Sleep Tracking Benefits
A smart bed (or smart mattress), comes with a technology that will track your sleep, and will provide you with the data you need for improving its quality. Tracking your sleep will allow you to find out the ideal number of hours of sleep specifically for you. This will help lead to better overall health since the right amount of sleep is crucial to functioning at the best of our skills.
The very first thing a smart mattress will do for you is to track your sleep seamlessly, thus eliminating the need to wear a uncomfortable bracelet to bed or even sleep with your phone.
Then, you’ll discover how you sleep by automatically tracking data such as time asleep, bedtime, wake-up time, toss and turns, sleep breaks, heart rate, respiratory rate, light vs. deep sleep, bed temperature, and room temperature.
A smart bed will collect such sleep data without you having to do anything. And to access your data, you simply open an app and discover your personal sleep information in the form of a report on your phone.
A truly smart mattress will adjust the temperature of your (queen or king) bed on each side before you even get into bed, will detect when you are in light sleep to wake you up, and will connect with other smart devices in your home (e.g. smart coffeemaker) to make life easier for you.
When connected with an app, your smart mattress can also sense what stage of sleep you are in (light vs. deep vs. REM) and wake you up during your lightest stage within half-an-hour of your set alarm. Such integrations help lead to a smoother sleep experience overall.
Personalizing sleep is the next big step in sleep improvement. In reality, we all have different sleeping needs. A truly smart mattress will tell you when your sleep improves or not, so you can rest well and awake in a healthy mood. Through viewing your sleep nightly data on an app, you’ll be able to figure out how certain activities may impair sleep and ultimately helping you to sleep smarter.
Another important feature includes measurement of REM sleep. REM is different from deep sleep. Essentially, REM is for the brain and deep sleep is for the body.
REM is one of the main stages of sleep. It stands for Rapid-Eye Movement because it’s characterized by distinctive eye movements during sleep while the eyes are shut. Majority of your vivid dreaming happens during REM.
Why is REM so important?
REM exists to encode memory, especially procedural memory, the kind that helps us to know how to do things, as well as creative problem solving and motor skills. REM sleep is also associated with maintaining important neural pathways and learning new information.
What does that mean for you?
REM is the sleep stage associated with the feeling of refreshment the moment you wake up after a good night’s sleep. During a full night of uninterrupted sleep, our brains have an opportunity to do some deep cleaning to remove neurotoxins.
What’s a good REM percentage?
Normally REM should make up about 20 to 25 percent of your nightly sleep. As you get older, the percentage of your REM sleep decreases down to around 15%.