The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is collaborating with Google to share evidence-based recommendations and sleep tips with consumers through the new Sleep Sensing feature available on the second-generation Nest Hub. Google announced that the new product will be available in the online Google Store on March 30.
“The AASM is committed to enhancing sleep health to improve lives, so we are excited to work with Google to provide research-backed recommendations to help people better understand and improve their sleep,” said AASM President Dr. Kannan Ramar. “These recommendations can help anyone understand how to sleep well on a regular basis.”
Sleep Sensing provides an effortless way to track your sleep and gain personal insights for better sleep with tips from the AASM. According to Google, when the Nest Hub is positioned near the bed, Sleep Sensing tracks the sleep of the person closest to the display through a low-energy radar that detects movement and breathing. Using this data, Sleep Sensing estimates when you went to bed, when you woke up, and how long you slept. The AASM recommends that adults should sleep 7 or more hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
Other sensors in Nest Hub can detect sounds like snoring and coughing, as well as environmental factors such as light and room temperature. These sensors help assess your sleep quality and help identify potential causes of sleep disruption. In the morning, Nest Hub shows your sleep summary, and your sleep data syncs with the Google Fit app. After learning your sleep habits and patterns, Sleep Sensing gives you personalized insights and recommendations that draw on the science available from the sleep community and the expertise of the AASM.
“To understand their sleep-tracking data, consumers need more than just numbers and graphs,” said AASM President-Elect Dr. Raman Malhotra. “Helping people understand the context of their sleep data and providing personalized information can help them focus on the factors that are most important to their sleep. Google’s partnership with the AASM highlights their commitment to organizing the world’s information by sharing the best our field has to offer in order to help people stay on track with healthy sleep habits, starting with focusing on a healthy sleep duration.”
According to Google, Sleep Sensing is not intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, prevent or treat any disease or condition. In a previously published position statement on consumer sleep technology, the AASM noted that sleep-tracking devices are not substitutes for medical evaluation. However, sleep trackers may be utilized to enhance the patient-clinician interaction when presented in the context of an appropriate clinical evaluation. Help for anyone with a sleep problem is available from more than 2,700 AASM-accredited sleep disorders centers across the U.S.
Google has announced that the second-gen Nest Hub will come with a free preview of Sleep Sensing until next year. To learn more, visit the Google Store.