DIEGO ó Do you believe drinking coffee is keeping you
up at night? Itís not ó as long as youíre
consuming less than four cups per day.
according to a new survey from SleepScore Labs, a
spinoff of sleep apnea medical device maker ResMed.
at the CES 2017 consumer electronics show earlier this
month, the SleepScore Labs survey collected data from
just under 21,000 people over 1.5 million nights. It
highlights how sleep is getting more attention in
CES 2017, more than 20 sleep technology firms showed off
their latest gadgets in a new Sleep Technology
Marketplace. They ranged from sleep tracking mattresses
to devices that enable temperature controlled pillows.
brands also joined the sleep product parade. Under
Armour touted its Athlete Recovery Sleepwear. Pitched by
New England Patriotsí quarterback Tom Brady, the $200
pajamas have a fabric pattern that claims to absorb
"far infrared" energy and transfer it to the
body to reduce inflammation, improve recovery and
promote better sleep.
2017 also was the coming out party for SleepScore Labs,
based outside San Diego. A new joint venture of ResMed,
TV cardiologist Dr. Mehmet Oz and New York-based Pegasus
Capital Advisors, the companyís goal is to build an
ecosystem around accurately measured sleep.
have a lot of people going to bed for enough hours but
they are not actually sleeping at that time," said
Colin Lawlor, chief executive of SleepScore Labs.
"If you wear a wearable device, it is probably
going to tell you that you are sleeping fine. But the
truth is you are awake for a significant amount of
now, SleepScoreís efforts center on ResMedís S+
sleep tracker, though it expects to have additional
products, said Lawlor.
S+ sits on a nightstand, so users donít wear anything.
It contains proprietary high resolution sensors that
measure respiration and body movement, along with light,
noise and temperature in the bedroom.
sensors are good enough to see a personís pulse, said
Lawlor. The radio frequency range is short, so the
device can be positioned to monitor the right person.
thousands of hours of breathing data, ResMed built
algorithms that recognize deep sleep respiration, REM
sleep breathing and light sleep patterns, said Lawlor.
It reports how much time the user spent in each phase
via a smartphone app.
data is compared to an average to create a SleepScore,
which the company hopes becomes the standard measurement
of sleep ó like calories are for food. The SleepScore
in the survey released at CES was 77 out of 100.
the consumer electronics landscape, there are more and
more products that claim to measure sleep," said
Lawlor. "The problem for the consumer and
ultimately the companies is nobody knows if any of these
S+ costs $130 but is on sale for $50 on the SleepScore
Labs website through May. There are competitors, ranging
from pure sleep trackers such as Beddit and Sense to
wearable devices from Fitbit and Jawbone.
sleep tracking devices have come under criticism for how
accurately they measure sleep. Lawlor claims ResMed has
solved that problem with the S+. Now SleepScore hopes to
help consumers understand how theyíre sleeping and why
itís important to monitor.
then for the industry, we are aiming to provide access
to the SleepScore technology as a service to help them
test, validate and improve their products," he
said. "We think we can enable the ecosystem around
that simple idea: If you can measure it, you can manage
help get the word out, SleepScore Labs released its
survey results on sleep at CES. It probably contains
bias, acknowledged Lawlor. The data came from users of
ResMedís S+. So participants likely have sleep
problems that prompted them to purchase the device.
its findings offer a glimpse of sleep habits of
Americans. Among its findings:
percent of participants got less than the recommended
seven hours sleep a night.
sleep on average 24 minutes more a night than men.
minutes of daily exercise adds 14 extra minutes of sleep
who had one or two drinks slept on average 16 minutes
more than people who had more than two drinks, or none
of participants regularly use sleep aids, ranging from
prescription medications to over-the-counter sleeping
pills/herbal sleep supplements.