High-Tech Luxe Beds Know How You're Sleeping (And Snoring)

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Stellé’s Dux bed with Alexa speaker

Stellé’s Dux bed with Alexa speaker

A high-tech bedroom used to mean a rotating or vibrating bed (or both), strobe or not-too-subtle colored lighting, and perhaps Barry White sensually crooning from in-wall speakers. But at least three bed makers — Sleep Number, Magniflex and Duxiana — are integrating smart technologies into their mattresses and box springs to aid REM rather than ribaldry.

For instance, Sleep Number has integrated its sensing SleepIQ technology, which measures more than 8.5 billion full-body biometric data points every night, into all of its adjustable beds. SleepIQ measures a variety of somnolent data, including movement, breathing rates, heartbeat, and sleep habits, and automatically adjusts the bed's firmness to deliver a higher-quality siesta, all tracked on the SleepIQ app.

If someone is snoring on his or her back, for example, their partner can simply raise the snorers' side of the bed to hopefully relieve these noisy symptoms. And to replace a heart-attack-inducing buzzing, a Sleep Number bed instead sounds an alarm when it detects dreamers have drifted into their lightest stage of slumber during their desired wake-up time window.

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At the top of the Sleep Number SleepIQ line is its limited-edition 360 iLE smart bed with FlexFit 3 ($7,248 for California king), which allows for nearly infinite customized positioning and firmness on either side of the bed, under-bed lighting for late-night foray guidance, and foot warming.

Sleep Number's 360 iLE smart bed with FlexFit 3

Sleep Number's 360 iLE smart bed with FlexFit 3

Automatically detecting and alleviating snoring is also one of the attributes of Magniflex's Smartech beds (queen: $16,999, king: $19,999). Like the Sleep Number, Smartech automatically recognizes when a sleeper is snoring, shifts the bed position until the snoring stops, then returns to its original position. 

More broadly, Magniflex' integrated sleep system technology records and analyzes dormant data including hours slept, average heart rates and fluctuations throughout the night, average respiratory frequency, bedroom brightness and noise level, wake up times, and more, all of which is displayed either on the Smartech smartphone app or on the Smartech website.

The Smartech bed itself includes both a high-tech mattress and base. Included is a removable topper with memory foam, gel foam or latex inserts so both snoozers get a choice. Smartech's split adjustable base offers includes one-button preset positions to optimize muscular tension, improve leg blood circulation in the legs, or for reading, along with three "soft" wake up settings, including an option to have the mattress slowly raise a sleeper's head and provide a massage while a customizable LED gradually illuminates from the bottom.

Magniflex's Smartech bed

Magniflex's Smartech bed

For years, the Duxiana folks have stressed its beds' advanced comfort levels sans tilts or bends. But this summer, the luxury Swedish bed maker has partnered with audio expert Stellé to create the Dux bed with Alexa speaker "discreetly mounted to the underside of the bed" ($4,950 for king, also available in queen and California king). 

The Dux app creates "a bedtime concierge that handles everything from dimming the lights and guiding your evening meditation, to changing the temperature for ideal sleeping conditions consumers," according to the company.

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