Yes, there’s a (sleep) app for that, too!

Just when you thought you had this new sleep technology trend figured out…


Sleep Number 360 bed activates many sleep tracking features

In this blog’s recent exploration of the recent boom in personal sleep technology, we ran across a lot of items that we’d never known existed… or old-school items related to sleep that have since been remade with technological features.

Who knew mattresses and pillows would become a competitor in the field of health technology?

Sleep apnea is something that’s typically monitored through the use of a positive airway pressure delivery system such as CPAP. However, some apps are being developed to help identify and diagnose underlying cases of the sleep breathing disorder.

  • The Algemeiner (Jan 11) reports that Israeli researchers are in the process of developing a smartphone app to actually diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, which could be as accurate as home sleep apnea tests currently are in identifying the presence of the condition. According to Sleep Review (Jan 18), “Researchers have tested the new speech and breathing sound analysis systems on more than 350 subjects, along with PSG, in laboratory and at-home settings. They were able to reliably evaluate sleep quality parameters such as sleep-wake activity, snoring severity and OSA using this system.”

Fitness wearables have given birth to new generations of sleep wearables which have also given birth to a whole new category of health-related wearables that can assist in tracking other medical concerns.

Sleep technology has also been extended into interesting applications focused on dreaming.

Parents can now use sleep technology to track their childrens’ bedtime to waketime activities, as well.

New sleep technology has also been tested for help in identifying drowsy drivers while they are behind the wheel.

And who knew a sleep app could become part of crucial evidence in a sexual assault case? The Daily Echo reports this was the case in a criminal trial in the UK they reported on last July. The victim’s (unnamed) sleep app, which is designed to monitor and record snoring and sleep-talking, automatically began recording the sounds created by the assailant, according to reports from prosecutor Eloise Marshall. “It’s plain from the recordings that at the time the sexual assaults are taking place he’s hurting her, she doesn’t want him to carry out those acts,” she said.

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