The mattress, the pillow, the angles. Everything has to be right for anyone who cherishes his sleep or snooze time. But so often, an idea, a bug, worries, relationships, sickness, or mere mysterious biological changes in our bodies keep us awake or at best lead to restless slumber.
AI wants to change all that, and get you all the zzzs you need.
Sleeping is big business
The global mattress market is anticipated to be worth $43.5 billion, while the sleep aid market is expected to reach $80 billion annually by 2022.
Scientists are working on sleep disorder breakthroughs with the help of machine learning and Big Data technologies. A full night of restful sleep might happen because of a computer, and not sheep counting, sleeping pills, or other artificial and chemical practices.
Philips’ annual global sleep survey “The Global Pursuit of Better Sleep Health” reported that people across the globe are seeking ways to improve sleep, with 69% of global adults saying they previously or currently read ahead of bedtime, watching television (69%), listening to soothing music (67%), and implementing a set bedtime/wake time (57%).
Survey respondents indicated that their sleep is most impacted by worry/stress (54%), sleep environment (40%), and work or school schedule (37%). 37% reported experiencing insomnia and 10% suffer from sleep apnea.
Why is that important, besides productivity issues the next day? Not getting enough sleep increases our risk of diseases including obesity and diabetes. Sleeplessness also can also trigger mental illnesses, including depression, ADHD, anxiety disorders, and even suicide.
Sleep industry waking up to AI
Mattress manufacturers are leveraging algorithms of artificial intelligence for determining design and structure flaws, evaluation of effectiveness in the material used, etcetera.
With the help of AI, companies are manufacturing wearable devices to help control snoring, teeth grinding, other disorders to bring on peaceful sleep to millions of people who can’t get proper shut-eye.
The AI Trackbot include autonomous recognition of individual body shape and sleep position, calculating optimal support for each part of the body and autonomous adjustment of height and firmness for changing positions.
Smart sleep aids
The last three years have seen an explosion of other types of tech gadgets like sleep trackers, apps, lights, and noisemakers designed to help people to fall asleep more easily and stay asleep longer. More recently, the trend has shifted toward low-tech products like weighted blankets, temperature-regulating duvets, and pillows with built-in hoods to block out light and keep the sleeper’s head warm.