Eight Sleep Tracker
Nest Learning Thermostat
Somnox Sleep Robot
Smart Nora Anti-Snoring Device
Air Quality Monitor
The fast pace at which mattress technology is evolving depicts an increasing trend in sleeping-related education. In other words, people have come to understand that how they sleep is very important for a healthy and energized life. Trying to save money by purchasing a cheap and low-end mattress is a terrible betrayal of the body, who needs pressure alleviation, support, and muscle relaxation in order to charge its batteries for the next day. Today, not only are we going to go over some of the most amazing mattress-related technology trends, but we’re also going to review some of the products that are definitely taking sleep at a whole new level of comfort.
Trends in Mattress Technology
New mattress technologies are being released every year. While some of them can spice up mattress prices quite a lot, it’s nice to have variety when going shopping. What you probably didn’t know is that this whole mattress technology evolution started way back in the 1900s, when coil mattresses first made an entrance on the market. The construction on the availability of mattresses has grown considerably since then, so let’s look over some of the innovations that have changed the mattress game in recent years.
The reason why adjustable beds are growing in popularity is that they can adapt to several sleeping positions and individual preferences. You may not know this, but adjustable beds were mostly a hospital bedding item because they were able to speed up the patient’s recovery process. By using a set of intuitive control, the sleeper can manipulate several zones, elevating the legs, the head, or both these areas simultaneously.
But aside from helping with recovery and providing a comfortable sleeping position, adjustable beds also make it easier for people to get in an out of bed. While this may not be a problem in your 30s, it can become one in your 60s. They are especially recommended for sleepers with limited mobility.
It sounds weird, doesn’t it? Why on Earth would want a copper infused mattress, what possible good could it do? Well, copper can provide you with many sleeping benefits, like breathability. It is no secret that a lot of people (especially those living in warmer climates) end up having trouble sleeping because their mattress can’t possibly handle the airflow needed to draw heat away from the body. A layer that’s copper infused will make heat transfer easier and regulate your body temperature, so you can sleep like a baby the entire night. Perfect for counteracting sleep sweats.
Copper also has antibacterial properties, which means a cleaner mattress for a longer period of time. The truth of the matter is, unless you have an easily-washable top cover, cleaning the mattress is tricky. What’s even more disgusting is that a mattress that’s more than seven years old can host more than 16 million colony-forming bacterial units. This is where copper infusion kicks in. And, aside from being antibacterial and hypoallergenic, it’s also antimicrobial. This means that it can abolish the formation of viruses, mold or fungi, which are prone to growth especially when the humidity levels inside your home are not in the 40-60% interval. To top it all off, copper is healthy. Due to its natural properties, it can be beneficial for your health in the long run.
If you’ve shopped for a mattress in the recent years, you’ve probably heard about sensors being integrated inside some models. What these sensors do is track your sleep to help you understand the good, the bad and the ugly. These sensors will measure your breathing intervals, your heart rate, how many times you get up during the night, the time intervals when you’re sleep in lighter and so on. By gathering all this information, mattress manufacturers were able to create mobile apps that give you detailed statistics to teach you how you can improve your sleep. What some manufacturers fail to do is provide in-depth information that helps the sleeper understand what each one of these statistics means is that there are steps to follow towards improvement.
Light & Heating
Because some people get up during the night for the occasional bathroom trip or a midnight snack, some mattress manufacturers have created illuminated bedding. These light sensors provide under-the-bed illumination to make sure you don’t step on Legos before you get the chance to actually reach the bathroom. Heating is also a recently-developed mattress technology that’s found on more expensive mattress models. This technology generally heats up your foot area, but it can be present in other parts of the mattress as well. People who have bad blood circulation often end up having cold feet, which causes discomfort and prevents them from going to bed in due time.
Gone were the days when you picked a mattress with a specific level of firmness and had to stick with it until you purchased a new one. Air mattress is the most common models that feature firmness adjustability. By inflating or deflating the mattress with the help of an integrated pump, you are customizing the firmness of the mattress to best suit your levels of comfort. Depending on how smart your mattress is, this process can be done either manually, by working the integrated pump, or through the use of several technologies, like mobile apps, remote controls or sensors that simply activate the pump to adjust to your body’s needs.
However, there is also mattress shipped with blocks of foam that have different firmness level. Each side of the bed can be opened up to reveal empty chambers where you can add the firmness blocks of your choice. This is ideal for sleeping partners with different firmness preferences, as it doesn’t stop you from sleeping on a firm mattress, even if your partner prefers a softer configuration.
Top 6 Best Mattress Technology Reviews
#1. Eight Sleep Tracker
- Dimensions: 15.3 x 19.2 x 10.2 inches (for the Queen size)
- Weight: 11 pounds (for the Queen size)
If you’ve ever felt the need to know more about the way you sleep, this sleep tracker may just come in handy. This monitor can fit over any mattress to convert your regular bed into a smart one. Each time you wake up in the morning, you will have access to information on how you slept the night before. You should get insightful data, such as your respiratory rate, heartbeat rate or the different stages of your sleep. By better understanding your sleep trends, you can take the necessary steps to improve your sleep and get an ever-better night’s rest. Aside from the sleep tracking features, the product also allows you individually heat each side of the bed.
The Smart Alarm feature is definitely a winner. The technology will progressively wake you up 30 minutes before the alarm starts ringing. This smooth process will ensure a more positive attitude as you wake up, instead of your sleep being abruptly interrupted by that annoying alarm. Based on your movement, the Eight Sleep Tracker knows when you’re sleeping lightly and can plan to wake you up accordingly. The package includes the smart cover which, as advertised, should fit above any mattress, and the power hub with wi-fi. However, you should know that if you opt for the Queen package, the cover will fit Queen mattresses, so make sure you purchase accordingly.
- Compatible with other smart home products.
- Warms each side of the bed individually.
- Tracks your sleeping habits.
- Wakes you up smoothly based on your lightest sleep stage.
- Device constantly loses wi-fi connection.
#2. Nest Learning Thermostat
- Dimensions: 3.3 x 1.2 x 3.3 inches
- Weight: 1 pound
If you’re ready to take your sleeping comfort to the next level, the Nest thermostat is a must. There are four different colors to choose from, to better fit your interior design. What this intelligent thermostat does is learn your habits and automatically controls the temperature inside your house, for better comfort and more money-saving. Truth be told, Nest is an excellent device for energy saving, as it can communicate with other Nest thermostats inside your home, as well as with other appliances. For example, if you have a smart illuminating system, Nest can operate the lights inside the house to notify you in case of emergency. It can also communicate with your smart washer and start working on the next batch of laundry when there is minimal energy consumption inside the house.
But let’s move on to what really interests you, the learning thermostat feature of the device. Long story short, Nest will memorize your cooling and heating preference and run customized schedules according to them. This means that during the night, when you’re drifting warmly inside your bed, the Nest thermostat can cool the temperature inside your house automatically by changing the temperature settings. This helps with two things: first, you won’t have to worry about waking up all sweaty and feeling uncomfortable because of the room heat + body temperature + warm blanket + sleeping partner body temperature combination. Second, this will help you have a lot of money on the heating bill. All it takes is about one week of allowing the thermostat to understand and learn your preferences and then you can switch it to Auto Scheduling.
- Memorizes your heat/cooling preferences and runs them automatically after the first week of use.
- Can communicate with other Nest thermostats inside the house.
- Can communicate with other smart home appliances and lighting.
- Available in four different colors.
- Can be controlled via your smartphone.
- Setup requires following a lot of steps.
#3. Somnox Sleep Robot
- Dimensions: 14 x 8 x 5 inches
- Weight: 4 pounds
Smart bedding has reached a new climax with the upcoming Somnox Sleep Robot. Once we tell you more about it, you too will become fascinated with what it has to offer. This sleeping companion promises to stimulate breathing rhythms to help you relax and fall asleep faster. It also uses sounds to guide you through relaxation through meditation. The sounds will turn off as you as you fall asleep. The Sleep Robot was designed to aid people that suffer from stress-related insomnia or for those of you who just like to think about how to end world hunger before falling asleep. Thanks to Android and iOS app, you can control the breathing exercises given by the robot, as well as select the sounds you want to hear before falling asleep. What’s even cooler is that the shape of the pillow-robot is perfect for cuddling.
- Adjust your breathing pattern so you can relax and fall asleep faster.
- It has a shape that makes it great for spooning.
- Uses sound-based technology to help you relax.
- Can be controlled via the designated app
- Will be released on the market in 2019.
- A bit pricey.
#4. Smart Nora Anti-Snoring Device
- Dimensions: 10 x 4.5 x 7 inches
- Weight: 5.8 pounds
If you have ever had (or have) a snoring partner that falls asleep before you do, chances are snoring can keep you up at night. Thankfully, devices like Smart Nora can help you solve this particular problem. Thanks to a sensor and an inflated pillow insert, Smart Nora will detect the sounds made by ones snoring and adjust the pillow’s height to prevent it from happening. By gently moving the pillow, the device stimulates the throat muscles to make it easier for the snorer to breathe normally. What’s even better is that the Smart Nora isn’t conditioned by your sleeping position and will work just fine if you sleep on the back, side or slide to the edge of the pillow.
- Great customer support.
- Works regardless of your favorite sleeping position.
- Fits snuggly under any pillow.
- Comes with a 30-night trial.
- May not work properly if you use a sound machine.
#5. Air Quality Monitor
- Dimensions: 6.3 x 2 x 3.5 inches
- Weight: 1 pound
If you were ever skeptical about the quality of your indoor air, Awair seems to be the gadget that can always tell you with precision just what you’re inhaling and how you can improve the air quality inside your home. What this monitor does is to measure the quantity of five main factors that are found inside a home: fine dust, temperature, humidity, CO2 and chemicals. Aside from these leading to several respiratory diseases, they can affect your overall mood when they exceed the normal limit. By using the Awair app, you can track all this information and use it to improve the air quality inside your home. Due to its beautiful design and compact size, it should fit on any nightstand. It is compatible with smart products like Alexa or Amazon Echo and, by using the information given, you can take measure towards a better night’s sleep and a healthier air inside your home.
- Gives you an overall score by measuring the five elements that contribute to the air’s quality.
- App provides personalized recommendations based on stats and preferences.
- Design and size fit snugly into your home’s environment.
- Compatible with most smart home devices.
- The dust sensor isn’t very reliable.
#6. ReST Bed™
- Dimensions: 80 x 60 x 10 inches (for the Queen size)
- Weight: 140 pounds (for the Queen size)
Twin XL, Queen, Eastern King, Split King, Cal King, and Split Cal King. These are the available sizes for the ReST Bed™ smart mattress. With a price tag like this, this truly must be one of the best pressure relief mattresses out there and we’re here to confirm that. The construction of the mattress is divided into five different body zones, as to provide support for your legs, hips, back, shoulders and head. The firmness changes according to your personal preferences, in real time. Thanks to the designated app, you can control the level of support provided by the ReST Bed™ for each of the aforementioned zones. The sensor that’s hidden within the mattress can monitor of to 2,000 pressure points, to become customized to your own body’s needs.
The cover of the mattress can easily be removed and washed, which saves you a lot of trouble with having to clean the product. Underneath the top cover lies a 3-inch layer of gel memory foam, for coolness and support. Then, you have a 1-inch layer of foam that transitions between the gel layer and the 5.5-inch layer of dynamic air layer placed at the bottom of the mattress. This final layer is the one responsible for alleviating pressure in the five key zones we mentioned earlier. Depending on your personal preferences, the smart pump hidden inside the mattress will automatically adjust the firmness.
- Made from durable Lycra material.
- Sensor is hidden inside the mattress, causes no discomfort.
- Pump automatically adjusts the firmness level depending on your needs.
- Gather information about your sleeping habits.
- Each of the components can be individually replaced.
- Very expensive.
The Bottom Line
There is no telling what the next developments in mattress technology will be since we never really anticipated that we’d be here in the first place. But in order to avoid getting sucked in by all the delicious mattress-related offers, you need to ask yourself: what does my ideal mattress look like? If you’re often experiencing sore limbs and back pains when you wake up, you need a mattress with a firmness level that can support your body’s needs. Maybe an adjustable bed will do the trick. It surely does it for people who need to recover from injuries and accidents.
Or maybe you’re the kind of person who feels cold all the time. Fortunately, there is the mattress that can conveniently heat up parts of your body, like your feet, in which case you’ll never have to have cold feet again (see what I did there?). You could suffer from allergies, in which case an organic mattress would be the wisest choice. There are so many newly-released mattresses that blend organic materials like wool, cotton or bamboo, which are eco-friendly and hypoallergenic. From integrated sensors that track your sleeping habits and generate statistics to a mattress with self-elevation technologies that can prevent people from snoring, there’s no telling where the mattress industry will be 10 years from now.