There is no denying that sleep is one of the most essential parts of anyone's day, and a majority of parents have difficulty ensuring their child gets enough good sleep. But what if you could tell when and why your child is awake? And keep tabs from the comforts of your own bed?
Sleep Number has fulfilled your wish, unveiling its newest solution for children's (and parents') sleeping woes at the CES 2015 Trade Show: the SleepIQ Kids Bed. The smart bed monitors children's sleep cycles and pinpoints which factors are negatively impacting them, whether it's diet, stress, or extracurricular activities. "Almost 80 percent [of parents] say sleep impacts their child's performance in school, and 68 percent say it affects their child's extracurricular activities," states the SleepIQ press release.
Here's how the bed works: it has small hidden sensors that "uses digital-signal capture within the mattress and processing techniques to pick up on motion and pressure," reports Mashable.com. The sensors are a no-fuss solution that eliminates wristbands and other wearable devices to monitor children's breathing and heart rates while they're sleeping. The bed then generates a SleepIQ Sleep Number score every morning that can be anywhere from 1 to 100—of course, the higher the score, the better your child is sleeping. Parents are also able to input details about their child's day to establish which nights their little one is getting the best sleep. Monthly sleep progress reports are also available to assess sleeping patterns.
The SleepIQ bed even comes with an app that makes it possible for parents to remotely switch off the lights in their kid's room once it's bedtime. If the child gets out of bed, lights beneath the bed will begin to glow, and parents will receive an alert that he is on the move. The app even has a monster detector — parents can use it to sweep their smartphone or tablet along the bottom of the bed to make sure no monsters have crawled under.
If you're at your wits end with bedtime battles, the SleepIQ Kids bed may be the remedy you need. But this particular sleep solution doesn't come cheap: it starts at $1,000 (twin, full, and queen sizes are available) and won't be sold until later this year.
Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She's a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn
Image: Child sleeping on a SleepIQ Kids Bed courtesy of Sleep Number