Sometimes, we see cool tech that isn’t practical for very many people. Well, a lot of the time. So, it’s always nice to see tech that everyone could use. As we’ve been made well aware over the years (sleep trackers!), not even a good night’s rest is clear from the reach of connected tech. And hey, if the result is the Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed, we’re not complaining.
Sleep Number has always been known for their adjustable mattresses, which can be tilted and bent to put you in the perfect position to drift off to sleep. Even better, they made mattresses with two halves that could be adjusted independently for couples, and this was a long time ago. In other words, Sleep Number knows a lot about sleep, and now they’re showing they know a lot about tech.
The 360 Smart Bed builds on one of those adjustable mattresses, and it’s a combination of a few sleep technologies Sleep Number has been working on. The first is Sleep IQ, Sleep Number’s sleep tracking system that they introduced in 2014 on their X12 smart bed. Sleep IQ uses sensors within the mattress to track heart rate, breathing, motion, and sleep onset to give you a sleep score in the morning. Of course, it tells you more than whether or not you’re bad at sleeping — the companion app will help you change habits to get better sleep. It can also help make waking up a little easier, sounding your morning alarm when you’re in the lightest part of your sleep cycle (as long as it’s within a certain range of when your alarm is set).
The 360 Smart Bed has that, but it’s a bit more proactive. Sleep Number has also added ResponsiveAir technology, which will make tiny adjustments to the mattress during the night without you having to do anything. If you tend to roll around from front to side to back trying to get comfortable, the bed will adjust its density automatically. So, if you’re on your side, the bed will let you sink a little into the mattress, but will firm up more if you’re on your back.
Oh, but it gets way better. Cold feet? The bed can automatically heat the bottom of the bed to warm your feet up, which Sleep Number says helps get you to sleep faster. And, those doomed to sleep with snorers are protected in the best way — the bed can detect when someone is snoring and immediately do something about it (no, it won’t slap them awake). If they’re sleeping on their back, their side of the mattress will raise their head up to improve airflow, preserving their victim’s ears and sanity.
Sleep Number has added some clever uses for their sensors, too. If the bed senses that you’ve had to get up in the middle of the night (say, to go to the bathroom), gentle LEDs on the base will light up to help you see where you’re going.
The app can be used to manually adjust or turn off any of these features, or to make preset favorites if you know exactly what you want when you sleep in a certain position (or if you want a preset just for reading or watching TV). And, as introduced last year, the app can also be used to link your bed to other fitness apps, so you can get all of your wellness stats in one place. It won’t work with smart home systems like Alexa, but it can be used with Nest or IFTTT — if you’re really skilled with the latter, you can make it work with Alexa in a roundabout way.
Sleep Number plans to roll out the 360 Smart Bed during the first half of the year. They’ll build it with mattresses of all sorts, including foam, with price depending on the base and the feature set. The cheapest option will leave off zone heating and snoring detection, while the middle option adds zone heating. Naturally, only on the most expensive option can you get snoring detection. Exact pricing isn’t yet known.