Why taking your Samsung to bed makes good SleepSense
SLEEP experts say it's not a great idea to take your Samsung to bed.
But in this case, they might need to make an exception.
The electronics giant has unveiled a new type of personal healthcare device which it says will improve the quality of people's sleep.
SleepSense is said to easily understand your sleep patterns and learn how to improve it without having to seek advice.
"Samsung SleepSense can be your personal sleep consultant,'' the company said in a statement.
"This sleep monitoring device uses patented technology to analyse your sleep quantity and quality, provides personalised sleep reports and gives you expert recommendations on how to improve your sleep - all through a mobile app."
You place the sensor under your mattress, download the SleepSense app to your mobile, connect the two, drift off to sleep, and device gets to work.
It analyses heart and respiratory rates, plus your movement whilst you sleep, so every morning you receive a personalised sleep briefing - a summary of your sleep activity with your sleep score mapped against the average data for your age.
Your sleep score is calculated based on seven elements; total sleep time, sleep efficiency, time it took to fall asleep, number of times you woke up, number of times you got out of bed, percentage of time in REM (rapid eye movement) and percentage of time in deep sleep.
Based on your individual sleep score, the app will also provide you with expert recommendations on how to improve it.
Harvard Medical School Professor Dr. Christos Mantzoros worked with Samsung to provide personalised professional tips on improving your sleep quality.
Samsung SleepSense can be connected to Samsung smart appliances, allowing you to control air conditioning units and to turn off the television when falling asleep.
The sensor can also be connected to the Samsung SmartThings app that controls many other devices in your home such as thermostats, security cameras, and lightbulbs - all of which may affect or assist your sleeping conditions.
The Smart Alarm feature wakes you up gradually, by analysing the data collated from your sleep stages and identifying the best time for you to wake up.
The device also offers options to help family members.
You can put the sensor under their mattress and select the app's 'family care' option to receive an analysis of the quality of their sleep via email.