Recently updated on July 9th, 2017 at 06:17 pm
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Eight Sleep has a mattress pad that will automatically track your sleep when you get into bed. This sleep tracker is the most advanced sleep tracker I have reviewed. It not only senses motion but will also track temperature and breathing. It can even warm up your bed ahead of time and integrates with other IOT (internet of things) devices.
The mattress cover comes in a very nice box with a magnetic closing lid.
The packaging is exquisite. It’s similar to opening a well wrapped gift. I love tech so this makes it extra fun.
You can also wash the cover by unzipping the top. This makes it super easy to clean since you don’t have to tuck tin in each time you wash it.
Connecting the cover is easy. It’s as simple as putting the mattress cover on the bed and then plugging in the adapter into an outlet and then to the side of the cover. There’s instructions inside that walk you through the whole process.
Here’s what it looks like setup on my bed. Note that the plugin needs to go on the upper left corner of the mattress where you see the circle.
The cover connects to power via the plug below. It plugs into the side panel so that it won’t interfere with your sleep surface.
Once everything is connected, you can then download the Eight Sleep app for your iphone or android device. Once the app is installed you then connect to the network signal that the mattress cover broadcasts and connect it to your home wireless network. The advantage of this over bluetooth is that now you can control your mattress cover anywhere you have an internet connection.
One of the coolest features is that this mattress cover integrates with the If This Then That site. This site let’s you create programs for many of your smart devices. An example would be you can tell your Nest thermostat to turn down the heat when your smart mattress detects you getting into bed. Someday I want it to turn on my coffee maker as soon as I get out of bed. I have a Philips Hue smart light bulb for my nightstand lamp. I could tell the lamp to turn off when I get into bed or turn on when I get out of bed. There are thousands of possibilities because of the internet integration.
Here’s a screen shot of the app interface from my iphone. It’s important to note that the sleep tracking will not be very accurate at first. That’s because the app needs time to learn about your general sleeping patterns. It will be able to detect if you are just sitting in bed reading or watching tv vs. actually trying to sleep.
The Eight Mattress Cover also allows 2 people to track their sleep simultaneously. So, both you and your spouse can get accurate sleep feedback without ever having to remember to log anything or turn on your device before going to bed. The mattress cover also can heat either side individually providing personalized comfort. I enjoyed being able to turn on my mattress pad as I drive home late at night knowing I will be able to crawl into a nice warm cozy bed.
I think the app will score your sleep lower than it actually is at first since it is still learning.
Another feature is the ability to set an alarm. For instance you can have the mattress gradually warm up to gently wake you. It sure beats a loud alarm clock.
When you pull up your nightly sleep score, you will get more detailed information such as heart rate, temperature and number of tosses and turns. This is more sophisticated than many wearable devices and best of all you don’t have to sleep with a watch on. The Eight Sleep system will continue to be refined and add features which makes it very exciting. I never had a bed before that you can literally upgrade via wifi.
The Eight Sleep System is a great way to get some objective data on how you sleep. Once it is setup, it is effortless. While the mattress itself should appeal to most sleepers, there isn’t a one size fits all mattress. You can certainly find softer and firmer mattresses but if you are looking to upgrade to a memory foam mattress and are enticed by the idea of sleep tracking, this is an excellent choice.