Ah, technology. When it comes to finding a cure for insomnia it seems to hold so much promise. From beds to chairs to iPhone apps. We're skeptical of all of them, but the latest product about to hit the market (at least in Japan) may sway us a little.
The Tanita Sleep Scan Mat fits under your mattress and records your body motion, breathing rate and pulse throughout the night. All this information is stored on a removable SD card which can then be analyzed to help you figure out the quality of your sleep.
This seems to be a new slant on sleep monitors - but we can definitely see this type of product being a useful alternative or addition to regular sleep studies. Trying to fall asleep in a lab must be far more difficult than trying to sleep in your own bed - which would likely affect a sleep lab's findings. Furthermore, this device can record up to 500 sleep cycles rather than a typical sleep study which records only one.
Of course, the equipment used in professional sleep studies is going to be far more accurate and take far more measurements. However, this product might just be worth keeping an eye on.
Last updated: April 30, 2010