“Smart Mattress” and Other Gadgets That Could Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep


Sleep enhancement company Eight made a :"smart mattress" to keep track on the sleeper's toss and turn, check the sleep cycle and record the sleep evert night / Photo by: Rachel Calamusa via Wikimedia Commons


The leading sleep enhancement company Eight has developed a "smart mattress" that keeps track of a sleeper's toss and turn, manipulates each sleep cycle, records a person's rest each night, and uses machine learning to "tune" the bed according to a sleeper's preferences.

The mattress, tagged at $2,295 for a queen size, can hack the whole sleeping experience with thermoregulation—warming the sleeper as they drift into slumber then dropping a few degrees to prolong the period of the deep sleep, said Eight founder and CEO Matteo Franceschetti.

When they wake up in the morning, the bed's "thermo alarm" cools down the sleeper's body just enough to increase their heart rate and make them feel awake. Franceschetti believes these adjustments in temperature can help people obtain the amount of restorative sleep within six hours that would normally take eight hours of snoozing.

"That will account for six years of waking hours in your life," he said in a Wired article.

The invention of the smart mattress, as well as other sleeping and dreamy products, were all founded on the discoveries that came from 50 years of studying sleep.

Wired says another example of a "self-learning superbed" is the Bryte, which costs $5,950 for a queen size and also uses machine learning abilities in adjusting the temperature and firmness of the mattress all night. It adds that a "cuddlebot" called Somnox can simulate calm breathing that can lull a person to sleep.

The Dreem Band and Philips SmartSleep headbands are said to monitor the user's brain waves and turn on dream music via bone conduction as they drift off to dreamland. Even the mattress-in-a-box company Casper is now promoting hardware such as Glows, a device that reinterprets the commonplace bedside lamp as sleep technology. The wireless pod-like light (which costs $89 for one and $169 for a pair) slowly dims at night and then brightens up as the Sun shines to awaken the user.