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New Sleep Number bed wants to take the weary out of your rest (hands-on)

The it mattress from Sleep Number uses sensors to track your biometrics while you sleep. The product's API can connect to other apps to gain a more holistic view of what's keep you up at night.

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A good mattress can work wonders on the quality of your sleep. But can it change the way you live once you wake up?

Sleep Number's latest mattress, called it (their lowercase, not mine), is loaded with sensors that track your heart rate, breathing patterns and nocturnal movement to gather information and use an accompanying app to suggest changes for better sleep. The it mattress was on display in January 2016 at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, and it finally goes onsale beginning September 19 at

The it, which will cost $1,099 for a queen (AU$1,390 or £680, converted), is similar to the last Sleep Number mattress we saw at CES 2015, the Sleep Number x12. Both versions incorporate the company's adjustable system that lets you control your mattress's firmness. Each mattress also uses the company's SleepIQ technology to learn more about your sleep patterns.

The big draw of this mattress, though, is its API, which can connect with and gather information from other apps to learn what parts of your daily life are impacting the quality of your sleep. The it's current partners include Apple Health, Fitbit, MapMyRun, Microsoft Health, Withings Health Mate and Nest.

The goal is to use the information from other apps to gain a more holistic view of your life and all the things that affect how well you sleep, said Pete Bils, the vice president of sleep science and research at Sleep Number. Sleep Number says its SleepIQ algorithm can pull information on your health, fitness and environment and make recommendations such as, "Your SleepIQ score is best on days you're active" and "Your SleepIQ score is better when your room temperature is between 66-68 degrees."

"All of those things come into play and impact your sleep," Bils said.

Fortunately, users will be able to choose which apps they want to connect with the it, a comforting thought considering that your mattress already knows a lot about you.


  • Available in six standard sizes
  • The SleepIQ API and predictive modeling will be available anyone who already uses the SleepIQ sleepers as a software update in 2016
  • Made of dual, foam-filled air chambers that can gather sleep information for both you and your partner

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