A new bed that uses sensors to prevent snoring

Credit: Sleep Number.

Snoring can disrupt the sleep habits of those that suffer from it, and also cause problems for others that may need to listen to it. It is a legitimate health concern, and several devices exist to eliminate it. Most are quite rudimentary in functioning, but a new smart bed released at the Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show (one of the largest tech fairs in the world) leverages cutting edge technology to help snoring. Upon detection of snoring, it shifts composition to move the “snorer”, which usually stops the breathing process of snoring. This works by moving a pillow, which changes the sleeper’s breathing and allows for less congested respiration.

The device, the 360 Smart Bed from Sleep Number, can also provide data on sleep patterns, function as an alarm to wake the user at the best time. It also provides sensor-based feet warming, and its sleep tracking data can be viewed on the companion app. Sleep tech is undergoing a revolution, and there are dozens of smart solutions now available to allow users to optimize their sleeping time. Sales of these devices are expected to take off in the near future.

The Consumer Electronics Show is debuting its first section dedicated to sleep technology. Products in this section include smart lights tuned to circadian patterns, alarms that slowly get louder, and trackers that provide detailed sleep pattern analysis.

One innovation being showcased is the Nightingale, which masks disturbing noise with pleasant sounds. Another is a device that tracks the users increased breathing rate and tries to relax the user into breathing easier with vibrations.

There is also a rise in interest for health tech, and many devices catering to this demand. One such device provides data on contractions to pregnant women, and another is a bracelet that tells women when they are most likely to be able to conceive.

There are 55 enterprises from the UK at the event. The UK Minister for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, is also in attendance. In the UK, sub-optimal sleep affects 50% of the population, who get at least 2 hours less than the recommended 8 hours per night. This statistic comes from the Sleep Council, who say this situation can lead to serious performance and health deficiencies. The number of those lacking sufficient amounts of sleep has been increasing in the last decade. Gartner research suggests that 16% of the population in Britain has a fitness or health tracking device, but user retention is difficult for the makers of these devices since users often don’t get much value from them and stop using them after the initial post-purchase period.

More information can be found at: Sleep Number.

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