What you need to know about Sleep IQ

Sleep is crucial to our well-being. For decades, research—such as this article from the National Institutes of Health—has shown that a healthy lifestyle depends on getting enough quality shut-eye. Sleep (or lack thereof) can impact everything from weight gain to mood regulation to general brain health. A chronic lack of sleep can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disorders or worse.

To help people reach their maximum sleep potential, Sleep Number pioneered a new innovation called SleepIQ® technology.

What is SleepIQ technology?

SleepIQ is a patented technology that works in conjunction with Sleep Number® mattresses to track sleep quality. It tracks the sleeper’s heartbeat, movement and breathing patterns to determine the length and quality of your sleep. Over time SleepIQ can recognize patterns, provide tips to help you sleep better, and each morning it gives you a SleepIQ® score—a numerical “grade” for how well you’ve slept. The best part: There’s nothing to do, nothing to wear. All you have to do is sleep.

How can it help?

According to internal SleepIQ data, most SleepIQ users get between 7 and 9 hours of restful sleep each night. Adequate sleep may be helpful in reducing risk for disorders like heart disease and stroke, the NIH notes.

But the benefits don’t end there. Getting an adequate amount of restful sleep may improve your daily life. Here’s how:

  1. Fewer cravings.

    People who are sleep-deprived tend to consume more calories per day than well-rested folks. Sleep deprivation also causes people to crave high-calorie carbohydrates like pizza and doughnuts, according to a study from the University of California at Berkeley. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that people who are chronically sleep-deprived have a higher likelihood of being overweight or obese.

  2. Less burnout.

    Sleep does more than just help you feel rested: People who get at least 8 hours of sleep every night tend to have better reflexes, improved fine motor skills and extended endurance, according to WebMD. No wonder athletes try to get plenty of sleep before the big game!

  3. Less grump.

    According to research out of Boston University, sleep boosts a chemical called serotonin, which is responsible for keeping you alert and regulating your emotions. If you’re feeling grumpy or unusually sad, a lack of serotonin—and possibly a lack of sleep—might be the culprit.

  4. Less crazy.

    Ever wonder why you lose your keys and forget important phone numbers when you don’t get enough sleep? People who are sleep deprived tend to be more frazzled, forgetful, and have a harder time completing simple tasks. If you’ve got a big presentation or a test coming up, schedule some quality sleep the night before. It might improve your game.

Learn more about how SleepIQ technology can help you get better sleep for better days.