Sleep health draws loads of attention from health tech enterprises, with valid justification. Diet trackers count calories or monitor weight, exercise machines and fitness trackers count steps, weight, reps, time, and more. Measuring sleep with its qualitative and quantitative factors is trickier. We’ve written about pillows that purport to enhance sleep, a sleep-tracking ring which promises actionable insights, sound therapy systems for better sleep, a blood oxygen tracking sleep sensor, and many more technologies that claim to monitor sleep metrics. Smartphone apps commonly report the results of the various sleep health tech devices and systems.
SleepScore‘s SleepScore Max employs non-contact sensors in a counter-top device used in the bedroom to monitor the sleeping environment for temperature and light and to measure the sleeper’s respiration and body movement with a ResMed Sleep sensor. The ResMed polysomnography sensor transmits short pulses of radio waves and listens to the pulse echoes. The device transmits data via Bluetooth to an iOS or Android smartphone app. The app uses data from ResMed ‘s sleep scoring polysomnography (PSG) technology to present a sleep chart, sleep history, and a doctor’s report. The app also has a smart alarm to awaken the sleeper in the correct stage of sleep within a set time range. ResMed, the company that produces the sensor and sleep scoring algorithms in the SleepScore Max, focuses on sleep apnea and other sleep and respiratory disorders with products for healthcare professionals, clinics, and hospitals.
Based on the sleep score and other collected data, the SleepScore Max makes recommendations for products and practices that can help people sleep better and longer. According to the SleepScore, the company has partnered with ResMed for ten years and uses data from more than 4 million nights of sleep.