Sleep Number has been granted a patent for a system that wakes users by adjusting their sleep environment. The system includes a central controller that receives user alarm settings and generates instructions to adjust the bed’s features. If a user is not present, an alert is sent to another bed system to initiate a wake-up process for the second user. 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 September 2023 was 45%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

The patent is granted for a system that wakes users

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11766136B2) describes a system for monitoring and controlling sleep conditions in multiple beds. The system includes a first bed system with a pressure sensor and a central controller. The controller can determine if a user is present in the bed and, if not, send an alert to a second bed system. The second bed system also has a pressure sensor and a central controller that can receive the alert and initiate a wake-up process for a second user.

In addition to the basic functionality, the system can include additional features. For example, the system may include a pad that can change temperature by pushing fluid through it. The commands from the second bed system can be configured to cause this temperature change. The fluid used can be air.

The system can also include a firmness controller that can change the firmness of the second bed system. The commands from the second bed system can be configured to control this feature as well. Furthermore, the system can control the temperature and illumination of the environment surrounding the second bed system. It can also articulate an articulating foundation of the second bed system.

The second central controller can determine if a user is present on the second bed system and issue commands accordingly. If the user is present, the wake-up process can be initiated. If the user is not present, second commands can be issued to terminate the wake-up process.

The system can also determine the sleep state of the user and issue commands based on this information. The sleep state can be a target sleep state selected from a range of possible sleep states, such as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Non-Rapid-Eye Movement (NREM). The determination of the sleep state can be based on factors like heart rate, respiration, and movement of the user.

The system can receive alarm settings through various user interfaces, including a remote control, a voice controller, or a web portal. The alarm setting can specify a desired time window for waking.

The second bed system can be made of foam and can include pressure-controllable air chambers. These air chambers can be controlled by a single pump or multiple pumps.

Overall, this patented system provides a comprehensive solution for monitoring and controlling sleep conditions in multiple beds, allowing for personalized and customizable sleep experiences.

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