what is a smart bed?
A smart bed is simply a bed that utilizes sensors and other smart electrical and electronics technologies to gather data on how you are sleeping. It thus, uses this information to self-adjust and improve your sleep.
A few smart beds also deliver your sleep information to your smartphone, where it can report how well you are sleeping and give tips on how to sleep better.
Other smart beds don’t necessarily focus on improving your sleep, but it focuses on creating a more enjoyable experience for you while in bed. For instance, one might be in a smart bed with a built-in TV or alarm. Another might offer smart bedsheets to modify to temperature changes in the night, or feature built-in network connectivity to merge with your home automation devices.
As promising as this electrical and electronics device sounds, the industry is still in its infancy, that is, there’s no clear-cut narrative as to what a smart bed should or shouldn’t do. Whether or not a smart bed works for you is simply a matter of doing research to see which smart bed frame, pillow, sheet set, etc., suits you the best.
Smart Bed Technology
With a wide variety of beds considered “smart,” there isn’t a full list of smart bed features that include all of the products on the market. However, Some examples of the features that can be included in the bed are listed below
- Sleep Tracking: One of the most distinguishing aspects of a smart bed’s mattress, as opposed to a regular one, is to monitor how you are moving while sleeping. The smart mattress tracks a variety of information such as respiration, heartbeat, sleep restfulness, when using a single sheet of “smart fabric” or several sensors spread throughout the bed and pressure to determine how to offer you the most comfortable night rest.
- Temperature Control: some smart beds sometimes come with an integrated built-in thermostat, which allows you or the bed, if it is automatically set, to regulate the temperature of the mattress while you are sleeping.
- Air Chambers: Inflated air tubes inside the smart mattress comes packed with pressure sensors that allow it to adjust to your body posture while you sleep. These air tubes can also be controlled remotely through the smart bed’s own app.
- App Integration: A few smart beds connect seamlessly to the Internet of Things to control your other smart home items, including virtual assistants, thermostats, smart lights, TVs, and coffee makers, letting you control all these different devices without ever getting up.
- Position Control: A smart bed with position control for the mattress includes two entirely separate zones that can be adjusted irrespective of the other. This means that one person could use the app or remote to physically move the smart mattress, such as the head or leg area, while the other side can remain flat.
- Self-Making: A self-making bed can arrange the bedding automatically, although less common than other smart bed functions. At least one iteration of this technology makes it work through the use of metal rails connected to sheets to stretch and smooth them over the mattress.
Popular Smart Beds to Choose From
Here are a few examples of smart beds:
- Sleep Number 360°: This smart bed allows you to pick how firm each side of the bed should be and can pre-warm the bed before you get in. While you’re sleeping, it senses how you are shifting around and automatically adjusts to keep you comfortable. Your SleepIQ score is sent to your phone every morning so that you could see how well you slept, and it includes personalized suggestions on how to sleep better.
- ReST Smart Bed: it has supports manual, with targeted configurations for five areas of your body: head, shoulders, lumbar, hips, and legs. The bed has a memory chip that keeps information about how you want to be comfortable and will adjust while you are sleeping to always be sure that your pre-chosen comfort level is met.
- Eight Smart Bed: This smart bed from Eight Sleep tracks over 15 factors related to your sleep and indicates them on your phone. It also features split temperature control and could wake you up when you’re in light sleep. If you have a smart home, this bed can as well trigger other things to happen when you sleep or wake up, such as turn off the lights or start the coffee. The same company offers The Pod.
- HiCan: HiCan’s offering redefines the entire bedroom experience with a full-featured sleeping pod, unlike other smart beds which are really just smart mattresses. This includes a 4K projector with HDMI ports, dimmable reading lights, ambient lights, a sound system, and privacy blinds. It’s like walking into the future of urban homes.
- Ohea: A bed that makes itself? That’s indeed what you get with this type of smart bed.
Do You Need a Smart Bed?
A normal mattress or a semi-smart one that can be adjusted with a remote, is probably enough for most people. However, you might have the money and a particular reason to get one.
If you want to mimic a smart bed, you could get some of the features of one from a variety of sources. For instance, there are sleep apps that can help you sleep or monitor your movements while on bed, heated blankets to control temperature, relatively inexpensive projectors you can beam to the foot of your bed, smart lamps, and wake-up lights/alarms.
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