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​Unlocking the Future: AI Advancements in Sleep

Posted by Julie Carter on 5th Feb 2024

​Unlocking the Future: AI Advancements in Sleep

AI has taken center stage in our ever-evolving world, helping us do everything from unlocking our phones with our own reflection to mapping our next ride to resolving customer service issues. But can AI help us sleep? For the 70 million Americans who don't get enough shut-eye, it would be nice if Chat GPT could cast a magic spell and help us get a solid 8 hours of deep sleep each night. Farfetched as this sounds, there is hope that AI is on its way to solving our sleep problems. The transformative collaboration of artificial intelligence (AI) and sleep medicine is beginning to reshape how we comprehend and enhance our sleep. The developing capabilities may not only help us all rest more easily but could potentially help predict other diseases before a doctor ever could. Let's take a look at the current state of AI in sleep medicine and the exciting possibilities that lie ahead.

Current Applications of AI in Sleep Medicine

AI has already been at work in the field of sleep and is readily accessible for those who want to dive in. Here are a few intriguing examples:

AI Pillows

AI-enabled pillows claim to help reduce snoring and improve sleep. When the pillow recognizes snoring, it intervenes by adjusting the pillow loft and moving the position of a sleeper's head. It reduces snoring and the negative impacts of sleep apnea.

The Anti-Snore Smart Pillow by Nora improves your sleep by pairing it with an app and using a remote control to move your head comfortably before you fall asleep. According to an internal clinical study, the company says its pillow can reduce snoring by up to 89%.

It may be too soon to claim victory over sleep issues with AI pillows, but it's always a good time to invest in the best pillows on the market. Our 3-in-1 Adjustable Pillow remains a popular favorite that adapts to any sleep position.

Sleep Tracking Apps and Devices

Fitbit, Apple Watch, and Oura Rings have heralded a revolution in sleep tracking. AI algorithms augment these devices, providing personalized and accurate insights into sleep stages and patterns. Analyzing your sleep trends can help you optimize your sleep, improve your environment, and enhance your behavior.

Smart Home Devices

Many homes can now easily adjust conditions for optimal sleep—lights dimming, temperature adjusting—tailored to individual sleep needs. Voice assistants like Alexa and Google Home are leading this integration of AI and data to help create the perfect sleep environment.

AI Mattresses

AI Mattresses and Smart beds use sensors to track and analyze sleep behavior and needs. By monitoring heart rate, temperature, body movement, sleep duration, noise, light, and snoring, they can auto-adjust temperature, firmness, and the height of your head or feet, these mattresses to help optimize your sleep.

AI Bed Sheets

You guessed it – bed sheets are also equipped with AI to enhance your health and sleep. They were developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to remotely monitor isolated patients' health. Remote monitoring helps track patients' health by measuring various readings related to vitals, such as body temperature, blood oxygen saturation, and heart rate. They are best paired with a mattress pad and a feather bed to add luxury hotel bedding to your personal safety.

The future of AI and Sleep Medicine

In the not-so-distant future, AI may be responsible for curing sleep debt, eradicating sleep disorders, and conquering other (non-sleep related) conditions. This potential to transform our sleep health is partly due to advances in a sleep study known as PSG or polysomnogram. This particular study uses electrodes to track and analyze brain waves, oxygen levels, heart rate, and breathing throughout the sleep stages. AI is automating this process by significantly reducing the time it takes to score a test manually and reducing human error.

Personalized Sleep Recommendations

AI-driven chatbots and virtual assistants might soon offer tailored sleep hygiene tips, suggesting changes based on individual sleep habits and health conditions. The prospect of customized soundscapes AI generates opens new frontiers in improving sleep quality.

Treatment of Sleep Disorders

AI holds promise in analyzing sleep disorder symptoms and data for early diagnosis and effective treatment. Conditions like sleep apnea and insomnia could witness breakthroughs with AI-driven insights.

Predicting Sleep Needs

Predicting sleep needs involves sophisticated algorithms analyzing schedules, stress levels, and daily activities to optimize rest. This transformative approach allows individuals to schedule sleep as strategically as other daily commitments. Planning your sleep could become as routine as scheduling your day.

Diagnosis of other conditions

AI has the potential to predict and diagnose other health conditions faster than ever before. For example, Parkison's disease is strongly associated with REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD), which manifests years before other symptoms and a diagnosis. AI testing may also be able to predict cardiovascular conditions based on specific obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). AI could provide a more comprehensive patient health assessment, point out potential risks, and provide personalized and preventative treatment approaches.

Tips for Maximizing AI Sleep Technology

As AI evolves and promises better sleep, there are things to keep in mind to use to your advantage. Here's how to be innovative and proactive in integrating AI to improve your sleep and overall health:

  • Consistency in Usage: The more consistently you use and train AI sleep gadgets, the more accurate and personalized their recommendations become.
  • Utilizing Data: Leverage the rich, detailed information these gadgets provide to make informed decisions about your sleep routine.
  • Complementing Good Sleep Hygiene Practices: AI is a tool, not a replacement. Maintain a regular sleep schedule and create a calm sleep environment.
  • Maintain Proper Bedding: And, of course, invest in award-winning hotel-quality bedding that will allow you to create the perfect bed. Using the right AI products at the right time -- but possibly only some of the time. Frequently, the old-school way of doing things can complement new technologies.

As we unlock the potential of AI in sleep medicine, we find ourselves on the brink of a transformative era. Looking ahead, where might AI and sleep be in 10 years? The future holds the promise of more personalized, data-driven sleep solutions. The journey to optimal sleep with AI is underway, and the possibilities are as exciting as a good night's rest.

Photo by Michelangelo Buonarroti