049: Measurement or intervention? The role of sleep technology – Dr Michael Grandner

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Last updated:03/02/2021

Only a few years ago, the phrase consumer sleep technology was synonymous with sleep trackers, devices that monitor your nocturnal behaviours to give you insights into the mysteries of your non-waking hours.

Fast forward to 2021, where we’re in the middle of an innovation explosion of all type of gadgets, wearables, apps, smart home technologies which not only track, but also actively attempt to promote better sleep.

In today’s episode we talk to friend of the podcast, Dr Michael Grandner about this important distinction between sleep technology that measures, and tech that intervenes in our sleep.

Plus we explore some of the latest science-backed sleep devices that utilise light, sound, temperature and other esoteric techniques with strange acronyms like PEMF, TDCS, all in the mission to improve our sleep.

Dr Grandner helps us to understand where the science is at with all of the latest sleep-tech trends, including digital sleep coaching, Sp02 monitoring, light therapy wearables, bed cooling tech,  and more.

This episode’s guest:

Dr Michael Grandner

Dr Michael Grandner

Dr. Michael Grandner is the Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona, Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic at the Banner-University Medical Center, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the UA College of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Medicine, Psychology (UA College of Science), Nutritional Sciences (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), and Clinical Translational Science. In addition, he is a faculty member of the Neuroscience and Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs. He is Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and is a Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

Website: http://www.michaelgrandner.com/

University of Arizona: https://www.sleephealthresearch.com/team.html

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grandner/

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Grandner

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelgrandner

Episode Homepage: https://sleepjunkies.com/measurement-intervention-sleep-tech/

More Resources:

Guide to light therapy wearables – https://sleepgadgets.io/best-light-therapy-glasses-wearables/

PEMF and sleep – https://sleepgadgets.io/interview-welltiss-mind-pemf-device/

Matthew Walker on tDCS

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