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Smart bed designed to help you sleep better

Around the world people are not getting enough sleep, in terms of number of hours sleep and the overall quality of sleep. Data suggests that this problem is growing. There are various reasons for this, including working hours and the difficulty in switching off from screen-based technology. There are downsides of not getting sufficient sleep upon cognition, the immune system and the impact upon personal relationships.

Quality sleep is not only about the number of hours asleep, there are other factors. According to Sleep Cycle, sleep quality is assessed by:

1. Amount of time spent in bed.
2. Amount of time spent in deep sleep.
3. Consistency of the sleep.
4. Amount of times where the app registered you as fully awake.

And it is the combination of these four factors that accounts for overall sleep quality. This modern condition has led some, such as Bryte Las, to invest in new technologies designed to enhance sleep.

The BRYTE bed has been built so it combines the findings from sleep science research with artificial intelligence to help users to improve their sleep patterns and quality of sleep. To achieve this, the company has sought to take an everyday object – the bed – and attempted to transform it through the addition of digital technologies. The design process is based on
software, big data, and artificial intelligence.

Bryte are a startup company seeking to harness new technologies. The company is Angel-funded (Series A fundraising). Central to the smart bed concept is AIDEN, which is an artificial intelligence, cloud-based personal sleep concierge. The system provides the bed owner with a service that is designed to prepare the bed and room environment to aid people in falling asleep faster.

The technology can also awaken people with an energy using temperature, high-resolution body support, temperature, and light system. The AIDEN technology also anonymously compares each person’s data with that of a larger population collected from Bryte’s other smart beds for further improvements to the process.

Bryte have used Professor Matthew Walker to help to develop the smart bed. Professor Walker’s research focuses on the impact of sleep on human health and disease. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science; where he looks at the impact of sleep on human health and disease, including the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and disease populations.

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Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, business, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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