Medgadget Reviews the Sleep Number i10 360 Smart Bed

Ten years ago, Sleep Number gave Medgadget the chance to try out their advanced beds. As you’ve likely seen in numerous TV commercials and in retail stores, Sleep Number beds are known for their adjustable firmness, which is achieved by changing the air pressure in their mattresses. We had enjoyed sleeping on the bed but found that finding our optimal sleep count wasn’t quick and easy, mainly because we weren’t having any sleep issues at the time.

Much has changed in the last ten years. Sleep Number not only changed its name from Select Comfort in 2017, but in 2015 it acquired BAM Labs, a Silicon Valley startup that developed biometric sleep sensors and surveillance technology. Since taking over BAM, they have integrated BAM’s “Sleep IQ” sensor technology into their mattresses and turned them into fully-fledged intelligent beds. They then started investing heavily in clinical sleep research.

Recently offered sleep number Medgadget an opportunity to see what has changed in their high-tech mattresses and share some of their research, especially regarding COVID-19. We received a Sleep Number i10 360 Smart Bed that comes with the latest features that we were really looking forward to.

The Sleep Count Experience, 10 Years Later

Despite technological advances over the past ten years, a Sleep Number bed is in many ways the same as our predecessor. Granted, the bed looks more modern with material that has evolved to allow for better passive temperature regulation. And the Sleep IQ smart sensing technology is hidden somewhere in the mattress. But it’s still essentially an air-filled mattress regulated by an electronic air compressor. All of our previous observations, from the “new mattress smell” to slipping off the edge of the mattress as we rolled closer, were still there, but these were only minor inconveniences.

The most significant change compared to our previous model is the integration of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi into the mattress and the subsequent replacement of the wireless remote controls with a SleepIQ smartphone app, which both controls the bed and provides sleep values. Even so, it seems that wireless remote control is still available if a smartphone app isn’t an option for you. You will of course lose most of the smart features.

Get your best sleep

In our previous review, we shared that the hardest part of the experience was finding our optimal sleep count. Fortunately, the integration of Sleep IQ with the latest Sleep Number beds makes that process easier.

The first way to find your optimal sleep count is to find a “Favorite Sleep Number” through the app. However, this method is a mostly subjective, guided “goldilocks” process in which the bed is inflated and deflated and you choose your optimal setting based on your body feeling. While this method may work for some users, the bed felt pretty good to us at most of the settings. we were lucky enough to have had only a few pains in the last ten years!

Given the same difficulty we had in getting our sleep count ten years ago, we put the bed’s sleep IQ sensor technology to the test to help us. We have had more success with our calculated SleepIQ Score (discussed in the next section) to find our optimal sleep count. After a few nights in one setting, we systematically switched to another setting and compared our sleep values ​​until we found the highest one that was also subjectively pleasant to our body. While it may take a few more weeks to find your optimal setting, the Sleep IQ app will at least help you determine whether a firmer or softer setting will improve your sleep.

To sleep well

Let’s talk more about the SleepIQ app as this is the most significant change from our Sleep Number experience a decade ago. It’s a one-stop shop for everything to do with bed and sleep.

As mentioned earlier, the app controls your desired sleep number setting and guides you through finding your optimal sleep number. If you have one of the higher quality Sleep Number beds or an adjustable FlexFit base, you can also use the app to control functions such as an integrated foot warmer, head and foot inclination levels and under-bed lighting. These settings can be grouped and saved as “bedtime routines” to help make your sleep more consistent.

A new feature that Sleep Number has added to all of their current beds is Responsive Air. Responsive Air recognizes your body when you first go to bed and measures the pressure once an hour and will inflate or deflate easily when it senses changes in air pressure due to temperature and / or your sleeping position. It’s a subtle adjustment that we heard and felt a few minutes after going to bed, and while we can’t quite tell that it worked, it didn’t affect our sleep.

The SleepIQ app works well as a bed remote control. The design and layout of the app is clean and intuitive to use. The only scenario where an app-based remote control might not work as well is when you have guests using the bed. In the event this happened to us, we had to install the app on an old iPod Touch to allow our guests to enjoy the bed to the fullest.

As already mentioned, the SleepIQ app can also use the bed’s sensors to calculate a composite “SleepIQ score” of 5-100. This sleep score is calculated from various factors, such as B. Time to fall asleep, restless / restful phases and total sleep time. It also takes into account some biometric data like heart rate, heart rate variability, and breathing rate. While these readings are impressive, it’s worth noting that this technology, known as ballistocardiography, has been around for many years and is found in far less expensive devices like the now-discontinued Beddit sleep tracker and Withings sleep tracking mat. But Sleep Number integrates all the data nicely into the app, pointing out the importance of each individual biometric to your sleep and overall health.

The app also does a great job of tracking sleep trends and offering personalized advice on improving your sleep (which of course can include adjusting your sleep number bed). When you first set up the app, you have the option to fill out multiple questionnaires for more personalized insights. These findings are displayed throughout the app and in the automatically generated monthly “HealthIQ Wellness Report”. However, we did not see exactly how our reactions affected these sleep insights; Most of the tips were pretty general in our opinion.

Our biggest annoyance with the bed’s sleep tracking feature is that it has been tracked and assessed almost every time we lay on the bed. There were several occasions where we would lay on the bed while emailing or watching a movie and the app recorded a very, very short power nap with a lot of exercise and then a low sleep IQ. While these sessions can be easily deleted and sleep tracking can be turned on and off entirely, we believe the ability to set a threshold could reduce the number of false sleep sessions the bed is recording.

One final note about the app: While your sleep health data can be integrated with Apple Health, MapMyFitness and Fitbit, the remote control function cannot connect to Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Apple HomeKit. In his bestseller Why we sleep, Author Matthew Walker describes a smart bedroom that adjusts ambient settings such as temperature and light levels to optimize a person’s sleep quality. We believe that a Sleep Number bed could be the perfect device for monitoring sleep status and then dynamically adjusting a smart thermostat, lightbulb, or sound generator via a smart home platform to help a person sleep better and to make the sleep experience complete -circle. We are curious to see if Sleep Number can integrate this into a future version of their app.

Count more than sheep

With the inclusion of Sleep IQ technology, we were also curious to see if Sleep Number had any plans to use the bed data for clinical purposes. Sleep Number gives users the opportunity to contribute their sleep data for research purposes, and we learned that scientists presented some research posters with data from Sleep Number beds at the SLEEP 2021 annual meeting earlier this year.

We spoke to Rajasi Mills, VP of Sleep IQ Health, to learn more about the results. The first study she shared looked at heart rate variability (HRV) data collected from the beds. HRV is a biomarker that can be found in many of the devices we’ve covered Medgadget and is an indicator of various physical and mental health conditions, as people with a high HRV have better cardiovascular fitness and are more adaptable to stress. The researchers analyzed data from 18.2 million sleep sessions from 379,225 Sleep Number beds and found significant associations between HRV and age, gender, and even day of the week. For example, they found that HRV decreased at a rate of about 2.1 milliseconds per year until age 50, and decreased until about 65. The data also indicated that HRV was generally highest on weekends and was lowest in the middle of the week, which gives this editor more reason for longer weekends.

Graphic from the research study “Heart rate variability overnight depends on age, gender and day of the week: Field observation with a Smart Bed Platform” shows the HRV over two weeks.

The second study was very timely as it presented data on the effects of COVID-19 on sleep. Mills said data from 1,725 ​​Sleep Number bed users (122 COVID-positive and 1603 COVID-negative) confirmed what we only knew anecdotally about the disease – while leading to increases in sleep duration, average breathing rate, and average heart rate , also leads to a deterioration in the quality of sleep. While the results did not result in a cure for COVID, they did demonstrate the ability to discreetly and non-invasively collect longitudinal clinical-grade data while sleeping. Mills said the company is researching the use of Sleep-IQ technology to detect symptoms of illnesses like the flu, SARS, and even the common cold.


In conclusion to our test ten years ago, we asked ourselves whether such an expensive bed is worth it. Let’s face it: Sleep Number beds aren’t cheap. Our bed configuration for the mattress only was $ 4,599. Even with Sleep IQ built in, you should first consider other solutions to monitor and improve your sleep. But we felt that the beds have improved a lot: the materials and looks are more modern and advanced, and the additional electronics make it as close as possible to a smart bed. We just wish it could be integrated with smart home systems; With so many lights, sounds, and other factors all over our house keeping us awake these days, a fully smart bedroom might be just what we need to get the best night we’ve ever had. After all, your overall health depends on it!

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