Technology has many uses. While many gadgets and devices help people wake up on time and stay awake and alert enough to do what needs to be done, not many devices anre effective enough to help people get some well needed sleep at night.

Some gadgets, like the Bose Sleepbuds, help reduce noise levels to a level good enough to help people sleep. Other devices, like the Dodow, help people get some sleep by calming them down and get them to a point where their mind and body is relaxed enough to doze off into the night.

Those who invest in smart home gadgets need not look for a device to help them fall asleep faster and better. Smart home devices like the Google Home speaker can also help homeowners fall asleep faster and more naturally than other devices can -- while also being able to do things other sleep-oriented devices cannot.

As a smart speaker, Google Home is able to do many things for those who want some sleep, CNet discovered. Here are some ways Google Home users can take advantage of this smart speaker.

By asking it to play relaxing music

By saying "Hey Google, play relaxing music," users will get the Google Home speaker to play relaxing music that can be found on YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora or Deezer. Those who like the playlist being played can open the app to save it for future use.

By listening to sounds from nature

Nature sounds, such as chirping from birds and the sound of a babbling brook, can put some people to sleep. Those who want to make Google’s smart speaker play these kinds of sounds only need to say "Hey Google, play relaxing nature sounds."

By listening to bedtime stories

Children normally doze off when their parents tell them bedtime stories. Getting the Google Home speaker to tell them bedtime stories will not only help them sleep faster, but will also help parents who lack some sleep too. Get the speaker to do this by saying "Hey Google, tell me a bedtime story."

Adults should expect to hear kid-friendly stories that are taken from Google Play Books and Storynory.

By listening to lullabies

The Google Home speaker is also able to play lullabies for kids who need to sleep. Classic lullabies like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Rock-a-bye Baby” are but some of the songs included in the lullaby playlist. Access this feature by telling Google Home, "Hey Google, sing me a lullaby."

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Google Home has some features that make it the best smart home speaker. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach