Withings adds sleep apnea detection to its tracking mat


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There are countless products available that help you track your sleep, giving you insights into your sleep patterns and quality. But there’s been nothing to help snoozers identify sleep apnea, a potentially-serious condition that could traditionally only be diagnosed by a sleep clinic. Now, health device maker Withings has released a new update to its sleep tracking mat that could help users recognize the symptoms of this disorder.

Around 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, which is characterized by pauses in breathing, or periods of shallow breathing, during sleep. As well as symptoms of fatigue, sleep apnea can result in headaches and depression, and in serious cases, stroke and heart failure. The update to Withings’ sleep tracking mat ($100) will monitor breathing disturbances during the night, and give users educational content about the signs of sleep apnea via the Health Mate app.

The update also helps set the company’s sleep mat apart from its competitors — Apple’s Beddit Sleep Monitor, for example, costs $150 but doesn’t have this function. But this is just the first step for Withings in this area. The company says it’s working on even more advanced diagnostics for sleep apnea, and aims to have medical-grade certified tracking for the condition in place by the end of the year.

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Save 10% on any Casper mattress this weekend in honor of daylight saving time

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Turning in for the night just got way more exciting.
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It’s almost time to turn your clocks forward, which means one thing: You’re going to lose an hour of sleep. Hipster mattress company Casper is trying to capitalize on this face with an offer that will help make up for your sorrow-inducing sleep schedule. 

For Casper’s daylight saving promotion, they are offering 10% off of any purchase that includes a mattress — meaning you can load up on a bunch of their fun sleep accessories like pillows, sheets, dog beds, and more. 

Valid from through March 10, you can score a helpful 10% off of mattresses that range from $350 to $2,750 — that means you’re saving a minimum of $35, and up to $275 if you’re just purchasing a mattress. Use the code SUPER to take part in the sale now. 

Casper offers plenty of cool sleep-related accessories, but what they’re most well-known for are the — you guessed it — mattresses. There are three main options: The Essential, The Casper, and The Wave. All of them have a hybrid foam construction and streamlined support, but differ in the amount of included layers. The Essential, the most basic of Casper’s catalog, has three layers of foam — a firm bottom layer, a supportive middle layer, and a soft top layer. The Casper, the company’s most popular choice, introduces a fourth layer of high-density memory foam and what they call Zoned Support™ — the bed is firm under your hips, but softens as it reaches your shoulders. Finally, The Wave, Casper’s newest option with five layers, employs a hypersensitive surface and precise support at 33 different points for ergonomic harmony. 

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Samsung Health adds Calm's sleep and relaxation tools


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Samsung had a surprise in store at Unpacked last month, when it revealed its Galaxy S10 camera app will include an Instagram mode. The company is adding another, more laidback third-party integration as Samsung Health users can access content from mindfulness service Calm as of today.

Once you’ve set up or connected a Calm account through Samsung Health’s Mindfulness section, you can access Calm’s meditation, sleep and relaxation programs from there. You can use Galaxy Watch Active to play and pause sessions and track your stress levels. You’ll need a Calm subscription to use the programs beyond the free trial period. However, the integration means you won’t necessarily need Calm’s app on your phone to access its services.

“Our work with Calm is going to make it easier than ever for Samsung Health users to practice mindfulness so they can work toward achieving better overall health,” said Peter Koo, who leads Samsung’s mobile health services division. The Calm features are available through Samsung Health in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and South Africa.

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Casper's Black Friday mattress deal is back: Save 10% with this code

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Casper will have you sleeping like a baby, but with back support for adults.
Casper will have you sleeping like a baby, but with back support for adults.
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Can a mattress that comes in a 17-inch by 17-inch by 42-inch box really give you the best sleep of your life?

Oh yes. Yes it can.

In particular: Casper mattresses. It seems like every social media influencer has been trying one out and hyping it up — you can’t even get through to a podcast without hearing the host mentioning theirs.

If you’ve been wanting to test one out for yourself, today is your lucky day (and tomorrow too, actually). Using code COZY, you can save 10% on any order with a mattress as part of a flash two-day sale on Feb. 24 and Feb 25. (This is the first time Casper has ever done a random two-day sale. You’re making history.)

Sure, 10% off isn’t the biggest sale in the world. But here’s the thing: Casper mattresses are so popular, they don’t need to go on sale at all to get thousands of people to buy them. Plus, 10% off is the same deal we saw at Casper for Black Friday 2018, so it really doesn’t get much better than this.

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The budget pick, the Essential Memory Foam line, has three layers: A soft, breathable layer on top, a curve-cradling layer in the middle to give pressure points a break, and a durable base layer for years of use. The top layer uses open cell foam for heat dissipation and a woven cover to force air flow and minimize sweat. The signature memory foam also offers minimal motion transfer — so if you’re sleeping with someone who can’t sit still, you won’t have to banish them to the couch. 

The best-selling Casper has an extra high-density foam layer for zoned support, and the luxurious Wave has an extra fifth layer on top of that for ergonomic spine alignment.

Here’s one customer review from the site:

“As a skeptic, I am surprised to say that the advertisements were correct for me – the mattress, mattress protector, and king size pillows are to die for! This product is high quality, and I’m kind of a snob about that. I highly recommend this mattress to anyone who sleeps and values their spine. Today I took a nap JUST so I could be on the bed, and I ended up sleeping for an extra hour because the bed was so comfy. Just buy it. You won’t regret it.”

But not everyone can just take the word of people on the internet, and buying a mattress you haven’t even touched can definitely feel risky. Casper covers that with an 100-night trial for you to try out a mattress home — and if you’re not impressed, they will pick up your mattress and you’ll get a full refund. Easy peasy.

Prices start at $350 for the Essential, $595 for the Casper, and $1,250 for the Wave, with 10% off discounts ranging anywhere from $35 to $125 using code COZY.

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Ford's clever bed stops your sleeping partner hogging the whole thing

The lane-keeping bed keeps errant sleepers on their side.
The lane-keeping bed keeps errant sleepers on their side.
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Your annoying, bed-hogging partner has met its match.

Ford has designed what it calls a “lane-keeping bed,” in which pressure sensors monitor when a sleeper is out of their lane.

When the sensors detect your partner has moved into your space, a conveyor belt built into the bed aims to gently realign them into place.

We have questions: Will the moving conveyor belt wake you up? And can you switch off the lane-keeping feature, if you just like to cuddle? 

It doesn’t really matter though, because the “lane-keeping bed” is sadly only a gimmick to promote the carmaker’s lane assist feature. Still kinda cool, though.

“Lane-Keeping Aid in our cars can make driving easier and more comfortable,” Ford Europe marketing director Anthony Ireson said in a statement online.

“We thought that showing how similar thinking could be applied to a bed, would be a great way to highlight to drivers a technology that they might not previously have been aware of.”

Ford has been creating prototypes based off car features, like the noise-cancelling kennel it released back in December. Blanket hoggers, you’re next.

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