When I had the opportunity to try the Eight Sleep Pod Pro in early 2020, I fell in love with a temperature-controlled mattress.
For an episode of the Well+Good Youtube series Zo Tries It All, I used it to test a slew of other tech-savvy sleep products, including a set of Casper Casper Glow Lights ($299) that dim and brighten in sync with my circadian rhythm (aka mimic the sunlight), the Muse S Meditation Headband ($350), and the sleep-tracking Oura Ring ($399). While every device I examined had an undeniably favourable impact, Eight Sleep is the only one I use every night a year later.
It’s difficult to describe how fantastic it is without sounding exaggerated, but believe me when I tell that this mattress altered my life—or at the very least, my sleeping habits.
Here’s how it works: I spent most of my nights before the Eight Sleep struggling with unexplainable hot flashes and sweating episodes that made it impossible to fall—let alone stay—asleep. And it appears that I’m not alone in this kind of torment, because according to the brand, “80 percent of Americans suffer from temperature concerns while sleeping.” The mattress uses cooling and heating technologies to keep you comfortable (read: not sweating or shivering through your pyjamas) all night long. It regulates its temperature between 55°F and 110°F as you sleep. Like a fancy, temperature-controlled waterbed, you fill a “pod” with water, and the mattress employs thermoregulation to transfer hot or cold water through a system of tubes within the mattress.
You can adjust the temperature to your liking, but what’s truly cool, in my opinion, is that the more you use the mattress, the more personalised your experience becomes. My mattress knows me better than most of my pals after more than a year together. It links to an app that analyses your sleeping patterns and creates the optimal nightly temperature experience for your body—in my case, that meant sleeping in the cold tundra and waking up in slightly warmer temperatures. The app also collects data on how long and how well you slept on a given night to generate a “sleep fitness score,” which the mattress is supposed to help you improve over time until you’re getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.
Since I received my Eight Sleep Pod, the company has released a more affordable and accessible version of its cooling mattress technology. The Pod Pro Cover ($1,745), which you just overlay on top of any ordinary mattress, provides the same benefits. After that, it uses thermoregulation technology, just like the original, to heat or cool itself according to your preferences.
The fact that the Eight Sleep technology has everything I need to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up more effortlessly has made me fall in love with it. Each night, before I go to bed, I set the temperature to an extra cold level, which I prefer, and it gradually warms up throughout the night as the mattress learns more about my sleeping patterns. Then, in the morning, it warms up slightly to assist me in rising naturally rather of using an alarm clock. While I liked the Oura Ring for tracking my sleep and the Casper Glow Lights for making it easier to go asleep and wake up naturally, the Eight Sleep combines all of those features into one device.
Sorry to disappoint my lover, but my relationship with my mattress is by far the most significant in my life. The good news is that he can now benefit from it as well.
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