Bedrooms are getting smarter than ever before with the introduction of technology that promises a better night’s sleep.

From everyday gadgets like apps and wearable trackers to high-tech innovations like smart mattresses and headbands that claim to measure brain activity, new products promise to help us fall asleep, stay asleep, and sleep better. But can they really help solve your sleep problems?

The Downside of Sleep Tech

While sleep trackers like Fitbit or the Apple Watch can be useful tools to track your slumber and become more aware of your sleep patterns, there are many limitations to what wearables or contactless trackers can tell you.

There is a lack of data about their validity, accuracy, and reliability. Most of the devices on the market are sold as entertainment devices. This means that the devices don’t need to pass a rigorous FDA approval process and they have not been independently validated.

It is important to focus on how you feel in the morning before checking to see how your wearable tells you how you slept.

These devices can even have unintended effects, such as reinforcing poor sleep habits and worsening insomnia and anxiety. Researchers have coined the term “orthosomnia” to describe the unhealthy obsession with perfecting your sleep data that can lead to worse sleep.

It’s important not to become overly reliant on sleep trackers. Sleep tech doesn’t diagnose sleep disorders or replace testing in sleep labs. But these tools can supplement conversations you have with your sleep doctor.

Innovations to Improve Sleep Health

There are plenty of upsides to sleep technology, too. There are apps that use sound recordings to track snoring, help you adjust your sleep schedule when traveling to avoid jet lag, and offer guided meditations to help you ease into sleep, to name a few.

There are many positive advancements in technology that may help improve sleep in the future as well.

Companies are developing new devices, such as wearable technology to help people with restless legs syndrome and