When I walked into the store and first had a conversation with the salesperson over at the Sleep Number store I was very skeptical about tracking my sleep patterns. Our friends over at Sleep Number gave me an opportunity once again to try out the SleepIQ Technology by upgrading my current Sleep Number bed. I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy the Sleep Number bed and it is definitely an investment worth making. You can check out my earlier review of the Sleep Number bed.
With the SleepIQ technology it’s an upgrade to an already fabulous product and here are the major reasons why:
- Helps keep track of your day to day sleep patterns for better overall health
- Helps in my time management and morning routines
- Contributes in my goal to make healthier lifestyle choices
- Helps me learn more about myself for a more restful sleep
The purpose of tracking your sleep
Upon entering the store I was skeptical. What exactly is the purpose for tracking your sleep? I dug a little and did some research with the National Sleep Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to improving health and well being through sleep education an advocacy. They are a great source of information on how you are impacted by sleep. While I knew that I needed 8 hours of sleep I didn’t know why and transitioning from college student who studied all the time, to young adult that was up all night to a mom that was up at night nursing these sleep changes and lack of sleep are detrimental to my health. Now that I’m in my mid 30’s, I value sleep even if I feel like I need more of it. The National Sleep Foundation’s latest 2015 poll cited “pain is a key factor in the gap between the amount of sleep Americans say they need and the amount they’re getting – an average 42 minute sleep debt for those with chronic pain and 14 minutes for those who’ve suffered from acute pain in the past week. “ That is just one factor that impacts sleep, the other factors also include stress and poor health according to the National Sleep Foundation. With that in mind I decided to make sleep a priority for not just myself but also my children because it’s an important part of our night time and morning routines. This impacts our ability to function during the day – kids in school and me at work. It’s also part of something I am adding to the blog in regards to better Time Management for single parents.
Sleep Number Study
Sleep Number did their own commissioned study and found out that many of us are not getting enough sleep. The study showed that:
- Participants averaged 6.7 hours of sleep per night
- Almost two-thirds (63%) bring electronic devices to bed
- Fifty-eight percent wish they knew how to get better sleep, yet only 16 percent have tried tracking (compared to 41 percent who track exercise and 43 percent who track diet)
I am guilty of all of these things. When I tracked my sleep, I see I’m in bed for awhile but I can say a good hour or two is spent on an electronic device.
How Sleep IQ Works and how it helps?
This new technology works on new and existing Sleep Number beds. If you have a bed already like I did, you have to set up a profile online and then schedule an appointment for a technician to come out and set it up. The set-up also includes setting up the app on your Apple or Android Device. The installation is quick where the technician just has to synch the bed to the app and it took less than 20 minutes. I just logged into the app and I got an array of online features and a dashboard that begins to track your sleep daily in terms of how much of a restful sleep you got, when were you restless and when did you get out of bed.
What do you see?
The dashboard that you can check on your phone, tablet or by logging in shows you how many hours you were in bed and the amount of hours you had a restful sleep, restless sleep and out of bed. You can also track activities you did that day to see if it impacted your sleep. I also just added a partner’s sleep number because if you have a partner you can also see how that impacts your sleep. In addition to the number of hours of sleep type, it gives you a score. There is no bad SleepIQ number. You can also track your average heart rate.
Some of the things I liked was using this system with my devices. It was easy and to use and very understandable. The SleepIQ kept me more in tune with changes in my overall health. For a person like me that already uses personal fitness devices to track heart rate, steps and calories burned just having this makes sense. Since I also track the food I eat it is only natural to add this to your overall routine. I thought the monthly view was great to see overall what your sleep patterns look like. I can tell on weekends, I’m still not getting restful sleep even if I sleep in.
Areas of Opportunity
I wish there was a way to get this to track with all of my fitness and activity tracking instead of me having to create a new activity. Let’s say I know I already walked 12,000 steps that day or consumed a certain amount of Weight Watchers Points then it would be easy to keep track all in one place.
If you are upgrading your existing bed the cost is just $499.99. If you are purchasing a new bed with the system it starts off at $1099.98.
Where you can purchase the Item?
Related Items and Accessories – None of the links below are affiliate links
I have actually purchased extra items and accessories at the Sleep Number store over time that enhances my experience with the bed. A few things I have purchased over the years include:
The Classic Sheet Sets – They are 250 TC sateen. They have an elastic helping you make the bed every time so that the sheets don’t come off on the corners. It’s called the Logic™ Label system. the SmartFit™ features a complete elastic surround and elastic bands at each corner to keep fitted sheets firmly in place. Exclusive adjustable elastic corner seams ensure a secure fit on any thickness mattress up to 18 inches.
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