Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Eight Sleep expands features on health-monitoring bed

Steve Rogerson
May 19, 2020

Sleep fitness company Eight Sleep has expanded its IoT-based health-monitoring bed with the Pod Pro, which has double the number of sensors to enable features such as heart-rate variability monitoring.
The bed provides a personalised sleep experience for better health. It retains vital features of the original Pod, but introducing room climate and weather response and gentle wake-up technology, plus a daily health check report.
"As a pioneer of the sleep fitness category, we are committed to innovation and creating products that deliver science-backed results." said Matteo Franceschetti, co-founder and CEO of New York-based Eight Sleep, and a former competitive athlete. "With the Pod Pro, we are unlocking the best in seamless health monitoring by delivering new biometric readings to inform each user at the granular level of their true sleep needs, while also leveraging these data to create the most optimal temperature environment to enhance sleep quality."
The Pod Pro introduces 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.
The thermoregulation 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.
The Active Grid continues to provide dynamic heating and cooling between 13 and 43˚C on each side of the bed, which has proven to influence positively the quality of sleep. Those 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.
With double the sensors, the Pod Pro strengthens sleep and biometric tracking beyond its original capabilities. The sensor upgrade unlocks a heart-rate variability (HRV) metric that allows users 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 mattress enables constant monitoring of HRV, alongside other biometrics such as resting heart rate, respiratory rate, sleep stages and sleep time.
These data capabilities were developed with the backing of clinical research partnerships with Mount Sinai and UCSF. A comparative analysis shows Eight Sleep's heart-rate tracking is within one heartbeat per minute of medical-grade ECG reports.
Using the sensing capabilities, users can access a daily health check in the Eight Sleep app. 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 physical wellness.
It uses gentle vibration at chest level to wake 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. Set and controlled from the Eight Sleep app, GentleRise was among the top features requested by users in the past year.
Following the success of the original Pod, Eight Sleep has built a devoted user base of business leaders, technology titans, venture capitalists, high-performing athletes and working professionals looking to lead healthier lives. Among the brand's most vocal fans are Danny Green from LA Lakers, Jarvis Landry of Cleveland Browns, Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and Kristy Kowal, Olympic fencer Daryl Homer, Cassius Marsh from Jacksonville Jaguars, Mitchell Robinson of NY Knicks, Katie Boren from the American Ballet Theatre, and Matthew Dellavedova of Cleveland Cavaliers.
"The most impressive new technologies enabling high-quality sleep are the products developed by Eight Sleep," said Craig Heller, Stanford University biology professor and member of Eight Sleep's scientific advisory board.
Founded in New York in 2014, Eight Sleep leverages thermoregulation, data and technology to design products to restore individuals to their peak energy levels every morning. The company has raised $65m from investors including Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Y Combinator, Craft Ventures and 8VC.