With our culture's emphasis of always being on the go and "doing something," sleep is often seen as expendable. However, we're quickly learning that sleep is actually incredibly important, not only for how well we work, but our long-term health.
That's why the market is flooding with apps and gadgets that track how you sleep and make suggestions to help you get the amount you need. In the future, you might not need a stand-alone sleep-tracking gadget. Everything you need will be built right into your mattress, and that future is now if you're willing to pay for it.
I'm sure you've seen commercials for Sleep Number mattresses. These mattresses let you continually adjust how hard or soft the mattress is to get the perfect sleeping experience. They can even have dual zones so you and your significant other can each tailor the bed to your preference.
Now, Sleep Number has gone a step further with SleepIQ. The mattress includes sensors that track your breathing rate, heart rate and movements. You can then pull up your sleep statistics on the companion app to see how long you slept and how well.
There's also a journal function to keep track of your diet, exercise and more that could be impacting your sleep. For those with a partner in bed, SleepIQ can track their sleep as well and even figure out how your sleep patterns affect each other.
Naturally, any new mattress is going to be a serious financial commitment, and SleepIQ is no exception, starting at $999.98 for a queen mattress. That's a lot, but if you're looking to replace your mattress anyway, you might give it some thought.