You can now ask Alexa how well you slept. This week at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas—where two areas of the showroom floor are dedicated to health and fitness tech—Finnish tech company Nokia Health unveiled Nokia Sleep, a bed sensor that tracks everything from sleep duration to how many times you wake up in the middle of the night and even how often you snore.
How it works: The WiFi-enabled smart sensor slides under your mattress at chest level, and while you snooze, it gets to work tracking sleep stages (deep, light, and REM phases), heart rate, breathing rate, and how long it takes you get up in the morning.
Working via 10 pressure variations across dimensions, “it basically turns any mattress into a smart mattress,” Amelie Caudron, product manager at Nokia told usat CES.
Once you’re up, the data syncs to Nokia’s Health Mate app, which spits out a “sleep score.” This provides a general understanding of how restorative your night’s sleep was. But don’t worry, the takeaway isn’t just numbers: “We really don’t want to just limit ourselves to giving data and not explaining everything,” says Caudron.
The “sleep score” is built on six parameters: sleep duration, depth (the amount of time you spent in restorative), regularity of bed and rise time, interruptions in sleep, the time it took you to fall asleep, and the time it takes you to get off. So you’ll get explanations and advice in each area—then you can try to improve where necessary. For example, maybe you’re getting enough sleep duration but one night you’re going to bed at 2 a.m. and the next night 9 p.m.; there’s your issue.
There’s also an educational asset: Nokia connects sensor owners who need some tips to an eight-week course on improving your sleep. Another way the gadget helps you big time? Because the sensor integrates with IFTTT, a free method of connecting multiple apps and devices, it can simplify pre-bed necessities like shutting off the lights or turning down the temp (a cooler room means a better night’s sleep). Once it’s set up to work hand-in-hand with your smart home, simply getting into bed could dim the lights and lower the thermostat. Streamlining and automatic other factors that have to do with sleep can help you focus on what truly matters: your sleep quality, the company hopes.
Plus, Nokia Sleep will work through Amazon’s Alexa, so you don’t have to sit with your face in an app to understand your sleep. You can just shout out questions like, Alexa, how well did I sleep?
Nokia Sleep is expected to be released in early 2018 and will sell for $99.95.
Additional reporting by Jordyn Taylor
Source: Men’s Health