A bed that measures your breathing, heart rate and sleep patterns

This post brought to you by Sleep Number. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Surf and Sunshine.

Today, most of us are actively tracking something. Whether it’s our wireless data, energy consumption, fuel expenditure or most recently popular, our fitness. In fact, 43% of us track exercise, 41% of us track diet and another 16% track their sleep – and the results aren’t awesome.

According to a recent Sleep Number® survey, Americans are getting an average of only 6.7 hours of sleep, which is well below the recommended 8 hours, and some are getting less than 4 hours a night!

Sadly, I’m in the crowd that all too frequently gets less than 4 hours a night, but thankfully, most night’s I’m able to squeeze in 6-7 hours. Still not ideal, so what gives? 

My sleep apnea probably has something to do with it. So does that fact that I basically live on caffeine.

Did I mention I’m also a mom? I’m sure many of us can relate to one or all of those things and would give just about anything to get a full 8 hours of solid, restful sleep, right?

Perhaps if we tracked our sleep as closely as we tracked the number of steps we take each day, we might be resting a little better. With Sleep Number’s SleepIQ® technology you can track your sleep and just about everything else too.

On a recent visit to my local Sleep Number Store (find your local Sleep Number store), I had the chance to get comfy on their beds and find my perfect Sleep Number. 

It turns out my sleep number is a 10 – what can I say? I like to sleep on a fluffy bed of clouds. sleep numberThe representative helping me out was actually amazed at how soft I liked my mattress. But for me, it’s all about hip pressure.

My hips frequently ache at night and I like as little as pressure on them as possible. Thanks to the SleepIQ® I was actually able to see how the difference between 100 and 10 affected the various pressure points on my body. 

But more than just giving you a number, the Sleep Number Sleep IQ® technology uses sensors that work directly with advanced DualAir™ technology inside the Sleep Number bed.

It measures average breathing rate, average heart rate, movement and bed presence to show you the quality of your sleep with nothing to wear, nothing to turn on.


And if that isn’t enough, the SleepIQ® activity tracker actually takes it a step beyond that. Sleep is influenced by so much more than just your bed.

You can also input things like your daily caffeine intake, diet, exercise, television viewing, media usage and medications.

The idea here is to use this knowledge to identify trends and make changes over time. For instance, if I have a soda anytime after 3pm it affects my sleep each night.

I also have a harder time falling asleep if I’m on my laptop in bed right before hand. These patterns start to appear after just a month using SleepIQ®.

What’s keeping you up at night that would make you want a Sleep Number bed? 

Learn more about SleepIQ® technology and how it’s available with all Sleep Number beds. You find a store near you with the Sleep Number store locator

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31 thoughts on “A bed that measures your breathing, heart rate and sleep patterns”

  1. What a cool concept! It makes sense to have something you spend so much time with/on that it does something that helps you.

    • Glad you’re a fan, Caitlin! We thought it made sense too and we’re excited to see how our owners are improving their sleep with the new technology. Feel free to stop by next time you’re in the area and see it for yourself.

  2. My Fitbit helps me track my sleep, you won’t believe how many times j roll over or am constantly moving all night long, I think it’s because I have pretty bad shoulder pain and its bothersome at night. Fine during the day, but at night ugh. I like sleep trackers, maybe they can help identify a problem you can see a doctor about.

    • We’d love to tell you all about it, Liz! Just let us know if we can help you find a local store to drop by and learn more.

    • Thanks Robin! Stop by anytime; we’d love to show you around and help you find a bed that’s perfect for you. Just let us know if we can help find a store in your area you can visit.

  3. Now if someone could explain to my cat that I need more then 4 hours of sleep at a clip—oh she lets me take naps during the day–but 4 hours is the max I am allowed to sleep at any one time!! I wonder if I read her this study she would reconsider –somehow I doubt it!!

  4. Sleep number beds are so great! And now they can help track your sleeping patterns, too! That’s just what a sleep-deprived person like myself needs!

  5. It’s amazing and scary all the things that we can track niw. I’d like a better nights sleep so maybe I should look into this

    • We hope you have a chance to come learn more soon, Anne. It’s a lot easier to figure out how to start sleeping better once you have an idea how you’re sleeping right now.

  6. I have really been interested in testing one of these beds out to see if it helps the back pain and insomnia I suffer from. I just used the locator and found out there is a store not that far from me that I didn’t know about.

    • We hope you have a chance to stop by soon, Becka! Let us know if there’s anything we can help you with in the meantime.

  7. I have always wanted a sleep number. Always been a bit out of our price range sadly, but one day! They are amazing beds!

    • Thanks Jeanine! We hope you have a chance to get one someday soon. Let us know if you have any questions we can help with in the meantime.

  8. We have had a sleep number bed for a couple years and we love it. They have a lot of fancy features now. I think it might be time to upgrade.

  9. My cats are keeping me up lately, but I have to say I’ve always slept about 4 or 5 hours a night and feel happy about that. I want the time to be quality sleeping, though, and it sounds like Sleep Number takes everything into consideration to make sure that will happen. It’s nearly time for a new bed, so I’ll check it out.

    • We’ll look forward to meeting you, Ora! Just let us know if there’s anything we can help you with before you stop by your local store.

  10. That is crazy to think a bed could monitor all that. We really need a new bed. Ours is old and uncomfortable now.


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