The bedroom is arguably the most important room in your house. It’s where you sleep, where you retreat to on those cold days and where you feel most comfortable.
By using smart home technology you can finally elevate your bedroom to becoming that utopian sanctuary of comfort, laziness and above all happiness.
Get a perfect night’s sleep
Getting every one of those 40 winks is vital for not just our health but also for setting us up to start the day right. A perfect night’s sleep doesn’t have to be something that only happens every now and then, instead technology can help find out what’s causing us to toss and turn and then rectify it.
Fitness trackers like Fitbit’s Alta HR can actually monitor your sleep in addition to all the other activity tracking they already do. They can break down your night’s rest into light and heavy sleep and give you a clear picture of how you’re sleeping. The Fitbit Alta will also give you advice on what could be causing your sleep troubles and provide remedies.
Whether you’re living in a busy city, sleeping next to a snoring partner or just have to suffer a particularly vocal owl in the tree outside, noise can be a real hurdle in getting a good night’s rest, but you can now get headphones to help.
The Bose Sleepbuds can actively mask some of the most distracting sounds including neighbours, traffic, snoring and more, by playing specially altered versions of relaxing soundscapes such as leaves rustling in the wind or a babbling brook.
Wake up on the right side of bed
Getting the day off to a good start can depend on those crucial first few minutes as your eyes adjust to the light and you drift back into the real world.
Rather than just being woken up with a loud noise, voice-controlled displays like Amazon’s Echo Spot and the Google Home Hub can show you the day’s weather, warning you of any travel issues, sharing your calendar and even reading the morning’s headlines from the comfort of your bed.
Some smart displays and smart speakers even let you control other parts of your home such as the lighting or heating all by simply telling it to dim the lights or turn up the temperature.
Lighting is a vital component in not just getting a good night's sleep but in waking up in the best possible way. It’s why we should avoid the blue light from smartphone screens in the evenings and embrace those warmer colours first thing in the morning.
Imagine, then, having the sunrise gently fill your room to wake you up naturally, even in the darkest depths of winter. Smart lights such as the Philips Hue Wellness lamp can do just that, gently bringing you back into the world by filling the room with a slowly increasing glow.
Each light can be controlled either by an app on your phone or through the smart displays like Amazon’s Echo Show or the Google Home Hub.
A bedroom is that it should always be warm and welcoming. Smart heating systems like Nest and Hive give you the freedom to change the temperature from bed, either through an app on your phone or by simply telling your smart speaker. Don’t blame us though when finally leaving you bed becomes that much harder.
Bring all of your entertainment upstairs
Sometimes you can’t beat bedding down and tackling a movie or an entire boxset from the comfort of your own bed.
Bringing Hollywood to your home has never been easier thanks to gadgets like Google’s Chromecast Ultra which plugs into any TV and instantly gives you access to thousands of films and TV shows through apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and BT TV.
It’s very simple to setup - you simply plug it into the HDMI port on your TV, install the Google Home app on your phone or tablet, link the two using the app and you’re good to go.
Rather than making do with the sound from your old alarm clock, smart speakers like the Sonos One pair a minimalist bedside-friendly design with the convenience of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Simply ask for a song and as long as you’ve got a music streaming service like Spotify, the speaker will play your tune of choice.
In addition these speakers can play thousands of radio stations and even control parts of your house including the lighting and heating.
Your bedroom is a statement about you: speakers like Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound 1 give you all the smart features you would expect, including the Google Assistant, but house it within a stunning machined aluminium body, making it the perfect choice for people who want aesthetics that match functionality.
Bookworms may find an ever-increasing pile of books building up by the side of the bed. Save space and paper, and enjoy a less cluttered, more minimalist bedroom, with an eReader which puts an entire library of books in the palm of your hand at the press of a button.
The latest eReaders like the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite or Kobo Forma are incredibly thin and light and come with backlit displays (or the Kobo's ComfortLight feature) so you can read comfortably in the dark. They come with a battery that lasts weeks instead of days and they have enough storage to give you a library of thousands of books.
Create a stress-free environment
Ever gone out and worried that you've left the lights on or your straighteners plugged in? It's something that many of us do.
Smart home gadgets can take the weight off your mind. Rather than worrying all day, smart plugs like the Hive Active Plug that are connected to wi-fi let you see if you’ve left them on and then, with the press of a button on your phone, turn them off no wherever you are in the world. They’re perfect for reassuring those sudden panics and can work around the rest of the home too.
Finally, our smartphones have become an intrinsic part of our lives, however they still come with those little annoyances. You get home, it’s dark and you’re fumbling around on the floor trying to find the charging cable for your phone. There is a better way: wireless charging.
If you have a compatible smartphone* wireless chargers like Anker’s Powerwave offer a simple and easy way to charge your phone. All you do is place your phone on the pad and that’s it.
Some chargers even go a step further, with Google’s Pixel Stand turning your Google Pixel phone into a Google Assistant smart speaker while it’s being charged.