Eight is the smart bed cover that learns about you and improves your sleep experience. Eight is manufacturing high quality mattresses and sleep products for a perfect night's sleep. Our mission at Eight is to make sleep smarter.
In 2014 we founded this company with a mission to use technology to improve sleep. Fast forward 4 years and with 2.5 million nights of sleep tracked, I’m sharing some exciting news: we closed a $14M Series B round of funding led by Khosla Ventures with the support from our existing investors Y Combinator and Yunqi Partners. The partnership with Khosla is a clear fit for us. They share our vision of a future in which technology and data make healthcare more scientific and consistent. With this new funding, our growing team and investors reaffirm the commitment we made in 2014 to bringing the biggest technological evolution that sleep has seen in the last 300 years.
As we continue to redesign the traditional concept of a mattress, we are uncovering the possibilities that tracking biometric signals holds in furthering human healthcare.
Thanks to over 20,000 of you, we are on a path to become the largest sleep database in the world. In addition to tracking over 2.5 million nights of sleep, we have also collected and processed 500 terabytes of data, executed over 200,000 sleep-related smart home actions, and warmed up beds for over 1 million hours.
Thank you for believing in our dream. We hope we can continue to help achieve yours one good night’s sleep at a time.
Are you the type of person who struggles to wake up the morning? Maybe you press snooze at least five times before dragging yourself out of bed. Perhaps you need a large cup of coffee in order to function before 10 AM. If this describes you, keep reading. There are simple ways to feel more energized in the morning that don't involve a double shot of espresso.
1. Keep your alarm out of reach
Put your alarm or phone far from your bed. This will force you to physically get out of bed to turn it off. It will also make you less likely to hit the snooze button.
2. Make your bed
If you want to feel more productive in the morning, the easiest thing to do is make your bed. It may seem like a small task, but starting your day by making your bed gives you a sense of accomplishment. This will set you up for success for the rest of the day.
3. Do the shower trick
There's a 90-second trick that you do to boost your energy in the mornings. At the end of your shower, simply blast yourself with cold water for 30 seconds, followed by hot water for 30 seconds, and then finish with cold water for a final 30 seconds. The rapid change in temperature will increase blood flow and stimulate the body and mind.
4. Fatten up your coffee
If you depend on coffee to function, mix your coffee with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil or butter. Adding healthy fats to your coffee will make the caffeine metabolize slowly and work throughout the day. As a result, you'll stay alert for longer.
Exercising in the morning is the best way to wake yourself up. Working out boosts endorphins, which gives you more energy and puts you in a better mood. You'll also jumpstart your metabolism and burn more calories. Not only will you feel more energized, but you'll be healthier too.
6. Drink a lemon elixir
There are several health benefits to drinking warm lemon water in the morning. First, it flushes out toxins and aids the digestive system. Second, lemon is rich in nutrients like calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. Most importantly, it hydrates and oxygenates the body.
7. Eat a banana
Bananas are an excellent morning staple because the fruit's combination of complex carbs, natural sugar, amino acids, and brain-boosting vitamins will give you quick energy boost.
8. Jam out
Play upbeat music as you're getting ready or commuting to work. The energizing tunes will pump you up and get you excited about the day.
9. Get some sunlight
Light, especially bright light from the sun, signals the body that it's time to wake up. As soon as you get up, open your blinds and let in the natural light.
10. Smell essential oils
Aromatherapy can significantly reduce your grogginess. Peppermint and eucalyptus scents can make you feel more alert, focused, and stimulated in the morning. The smell of rosemary can jumpstart your bran, giving you more mental and physical energy. Citrus can reduce stress and boost the body's production of serotonin. In fact, studies have shown that sniffing the skin of an orange can increase alertness and reduce anxiety.
Waking up is hard, and waking up without an alarm can be even harder for some. Nobody likes to be jolted awake from a loud, ringing noise, but many of us depend on our alarms to get us up in the morning. What if we told you there's a way to train yourself to wake up without a jarring alarm? The key to doing this is training your body and circadian rhythm to adjust to the morning naturally.
Consistency is key
To stop using an alarm, you need to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. This means going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday. Following a specific schedule will set and regulate your internal body clock. You can start by waking up every morning at 7 AM using an alarm. Your body will gradually adjust to this time and you'll soon find yourself waking up on your own, before your alarm.
To help you stick to a sleep-wake routine, we suggest creating a bedtime ritual that gets you ready for sleep and forming morning habits that get you excited about waking up. Your pre-bed routine should promote good sleep hygiene. About an hour before bed, dim the lights and switch your phone to night mode. You can also practice relaxation techniques like meditation or a warm bath to destress and wind down. Since we're talking about waking up, the morning routine is most important. Have you ever noticed how easy it is to wake up on the morning of a vacation or big event you're looking forward to? This is because your brain knows that you need to be energized. The best way to trick your brain into thinking this all the time, is to schedule exciting things to do in the morning. Go for a run, sign up for your favorite yoga class, or make a delicious smoothie. If you do something fun or active every morning, you'll start to get used to waking up early.
Open your blinds
The sun is your natural alarm clock, so use it to your advantage. Open your blinds a crack to let the sun in. Light plays a huge role in our circadian and signals the brain that it's time to get up.
Set one just in case
If you're afraid of sleeping in, set an alarm as a backup. It's always better to be safe than sorry (or in this case - late). Our favorite type of alarm to use is a smart alarm because it wakes you up in your lightest stage of sleep. If you set your alarm at 7 AM, it may go off up to 30 minutes earlier depending on your sleep cycle. You'll feel better waking up with the smart alarm because you won't feel groggy. This way, you'll have more energy to go about your day.
We all want to sleep better, but there's one part of sleep that's even more crucial to our overall health - deep sleep.
Deep sleep is the elusive stage of sleep when your brain waves are at their lowest frequency, your muscles relax, and your breathing slows. Also known as delta wave sleep, it comes at the end of NREM sleep. Deep sleep is so important because it's the most restorative part of the night. During this time, energy levels recharge, body tissues are repaired, muscles receive more blood supply, and the pituitary gland releases human growth hormone. Basically, you need deep sleep to maintain, repair, and rejuvenate your body and brain.
The amount of deep sleep you need varies with age, but spending at least 20% of the night in deep sleep is a good goal. When a person is in deep sleep, they barely move and are difficult to wake up. Sleepers in deep sleep are less apt to wake in response to external stimuli and won't be disrupted during their slumber. If you get more deep sleep, you'll toss and turn less and likely feel more well-rested in the morning.
Since this stage of sleep is so mysterious, there is little research on how to get deeper sleep. However, the best way to get more deep sleep is to sleep better and more soundly. Here are some ways you can set your sleep up for success.
1. Regulate Bedroom Temperature
If you're too hot or too cold during the night, you'll probably have difficulty falling or staying asleep. This will cause you to toss and turn a lot and may interrupt your deep sleep. The ideal bedroom temperature for optimal sleep is 60-67 degrees. A cooler bedroom will facilitate sleep by lowering the body temperature, which happens at the onset of sleep.
2. Eliminate Distractions
Another reason for restlessness is external distractions like noise and light. Keep your phone on silent and away from your bed to avoid being awoken by notifications. In addition, you should try to sleep in a dark room. Blackout shades will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. If it's noisy outside your bedroom window, try listening to relaxing sounds or using a white noise machine during the night to offset those loud noises.
3. Avoid Alcohol Or Caffeine
The number one reason for tossing and turning at night is alcohol or caffeine. Drinking booze or coffee close to bedtime messes with your sleep. Caffeine may keep you up at night while alcohol will disrupt your slumber. As the alcohol wears off during the second part of the night, people usually wake up and deep sleep is cut short.
3. Get Comfy
Being comfortable is the best way to have a good, full night's sleep. There are a number of ways to get comfy at night, but we recommend finding a mattress you love first. The right mattress will do wonders for your sleep.
For the past 11 years, Fast Company has reviewed thousands of companies to determine the world’s most innovative. This year, Eight landed in Top 10 for Consumer Electronics. We were one of the 28 companies to appear on the list for the first time, ranking among list veterans like Apple, Amazon, and Sony.
We are honored to be recognized as a leading company in technology and innovation. Since our founding in 2014, we’ve been focusing on evolving and improving the way we sleep. Eight is bringing the biggest technological advancement that sleep has seen in the past 300 years. For centuries, humans have been sleeping the same. By leveraging technology like we have done for all other aspects of our lives, we can change the way we sleep for the better. At Eight, we are driven by the belief that sleep can be engineered to perfection. We spent years of R&D and tested over 10 million hours of sleep to develop the first smart mattress that maximizes sleep quality.
The Eight Smart Mattress seamlessly monitors 15 factors of sleep and health while also adjusting your environment to optimize for better rest. We launched the first edition in early 2016 and added two more models eight months later. Now there are over 20,000 people sleeping soundly on an Eight Smart Mattress. Based on our current growth track, we are en route to building the largest sleep database in the world.
Using all the data collected from our sophisticated technology, we can extract information about sleep and discover new things that have yet to be discovered in the field of sleep research. Our advanced sensor technology can help us learn about our bodies and health to improve our sleep and wake routines. By leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence, we’ll soon be able to identify how many hours each individual really needs to achieve maximum recovery and rest and the environmental conditions that are conducive to it.
Consumer devices like Eight are revolutionizing the way we think about our health in terms of exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Understanding your habits will help you make effective lifestyle changes that will ultimately make you a better version of yourself. This is why we created the Eight Smart Mattress. We are on a mission to make people’s lives happier and healthier through great sleep.
Although phones and laptops should be limited in the bedroom, not all technology should be avoided. Some tech can actually help you sleep. In fact, sleep devices from smart mattresses to white noise machines are becoming increasingly popular in the market. As our society struggles to get enough sleep year after year, technology seems to be the only answer. It has improved almost every aspect of our lives, so why not leverage it to help us get a good night's sleep.
With so many gadgets available today, we've selected our 10 favorite that actually work to improve sleep quality.
Our sensor-based mattress is engineered to help you sleep better and wake up refreshed. It monitors your sleep patterns through the night and gives you actionable suggestions on what you can do to improve the quality of your sleep. It also features dual-zone bed warming and supreme comfort to help you relax at night. Plus, use the smart alarm to wake you up in your lightest stage of sleep.
Getting a good night's sleep requires a good sleep environment. This means eliminating distractions such as noise and light, but also taking into account air quality. Awair is a smart device that tracks toxins and chemicals in your air to help you stay healthy and breathe easy. It also gives you a sleep report every morning that analyzes your bedroom and tells you how your air affects your quality of sleep. Indoor air pollution can negatively impact sleep quality, which is why you need to clean up your air to sleep well.
Smart lights are a great investment because your sleep cycle is dictated by light. With these Philips Hue lights, you can create a setting that mimics the sunset and gradually dims down as you drift off to sleep. You can also switch your lights to a relaxing orange color at night to signal your brain that it's time to wind down. In the morning, you can trigger a wake up light which will naturally wake you up with lights.
Calm is an app focused on mindfulness and meditation, both of which will help you sleep better. Doing a little bit of guided meditation at night can calm anxiety and promote deep sleep. It's especially great for people who often have trouble falling asleep.
This new digital sleep lamp was developed by insomniacs to help you drift off fast. It uses a hypnotizing blue light to coordinate and slow down your breaths to stimulate your body's natural resting state.
Snoring can interrupt sleep and cause a lot of problems when sharing a bed. Smart Nora is a revolutionary product that detects snoring throughout the night. You insert into your pillow and it will gently adjust your pillow when you start snoring. This will stimulate the throat muscles, allowing for natural breathing to resume. It'll help the snorer and the partner sleep soundly during the night.
One of the major causes of toss and turns at night is improper bedroom temperature. The ideal temperature for optimal sleep is 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping the room too hot or too cold can disrupt sleep. A smart thermostat like Nest will help you regulate your bedroom so it stays at the perfect sleep-inducing temperature.
If you're looking for a sleep mask that enhances REM sleep, Remee will do just that. During REM sleep, blood flow decreases to the brain and redirects itself towards the muscles, allowing the body and mind to properly rest and recover. This eye cover uses customizable light signals to increase dream recall.
Although we haven't tried this, we're very intrigued by the sleep robot that claims it'll help you sleep. This pillow-like device is designed to simulate breathing and play soothing music to help you fall asleep.
Aromatherapy shouldn't be overlooked when trying to sleep better. Placing an essential oil diffuser in your bedroom is a great solution for sinus congestion, insomnia, or stress. We like the lavender scent because it relaxes the body and calms the mind. Using it 30 minutes before bed may help you drift off faster.
** This article has been written in collaboration with AWAIR. Eight has no partnerships with any of the other products mentioned. All our opinions are our own.
With almost 60% of Eight users sharing a bed, it's no wonder our smart mattresses were designed with couples in mind. Despite what some of us may think, sharing a bed with a partner does not cause significant sleep disturbances. Although some people may wake up due to snoring or a partner's toss and turns, the reality is that sleeping next to someone isn't a factor in bad sleep. Our data found that those who shared a bed had almost the same sleep score as those who slept alone. In fact, people who shared a bed had a slightly higher average score (71.24) than solo sleepers (70.48).
If your partner is disrupting your sleep quality, there are two easy ways to resolve the issue (without kicking him or her to the couch):
1. Upgrade your mattress
You need a foam mattress that minimizes motion transfer. This way you won't feel your partner move as he or she switches sleep positions.
2. Check the temperature
It can be tough to agree on the perfect bed temperature. The Eight Smart Mattress solves the biggest issue when sharing a bed by offering dual-zone temperature control. One person can warm up their bed while the other can keep it as is. In addition, it's important to set your bedroom thermostat to a cool temperature of 60-67 degrees. This is the ideal temperature for good sleep.
Some sleep experts are now saying the sharing the bed with someone improves sleep quality. A 2009 study found that women in long-term stable relationships fell asleep quicker and woke up less during the night compared to single women. The researchers also hypothesized that shared sleep in healthy relationships may lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone and boost oxytocin, the love-hormone that eases anxiety. If you share a bed, it's also recommended to have sex right before bed - it may be the key to a good night's sleep. Oxytocin, which is released during an orgasm, influences sleep processes and dreams.
If you're single, don't fret! Good sleep is still possible for you. Many people still find sharing a bed too be annoying and uncomfortable. In a survey by the University of Leeds and Silentnight, 29% of people said their partner was an obstacle to their sleep. And poor sleep could hurt everything -- from your mood to your weight. Likewise, 60% of couples polled by The Today Show reported sleeping better alone.
Since there seems to be data supporting single sleepers and couples, it's really up to you. Both types of sleeping are great, as long as you are comfortable.
No matter how tired we feel, we've all had that one night where we just can't fall asleep. The reasons why we occasionally struggle to fall asleep vary - from too much coffee during the day to anxiety and stress.
In order to fall asleep quickly, you need to be in the right state of mind and body. This means calm and controlled breaths as well as a clear mind. Simple breathing exercises can combat anxiety and help with insomnia. Harvard trained doctor, Andrew Weil, believes the 4-7-8 trick will help you fall asleep in 60 seconds. That's right - 60 SECONDS!
HOW IT WORKS
The method is described as a natural tranquilizer that reduces tension in the body and promotes relaxation. For it to work, you need to breathe in counts of 4, 7, and 8. Doing so, your lungs and brain will properly fill with oxygen, which helps catalyze a good night's sleep.
HOW YOU DO IT
1. Exhale completely through your mouth making a 'whoosh' sound
2. Inhale through your nose for 4 seconds
3. Hold your breath for 7 seconds
4. Exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds, making another 'whoosh' sound
5. Repeat 3 times
The technique is based on an ancient Indian practice called pranayama, which means "regulation of breath." If it doesn't work at first, don't worry! It will take a some time to master the rhythm. It also helps to not focus too much on the end goal. If you put too much pressure on yourself to fall asleep fast, your mind will be unable to relax.
Have you tried this 4-7-8 trick before? Does it work for you?
Super Bowl LII was a big night for lots of people, especially those in Philadelphia. The Eagles upset the New England Patriots with a stunning 41-33 victory.
When the game ended at approximately 10:17 PM EST, thousands of Eagles fans swarmed the streets to celebrate. Based on our sleep data, we know that many fans sacrificed sleep to party.
In fact, Eight's users in Pennsylvania pushed their average bed time 1 hour and 19 minutes later than usual. However, it was a different story for the losing team, with Pats fans only going to sleep about 3 minutes later. Perhaps they were all sad, like Tom Brady, and just wanted to be in their beds.
Winning the Super Bowl also affected how long people slept, with Eagles fans sleeping 22 minutes less than their state's average (6 hours 15 minutes compared to 6 hours 37 minutes).
The game was held at the US Bank Stadium in Minnesota, so we wanted to look at Minnesota's sleep stats as well. Our users slept 20 minutes less than average on Sunday night.
Overall, we noticed significant deviation from normal sleep activity in Pennsylvania, which we can only speculate was caused by the Eagles' victorious championship.
We've all struggled with a bad night of sleep before. Tossing and turning all night can leave us feeling seriously lethargic and anxious the next day. However, a sleepless night doesn't have to set you off track. You'll be surprised at how well you can function if you use these strategies to power through your day.
1. Stay optimistic
Don't underestimate human resilience. One night of poor sleep isn't catastrophic. If you keep the right attitude, you may find your focus and energy levels are consistent with your normal days. Working yourself up over a rough night will just drain your energy more. It's important not to stress about your night because obsessing over not sleeping can lead to more trouble sleeping the next night.
2. Take it easy
With your energy already compromised, it makes sense to take it easy the next day. Skip your planned evening workout, and spend your night unwinding before bed. If you don't get enough sleep, your workouts will be significantly less effective. Restorative sleep is needed to repair and build muscle tissues. Gentle exercise is fine, but don't exert yourself too much. Try doing some yoga or light exercise in the morning to promote blood circulation and increase alertness.
3. Let there be light
Get exposed to as much bright light as possible, especially right after waking up. Morning light energizes us and improves mood by boosting serotonin levels. It also helps regulate our circadian rhythm, which will contribute to better sleep in the future. When there's little or no sunlight in the AM, use artificial light during the daytime.
4. Stick to a healthy diet
Even though you'll be tempted to reach for a sweet pastry and coffee in the morning, sugar and caffeine will only provide a short fix. You should also avoid large meals and simple carbohydrates like pasta for lunch. These foods will make you more likely to crash later on. Try eating protein-rich foods like nuts and lean meats to keep you energy levels up. Remember to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water during the day as well.
5. Go outside
Tiredness peaks from 1 pm - 3 pm. If you can't squeeze in a 20-minute power nap during this time, get some fresh air. Research shows that spending time outside increases energy in 90% of people.
Sleepless nights happen to the best of us, but we can overcome their negative effects. Remember, it's just one day we have to get through. Bed is only a few hours away. Go to sleep slightly earlier the following night and you'll feel totally rejuvenated the next day.
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