In a lifetime, we spend a third of our time sleeping, which is not negligible! Considering the time we spend in our bed, and the importance of the quality of sleep for our health, having a good mattress is of course the basis. Today we find very “technical” mattresses, great progress having been made in this field, such as memory foam to fit the body well, heat dissipation, etc. The trend is also towards the return of natural materials, such as cotton or coconut fiber . These natural materials indeed help to sleep better, bringing a more serene side, and avoiding any artificial substance, which can sometimes disturb sleep. The same goes for sheets, duvets, etc.
But having a good bed is not always enough. Suddenly, in recent years, many smart health connected objects have emerged, allowing us to study our sleep, to improve it, or even detect certain problems, such as sleep apnea in particular.
What you will learn
Smart health connected objects for sleep
Sevenhugs hugOne Sleep Tracking System
- hugOne by Sevenhugs helps your family sleep better. Its tiny sensors track your entire family’s sleep, and the hugOne app provides personalized advice daily.
- Works with Alexa and Amazon Echo - hugOne monitors temperature, humidity, and indoor air quality for a healthier home.
- The smart alarm clock learns your sleep cycle and wakes you at the best moment. Connect hugOne to your smart bulbs to help you fall asleep naturally, and wake up with light.
Smart health connected watches
The best-known smart health connected objects for sleep are undoubtedly sports bracelets, as well as smart health connected watches. Almost all of the models on the market today, in addition to tracking physical activity (walking, jogging, etc.), also offer a sleep tracking function.
Be careful, however, there are big differences between the models. Thus, the “entry-level” models are simply based on tracking your movements at night. We must of course wear the bracelet at night, and it records the slightest movement of our body. An algorithm then deduces our phases of deep and light sleep.
The most successful models are also capable of monitoring the heart rate as well as the level of oxygen in the blood, like the Withings ScanWatch for example, which is undoubtedly one of the most successful models, having received medical certification. . Thanks to these various analyzes, the ScanWatch is of course able to monitoring the quality of sleep (light and deep sleep phases), but also to detect a possible problem of sleep apnea. It is indeed a problem which affects more and more people, and which is difficult to detect by oneself. The only signs that may lead one to ask the question: if your nights seem relatively good to you, but in the morning you are still tired in spite of everything, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. In this case, do not hesitate to consult a specialist. The ScanWatch will not correct this problem, but can help detect it if you are in doubt.
Sensors to be placed under the bed
Withings is not at its first attempt on sleep, since the manufacturer, specializing in smart health connected objects for health, had already released the Withings Aura a few years ago, a sensor that looks like a strip to be placed between the box spring and the mattress, smart health connected to a device to be placed on the bedside table, acting as a morning alarm clock. The sensor placed under the mattress follows different physiological parameters: movements, heart rate, and breathing. The device placed on the nightstand then analyzes this data to make a sleep diagnosis. It is also able to wake us up during a phase of light sleep, aided by soft sounds and a brightness that mimics the sunrise. The body thus wakes up naturally, which makes it possible to be fresh and available as soon as we wake up, unlike an alarm clock which suddenly wakes us from a deep sleep with a sudden loud ringing: p
Sleep Analyzer is an evolution, less expensive, but offering a more precise follow-up, the technology having evolved since AUra.
Withings Sleep Tracking Pad Under The Mattress With Sleep Cycle Analysis
Smart health connected bands
More surprisingly, Urgo Night is a smart health connected headband to put on the head, which aims to help us relearn how to sleep. This solution assumes that sleep tracking is interesting, but can sometimes be anxiety-provoking and therefore do more harm than good. Here, the solution offers short brain exercises aimed at regaining our energy in the long term, to correct insomnia problems at the source.
Rest assured, it is not a matter of sleeping with such a helmet on your head: it is designed to perform exercises during the day. 20 minutes is enough. Like a nap, except that the exercises performed condition the brain to sleep better at night.
URGOnight Headband – Portable Sleep Training Program, One Size Fits All
Muse is another smart health connected headband, which uses EEG technology. This reacts to your mind, your heart and your breathing. The headband thus detects signals from the brain and helps you understand and track your level of concentration, sleep and recovery, so you can focus during the day and recover each night.
MUSE 2: The Brain Sensing Headband
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- MUSE IS YOUR PERSONAL MEDITATION ASSISTANT: Stop guessing if you’re doing it right. Muse 2 makes meditation easy by giving you real-time feedback on your mind & body to help you recognize calm and stay in the zone.
- FIND CALM & STAY FOCUSED: Research has shown that meditation with Muse helps relieve stress, improve relaxation, and mental performance.
- SOUNDSCAPE MEDITATION EXPERIENCES: Immersive soundscapes respond in real-time to your brain activity, heart rate, body movements & breathing, cueing you to find mind-body connection. This feedback guides your wandering mind to a focused and calm state.
MUSE S: The Brain Sensing Headband
1 used from $249.99
- YOUR PERSONAL MEDITATION & SLEEP ASSISTANT: Improve your meditation practice and sleep hygiene with real-time feedback on your mind & body. Muse S monitors your Mind, Heart, Body & Breath just like Muse 2, and features Sleep Tracking & Journeys
- MINDFUL MORNINGS & RESTFUL NIGHTS: Imagine starting your day with unwavering focus and ending with blissful, restorative sleep. Extended 10-hour battery life allows you to seamlessly go from daytime Meditation & Mindfulness to bedtime with Sleep Journeys & Overnight Tracking
Smart health connected mattresses
Rather than adding smart health connected objects all around you, what if the bedding was directly smart health connected? This is possible via a smart health connected pillow, or even directly the smart health connected mattress!
The smart health connected pillow has sensors directly inside the padding, totally imperceptible, which analyze sleep. Some models also analyze surrounding sounds during the night, in order to understand if certain noises can be the cause of unwanted awakenings.. Some models also sometimes offer an intelligent alarm, to wake you up at the best time (in the light sleep phase).
Recently, a mattress manufacturer also launched its smart mattress: the Emma Motion, designed to continuously adapt to movements and changes in position. Throughout the night, this mattress, guided by artificial intelligence, adapts to the position of the body to provide more comfort and foolproof support. The manufacturer describes it as “the Smart Bed that works while you rest.” This mattress incorporates more than 350 sensors, capable of analyzing heart rate, duration of sleep, temperature, blood pressure, blood pressure, frequency of movements, etc. All this information is fed back to a mobile application allowing you to consult it.
Technology Silent Move IQ, an intelligent air-based system, then makes it possible to compress and decompress the foams silently and discreetly, according to the information collected by the sensors. The mattress thus adapts to the sleeper’s position without any noise, for optimal alignment of the spine.
At the same time, the technology Diamond Degree uses millions of small graphite particles, located at the top of the mattress. This thermal conductivity technology makes it possible to analyze the body heat of the sleeper to regulate the mattress accordingly.
An impressive technology, but which still has a significant cost, since this mattress is close to $4000 .
Emma, however, is not the only manufacturer to have launched a smart health connected mattress. We can find for example the “360 Smart Bed”, from Sleep Number, which aims to reduce snoring. Equipped with several biometric sensors capable of detecting snoring, this mattress is able to raise itself automatically in order to free the airways of the sleeper.
Sleep is a real social problem, and the last CES we were able to attend prove it: companies having set themselves the mission of improving the quality of sleep thanks to new technologies have multiplied in recent years, so much so that ‘we are talking about “Sleep Tech”.
Be careful, however: if they help, technological solutions that really allow you to sleep better are still very expensive. Usually, it suffices to find a few healthy habits for better sleep:
- Do not eat too much fat or too sweet in the evening, to avoid digestive problems at night
- Create a sleeping environment conducive to rest and relaxation: a dark, quiet, pleasant bedroom (not too bulky furniture, pastel-colored walls, which do not irritate)
- Adopt an evening ritual conducive to relaxation, in order to put your brain in condition before going to sleep: gentle activities (writing, reading, painting, music), no screen (avoid the famous blue light from smartphones, televisions, tablets, computers)
- You can also practice breathing, sophrology, and relaxation exercises, make yourself an infusion with calming plants (verbena, chamomile), or even use soothing essential oils (such as lavender)
All this in addition to good bedding, of course .