If you're at all familiar with smart home technology, you're probably aware of some of the benefits: the enhanced comfort and energy savings, the increased security, the undeniable convenience. But did you know that a smart home can also improve your health and help you get in shape?
It seems a little out there, but it's totally true. While no amount of technology can replace the benefits of portion control and regular exercise, the right combination of smart devices and clever programming can help you eat less, move more, and maybe even burn a few extra calories in your sleep.
It's hard sometimes to resist the temptation of snacking, and it's doubly hard late at night, when everyone is in bed and there's no one around to judge you for raiding the fridge. And let's face it: that's the worst possible time to snack. With a smart application of contact sensors (or motion sensors) on the snack drawer or refrigerator, combined with a little bit of button poking. Simply set those sensors to flash a light (or better yet, sound an alarm) after bedtime and you'll have all the more motivation to avoid them.
Need a little extra motivation to wake up and exercise in the morning? Smart home automation can help there, too. The best home automation controllers allow you to turn your home itself into an alarm clock, by activating a wakeup lighting scene and even cueing up your favorite motivational music playlists on a compatible wireless music system. What's more, if you have a SmartThings hub you can download an IFTTT recipe that won't let you turn on your TV until you've hit your Fitbit steps goal for the day. How's that for motivation?
One of the most overlooked ways of improving your health—both mental and physical—is getting a good night's sleep. But can your smart home really help with that? Yes! - by keeping your home a little cooler during the night.
No, seriously. Science seems to be pretty clear on the fact that sleeping in a cooler room can stave off insomnia (and maybe even give your metabolism a bit of a kick start, although that's slightly more controversial). So if you want to sleep better, try setting your programmable thermostat down a few degrees just before bedtime. Even in warmer climates, your HVAC system won't have to work too hard to keep things chilly during the overnight hours, and as an added benefit you'll save money on heating during the winter. And that's certainly not bad for your mental well-being.
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