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The advent of web and mobile technology and its pervasive use in all industries is certainly showing its medal in the sleep industry. The recent announcement from Kingsdown and the Sleep Smart Sleep System is certainly evidence of that. The Sleep Smart System is a bed that monitors movement, adjusts support to alleviate pain areas, tracks sleep patterns and offers physiological alarm settings. It is a product that is almost part smart bed and part sleep lab. It is a technology that seems to good to be true. Is the technology really that simple? What does this technology mean to the consumer and the sleep industry?
Technology is never as simple as it seems to the user, as there are often years of research and development behind new technology. In the bedding industry, the research that goes into building a smart mattress is no different. Today, there are beds where you can adjust firmness or the pressure on large surface areas of a bed. However, when mattress technology allows for the ability to measure movements and gain critical understanding into sleep habits, this not only impacts the comfort and support a mattress provides, but also offers real insight into potential long-term health issues. That is a pretty exciting proposition for consumers and bedding manufacturers alike. Consumers benefit from improving the quality of sleep and manufacturers, like Kingsdown, can better comprehend how to use the technology to bring more advanced mattress systems to the market.
There is no doubt the impact technology is having on mattresses and other sleep products. The active technology that the Sleep Smart system offers provides critical data about sleep that can, in fact, alert us to other potential sleep conditions or problems. While it certainly does not provide the level of detail one would get from being sleep tested in a laboratory setting, it does make us wonder how far mattress technology can take us. When you add into the equation a mattress that responds to your body, interaction with sleep experts, and individualized sleep equipment recommendations, that all are a result from real-time data collected in the home, we see a future mattress industry that is certainly producing some dreamy possibilities. Will technology replace the sleep lab? We are not there yet, but who knows what lies ahead. This much is for sure, technology is making for a better nights sleep across the bedding industry.