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Eight Sleep is one of the most innovative mattress companies I have come across. They are constantly pushing the envelope to develop technology that gives you better sleep with quantifiable results. The Eight Sleep mattress is still one of the best mattresses you can buy for temperature regulation and overall comfort. The newly launched, Eight Sleep Pod Pro takes things to another level altogether. You get the same cooling and heating features as the original Eight Sleep Pod but you also get features you won’t find anywhere else such as heart rate variability monitoring, gentle vibration wakeup and sensors that monitor indoor temperature and outdoor weather to anticipate how to keep comfortable before you even know you are going to be uncomfortable!
Overview of the Eight Sleep Pod Pro
The Eight Sleep Pod Pro will arrive in a box just like most online mattress brands. This is a contactless delivery so you don’t need to be present to sign anything. Since it’s in a box, it’s easy to get into your bedroom. Depending on the size mattress you choose, you may need someone to help you carry it but getting it around tight spaces is easy.
Construction of the Eight Sleep Pod Pro
The Eight Sleep Pod Pro consists of five layers of CertiPUR-US®-certified foam for the ideal medium firmness and contouring support. Encased in a premium and breathable cover. It measures 12 inches deep. This mattress was designed to work with the integrated topper which housed most of the technology. If you were to lay on the mattress without the topper it would feel too soft. Eight Sleep put a lot of testing into creating a feel that will appeal to the vast majority of sleepers.
Comfort Blend™ Integrated Topper
● The thermoregulating layer of the Pod, the Active Grid, has been redesigned to incorporate a premium
Comfort Blend™ foam topper for enhanced contouring and pressure-point relief, without sacrificing its
dynamic heating and cooling performance.
DualSense™ Technology and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Monitoring
● With double the sensors than the Pod, the Pod Pro strengthens sleep and biometric tracking beyond its
● The sensor upgrade unlocks a new Heart Rate Variability metric (HRV) that allows customers to
understand the impact of sleep on their heart health and recovery. HRV variations can help users track
their health and anticipate illness or fatigue if they see significant drops in this metric.
● The Pod Pro is the first mattress to enable constant monitoring of HRV, alongside other biometrics like
Resting Heart Rate, Respiratory Rate, Sleep Stages, and Sleep Time.
What Sets the Eight Sleep Pod Pro Apart from the original Eight Sleep Pod?
The Pod Pro introduces new ambient sensors, measuring room temperature, humidity, and local
weather to react intelligently. As the sleeping environment changes, the Pod will recommend adjustments to the bed temperature, to
keep every individual comfortable all through the night.
You also get what the call, “Daily Health Check”. This Utilizes the new sensing capabilities of the Pod Pro. Users can access a Daily Health Check in the Eight Sleep app which can be downloaded for free from the Play or App store. The report comes in addition to the Daily Sleep Fitness Report, and includes the analysis of Respiratory Rate, Resting Heart Rate, and Heart Rate Variability, all key indicators of your physical wellness. This technology alone would set you back a few hundred dollars. What I like about this is that it is a passive way to collect all the data, you simply go to be and the mattress will do all the work!
GentleRise™ Wake Up Technology
This is the first alarm of its kind, it uses gentle vibration at chest level to wake up each individual without any
sound, while gradually cooling or warming the bed minutes before the set wake-up time—ensuring no
disruption to a partner’s sleep. Say goodbye to loud alarm clocks. I sometimes use my Nest thermostat to warm up the house as I wake up but this is a much less expensive way to achieve the same result, plus I can warm my side without warming my partner’s side.
Thermal Powered Water Technology
Eight Sleep’s thermal powered technology uses water rather than cooling gels or foams to heat and
cool the surface temperature of the bed to as cool as 55 degrees and as hot as 110 degrees. Eventually, you will find what level is cool enough for you. The Eight Sleep app will guide you through an onboarding that asks questions about yourself and suggests a level of cooling to start with. The dual-zone temperature regulation allows users to set their side of the bed to their unique optimal sleeping temperature without disturbing their partner. This is the biggest complaint I hear outside of firmness is that one partner sleeps hot and another too cool. This completely eliminates that problem. Among the many benefits associated with sleeping cool, research suggests that it can help you sleep
deeper, longer, and with fewer interruptions. Eight Sleep members enjoying temperature regulation on average fall asleep 7% faster, toss and turn 15% less per night, and experience 13% fewer wake-ups in the middle of the night.
The Eight Sleep Pro works by running conditioned water through the Hub’s hydro-engines to the Active grid. The active grid is a series of tubes inside the cover where the water flows through. You will need to refill with water every 2-3 months, preferably with distilled water to keep it clean. As with the original Eight Sleep Pod, I was shocked at how quiet the motor is compared to the competition.
Smart home integrations
The Pod can also be the center of your connected home, with the ability to integrate with any other wifi enabled device. Make your sleep routines more seamless with connections to your Alexa, GoogleHome, Philips Hue lights or your Wemo coffee maker, to name a few. You can really get creative here and the possibilities will only expand as more gadgets in our home get connected to the cloud. All these integrations are easily managed in the Eight Sleep app through IFTTT, an IoT platform. You can build “recipes” that will enable certain triggers such as, “Turn on your Hue lights when alarm goes off”, “Turn on bed warming if room gets too cold in Night Mode”, “Start brewing coffee when snoozing”.
My Eight Sleep Pod Pro Recommendation
If sleeping too cool or too hot is a major concern and it’s time to upgrade your mattress, there’s no question that you should try the Eight Sleep Pod Pro. You won’t find this technology anywhere else. As I’ve said before, Eight Sleep is like the Peleton of mattresses. Yes, you may find an exercise bike cheaper but you won’t find all this technology baked into the mattress that integrates so seamlessly. Best of all you get free delivery a 100-night trial to see if you really like it and a free return if you decide it’s not right for you. The biggest complaint I hear about foam mattresses is that they sleep too hot. Despite all the claims about phase change technology and cooling covers, they really can only do so much and the effect is temporary. Eight Sleep is the only company to address this issue head-on and get it right.