhance our lives.
Technology is at the forefront of interaction and innovation, processing, and producing. The ways in which technology can help humans sleep is just one example of how technology is used for the enhancement of life through innovative product. Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our body together. With that being said, alarmingly, “50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder.” (Kezirian, 2016)
There are countless devices, machines, apps and gadgets in all forms, shapes and sizes that have been innovated to monitor sleep and aid sleeping disorders.It is overwhelming to see the plethora of sleep technologys that are available online, all of which offer primarily the same thing! Amongst the hustle and bustle of it all I managed to come across Beddit. Their sleek and modern website interface and image branding caught my attention very quickly. As the website scrolls seamlessly through like a delightfully crafted Prezi, the sleep gadget appears to be contemporary and simple. Unlike other apps or wearable activity trackers, Beddit is a sensor that is placed near the bed without interfering with the aesthetics of your room and integrates with the beddit app on your iPhone as well as the Apple watch to measure movement, heart rate, breathing, snoring.
(Beddit Sleep Tracker, 2016)
Consequently, the utilization of technology for the enhancement of sleep is a double-sided argument, with technology acting as both the potential causer and aider of sleep disorders. Considering the use of technology before bed, the light released from a tablet or smartphone has a powerful affect on the way we sleep. “There is robust scientific data documenting the role of light in promoting wakefulness. Photoreceptors in the retina sense light and dark, signaling our brain about the status of the outside world and aligning our circadian rhythms (centered in a small region of the hypothalamus called the suprachiasmatic nucleus) to the external day-night cycle.” (Emsellem and Bos, 2016). However there are numerous gadgets, sleep devices and apps such as Beddit, which have the ability to identify sleep patterns allowing individuals to adjust their cognitive schemes and work towards improving their sleep.
Essentially, adequate sleep is essential for growth, learning, mood, creativity and weight control. Understanding the paradox of technology and utilizing it in a rational routine to it is paramount in our ability to improve, manage and enrich our sleep.
Anon, 2016. Beddit Sleep Tracker. Apple, Sydney: Beddit.
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