The two terms are largely used interchangeably as there is no standard definition as yet.
In general, though, smart mattresses and smart beds are designed to incorporate high-tech technology into the mattress or bed base.
Smart mattresses and smart beds have sensors that function much like health trackers to analyse your sleep patterns and even actively improve the quality of your sleep.
They monitor body movement, heart rate, and breathing to measure sleep duration and sleep cycles, and can even automatically adjust your bed or mattress to ensure better-quality sleep.
The most commonly available features of smart mattresses and smart beds include:
- Sleep tracking
- Automatic adjustment of firmness levels in the mattress
- Temperature regulation
- Adjustable bed bases
- Anti-snoring features
- Smart home integration
Smart home integration
Many of the newest smart beds and smart mattresses directly connect to modern smart homes.
This is commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT) and refers to the ability of everyday household items, including lighting, thermostats, locks, etc. to communicate with each other via WiFi or Bluetooth.
IoT devices run on different operating systems and are often enabled by voice assistants like Amazon Echo’s Alexa or Google Home.
Smart beds with smart home connectivity can directly communicate with the rest of your home for some nifty features.
Some smart bed manufacturers have even begun connecting their devices with IFTTT (If This, Then That).
IFTTT is a commonly-used free service that allows people to create applets or recipes to create a chain reaction of events if the first step in the chain is completed.
Conventionally, for example, you could create an IFTTT applet that automatically posts a WordPress article to Facebook.
IFTTT can become quite a bit more complicated, though.
For example, in the smart mattress world, you can find IFTTT applets that allow your coffee machine to automatically start brewing coffee when you get up in the morning.