Sweet dreams with IoT

Cascajo Sastre María    3 January, 2019

The development of Internet of Things has changed our society and multiple sectors like Industry, Retail, construction or mobility in cities among others.

This technology makes life easier for people in many areas; one of them is comfort and rest. IoT helps us sleep better and, consequently, lead a fuller and more balanced life.

For example, Including IoT in the furniture and clothes we use at bedtime: from pillows to mattresses and even masks. All with the aim of making sure that the hours of sleep are of the highest possible quality and help us to rest, even if we do not sleep for too long.

IoT helps us sleep better

The first of these is the ZEEQ smart pillow, which monitors sleep to help us rest better. ZEEQ works connected to a smartphone and has eight built-in speakers with which you can play relaxing music at low volume to help you fall asleep.

This device is able to detect snoring and vibrate when they happen to make us change position. Also, it has an alarm-clock and built in sensors that detect our movements and the different sleep cycles we go through during the night. With this information it emits slow frequency waves modulated around the person: of less intensity during the REM phase of deep sleep and of greater intensity during the minutes prior to the time of getting up to facilitate the awakening of our brain.

All statistics generated on our sleep (duration, interruptions, snoring, different phases) are sent to the smartphones, providing a complete and precise analysis of our sleep patterns. If necessary the data can be provided to the appropriate medical personnel so they can implement whatever measures and / or treatments are necessary.

All statistics generated on our sleep are sent to the smartphones, providing a complete  analysis

The revolution IoT in the area of ​​rest does not end with the pillows. As mentioned before, there are other connective products that help us sleep better like the mattress SmartPick, which works integrated with a bracelet, a smartphone and a set of sensors that measure aspects such as the cardiac frequency or the temperature of the room, total hours of sleep and interruptions.

The great change that this mattress brought was that it incorporated the use of data to improve sleep routine and its quality, such as reflecting whether the user has woken up even if he is not conscious indicating it on the screen or if his sleep schedules are not adequate. It added the coach mode to provide new utilities like weekly challenges to encourage users to improve those routines.

Another product is Sleep Number 360 a smart bed that can change its position at night or synchronize with a thermostat to regulate the temperature of the room. In the same way, you can optimize the temperature of the foot area to avoid excessive cold. It also has a smart alarm that awakens the user in the phase of light sleep that is closest to getting up.

The application of IoT to the improvement of sleep includes sleeping masks. There are models of intelligent eyewear on the market that transmit to the smartphone the data collected by their sensors during sleep for your analysis.

The quality of sleep is a fundamental factor of our daily lives. The deficit of it has a negative impact on our health (increasing the chances of suffering stress or diseases such as obesity) and on labor productivity.

Hence the importance of IoT applications that improve the quality of sleep and facilitate rest. The development of this technology during the next few years will continue to be fundamental in improving our quality of life.

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