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Gadgets to help you sleep better: Do they work?

September 1, 2021

These pill-free options may promote a better night’s rest.

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For many people, the nightly trip to dreamland is a difficult journey. Up to a third of all adults — including 30% to 48% of older people — have a hard time falling or staying asleep at some point, with about 10% developing chronic insomnia. So it’s not surprising that a wide array of gadgets claim to help you get more Z’s. Do they really help?

To find out, we turned to Dr. Lawrence Epstein, a sleep specialist with Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and medical editor of the Harvard Special Health Report Improving Sleep (/is). Here are his takes on devices that promote sleep.

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