The Mattress of the Future Is Here—and It Wants to Help You Sleep Better

Hallie Gould
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Sleep is very important me, and I'm sure most of you can relate. I work long hours, go to industry events after hours, and try my very best to maintain a social life in between. All of that adds up to less sleep than I'd like and certainly fewer hours than every doctor suggests. To keep my life (seemingly) together, I tend to spend my weekends lounging, napping, and repeating that same cycle all over again. Because, according to Jordan Stern, MD, of BlueSleep, "Hundreds of medical studies confirm the beneficial effects of napping for your overall health and well-being. Try to keep it under 20 minutes and at least five hours before bedtime."

Another variable, however, is adding another body into the mix. When it comes to bed companions, "loud, continual snoring is not just annoying; it is frequently associated with sleep apnea, a killer disease that affects up to 30% of the adult population," says Stern. I rarely have trouble falling asleep—unless there's someone else in bed with me. This is something I've dealt with for as long as I've had sleepovers. But I didn't think there was any real solution. I accepted that if I slept next to someone else, I could essentially kiss a good night's sleep goodbye. Cut to an interesting pitch I found floating in my inbox about a mattress that can regulate not only your sleep patterns but those of your S.O. as well. As a happily single woman, gathering data on a permanent partner isn't particularly applicable, but I wondered: What about someone new? Essentially, this app can tell you if you and the person you're sharing your bed with are compatible—when it comes to sleep patterns at least. And if not, perhaps it's worth it to move on in favor of someone for the sake of more restful nights.

Eight, a company that focuses on sleep technology, spent two years developing the first Eight Sleep Tracker. It's a sensor layer that fits over any mattress and instantly turns your bed into a smart bed. You can use it in conjunction with the Eight Smart Mattress (which I did) or you can put it over your current mattress. It's connected to a Wi-Fi–enabled pod that tracks your sleeping patterns and adjusts accordingly. Eight has two sets of controls—one for you and one for a partner. The technology layer of the Smart Mattress tracks your sleep, changes the temperature of the bed, and wakes you up at the right time every morning.

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