Sleep Number‘s patented bed system offers microclimate control for optimal sleep quality. The system adjusts air flow through the mattress based on user presence, ensuring desired temperature levels for comfort. This innovative technology allows for precise temperature regulation, enhancing the sleep experience. GlobalData’s report on Sleep Number gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Sleep Number, Smart beds was a key innovation area identified from patents. Sleep Number's grant share as of February 2024 was 69%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Smart bed system with microclimate control for quality sleep

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Sleep Number Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11918119B2) discloses a method for controlling the microclimate of a mattress based on the presence of a user. The method involves determining the expected user sleep time, sensing the presence of the user on the mattress, and adjusting the airflow through the mattress accordingly. When the user is on the mattress, air is flowed at a first rate in a specific operation mode, and when the user exits the mattress, the airflow is increased to a second rate in a different operation mode. If the user returns before the expected sleep time ends, the airflow reverts to the initial mode.

The patented method also includes features such as air distribution layers, air controllers, and air chambers within the mattress to regulate the microclimate effectively. The system can adjust air pressure in the chambers, operate fans and heaters at different speeds and temperatures based on the operation mode, and even analyze user sleep data to determine the expected sleep time. By incorporating manual user settings for sleep time, the method offers a personalized approach to controlling the mattress microclimate. Overall, this patented technology aims to enhance user comfort and optimize the sleeping environment by dynamically adjusting airflow based on user presence and behavior during sleep.

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