This $7,000(!) Mattress Is a Sleep Tracker and Alarm Clock All in One
Luckily, you don't have to buy one to experience it.
Published Jun 8, 2022 1:39 AM
There’s a lot to love about the newly opened Lake Nona Wave Hotel in Orlando, Florida. First, it’s on the outskirts of the theme park bubble, meaning there are less tourists and definitely no mouse hats. Second, the beds. Oh, those beds.
Nestled in every one of the high-tech hotel’s Well+ech rooms is a a $7,600 mattress by Bryte that promises to optimize your sleep by closlely monitoring your pressure points, temperature, and time in bed.
Like most guest rooms, the bed takes center stage. At first glance, it looks like your typical setup: The king-size mattress is centered on one wall; dressed in crisp white sheets; flanked by curvy, high-gloss nightstands; and backed by a cushy headboard. But once you slip under that fluffy duvet, the magic happens (even the linens are smart, by the way—the Nollapelli bedding is said to balance moisture, temperature, and friction during your slumber). Under those cooling sheets is where the Restorative Bed by Bryte starts to create your best night’s sleep. Though it appears like your average luxury mattress, a Tesla’s worth of tech lives under the ultra-cozy Tencel topper and claims to customize your experience by helping you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and reach deeper levels of rest during the night.
Here’s how it works: On each side of the bed, there’s a tablet for controlling the preferences of each sleeper—or the entire bed if you’re solo. After creating an account (which you can log into at home or at other properties that boast the bed), you’ll be prompted to customize your options. I started with the alarm, which features a variety of sounds that softly crescendo at your determined wake-up time—none of those blaring beeps that startle you awake. I also toggled on the wake-up motion that feels like the most subtle waterbed gently rocking you awake in tandem with the alarm.
Next, I moved on to the temperature options: before bed, overnight, and wake with warming. Because I’m a warm sleeper who also hates being cold in the morning, I went with the coolest setting for the first two and a warm-up for the morning. The built-in climate control adjusts throughout the night, and I could feel the cooling sensation as I settled in for the evening. I’m happy to report that I didn’t wake up in a puddle of sweat even though my bedmate chose a toastier setting on their side.
After getting my temps set, I moved on to firmness. Channeling my best Goldilocks, I skewed not-too-firm but not-too-soft. The mattress actually has a matrix of 100 pneumatic sensors throughout it that adjust and relieve pressure points as you change positions. I tend to toss and turn throughout the night, but the bed reported making 78 adjustments that evening, which may be why my whirlwind ways were significantly subdued.
Following a dreamy night of z’s, I was really looking forward to waking up and checking out my sleep analysis. Without any wearables or a cell phone slid under my pillow, the tablet calculated my sleep efficiency (time spent in bed versus time spent asleep), the total amount of sleep, how long I took to fall asleep, and my time awake. I’ve never been one to sleep for eight uninterrupted hours, so I wasn’t surprised to see my efficiency missed the benchmark for others my age. What I was surprised by was the detailed report of sleep stages throughout the night. The mattress recorded the time I spent in light, deep, and REM sleep along with the coordinating heart and respiration rates—all of which were right on par with my peers. I could definitely see myself getting hooked on tracking my nightly metrics if I had one of these at home.
Although Bryte is launching a home version this year, I admittedly would never spend $7,000 on a bed. However, I would gladly seek out a hotel that has one—Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, The London West Hollywood, and Park Hyatt New York (among others) also have them in their rooms.