What are Smart Mattresses & Smart Beds?
There’s a “smart” version of just about everything these days; smart locks, smart lightbulbs, smart speakers, smart watches, and now the future of sleep technology is here with the smart mattress (and smart bed).
Connected technology has finally entered the bedroom with smart mattresses, which connect to other devices to track and monitor how you sleep and, to help you improve your overall quality of sleep.
A mattress by itself can cost quite a bit, and adding technology only increases the cost. So you have to ask what they can do and if they are worth it. With that said, let’s take a look at smart mattresses and look at how they improve sleep quality.
Highly Detailed Sleep Tracking
A smart mattress is designed primarily to track and monitor your sleep. Everyone knows that the quality and quantity of sleep have a massive impact on your physical, mental, and cognitive health and wellbeing. A smart mattress can tell you if you are getting the sleep you need.
They track how you move to effectively monitor how much time you spend in bed, when you fall asleep, and how much you move in bed.
A good smart mattress is able to analyze your breathing and heart rate too. It can calculate just how long you were asleep, and how much time you spent getting that all-important REM sleep.
Many people use smart wearables to track their sleep, but smart beds are on a whole different level of detail. It’s impossible to get this kind of detail with anything but a smart bed.
Climate Control and Dual-Climate Zones
Another great feature of smart mattresses is climate control. Most of them are sold with heating systems built in that help keep you at the right temperature for sleep. Some of them take things to the next level by having dual climate zones and on-demand temperature controls.
Far too many people suffer from cold feet when sleeping. Their feet stick out from under the cover and it’s an uncomfortable sensation. The temperature control of smart beds can help with that. They ensure your feet are kept nice and warm.
Do you and your partner have different preferences when it comes to sleeping temperatures? Perhaps you like things warm and your sleeping partner prefers things cool? Well, a good smart mattress lets you do just that. It’s like having different temperatures for different seats in the car, but on your bed.
Good luck finding a regular mattress that can do that.
Freedom of Movement
Another benefit of smart beds is that they offer complete freedom of movement. Think of it like an advanced version of an adjustable bed that lets you alter the position of your head and feet.
There can be some benefits to changing the position of your bed. Having the head section of the bed elevated at a certain angle may alleviate snoring, for example.
Some beds come with sleeping positions programmed in for different sleepers. At the very least you should have the option to set your own preferred positions and save them to memory so you can get your bed just how you like it at the tap of a button.
Smart beds come with remotes or are controlled through apps. Simply set the bed how you like it and program it into the app as a preset position.
Smart Home Integration
Everything is connected in the smart home. Everything is talking to everything else. From the door locks to the speakers to the lights.
A smart bed adds the bed to the conversation, connecting with everything else to unlock a wide range of features.
Hook your smart mattress up to your home assistant and have Alexa tell you how you slept, or have Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home prepare your mattress just how you like it.
Set up some “If This Then That” (IFTTT) commands so that your bed syncs up with your lights to gently wake you up in the morning. You would be surprised at what your mattress can do with the right connections.
Who are Smart Beds For?
While it could be said that smart beds are for anyone, it’s true that some will get more use and better out of them than others.
People who snore, experience back pain, or otherwise wake up feeling sore can certainly benefit from having one. Smart beds offer a comfortable night’s sleep built around your own personal needs and preferences.
Anyone who considers sleep to be one of the pillars of good health – on the level of good nutrition and exercise – should certainly consider picking up a smart bed. A smart bed really does offer the best and most comfortable night’s sleep. It may even have floor lighting features for people who wake up in the middle of the night. The soft light from the bed maintains a healthy circadian rhythm so you’ll have a much easier time getting to sleep and getting back to sleep.
Athletes should also consider investing in a smart bed, or at least a smart mattress. Sleeping properly gives you more energy and prepares your body for new muscle growth. You’ll get the energy you need to consistently perform at your best and get the most out of training and workouts. Not to mention the temperature control features can help to alleviate the aches and pains of a day filled with strenuous exercise and speed up recovery times between workouts/events.
If you are looking to take your sleep to the next level, then you should consider investing in a smart mattress or smart bed.
Popular brands of smart beds include Sleep Number 360, Eight Smart Bed, and ReST Bed.
Like any kind of “smart” technology, they can be fully personalized around you to give you the best possible experience.
If you want a mattress that gently wakes you up, adjusts itself to keep you at the right temperature throughout your sleep, and connects with everything else in your home for the best possible restful sleep experience, then you want a smart mattress (smart bed).