Choosing a bed isn’t as simple as it used to be. And I’m not just talking about the confusing array of mattresses, memory-foam that’s prone to amnesia and cartoon hippos that apparently know more about a good bit of shut-eye than you do. Honestly, it’s enough to keep you awake at night.
And now we have “intelligent” beds, like the Sleep Number x12 that caught bright-eyed (wrong audience) punters’ attention at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. If we tell you that the dual-air adjustable mattresses are the least innovative thing about the x12 it’d prepare you nicely for what’s to follow.
First up is sleep-monitoring technology from Barn Labs, which measures heart rate, breathing rate, whether you’re asleep or awake and works individually for two people. Then there are the anti-snore features, which are sadly devoid of Wallace and Gromit-style ingenuity and instead allow your partner to simply adjust the angle of your sleeping position. And rounding this up is under-bed lighting, optional night stands that include built-in charging stations for gadgets, and voice activation so most of this stuff can be done without fishing around for the remote.
In the immortal words of Homer Simpson – altogether now: “Bed goes up! Bed goes down. Bed goes up! Bed goes down…”