Why you should care
Because a good night’s sleep is always worth it.
We all want to know why the hell a good night’s sleep is so elusive. Is it that we spend too much time in front of a screen? Is it our partner’s fault? Or could it be that we spend our nights alternately shivering and then drenched in sweat?
If that last scenario sounds about right, Providence, Rhode Island-based inventor Mark Aramli thinks he has the answer: the $299 BedJet V2, his attempt to provide the perfect sleeping conditions by controlling the temperature of your actual bed — not your bedroom. There have been dozens of studies, Aramli tells OZY, that confirm how temperature affects sleep. “It all boils down to being at the right temperature at the right time of night,” Aramli says. The BedJet V2 — which looks like a hood scoop from a futuristic drag car — sits beside or under your bed and pumps warm or cool air through the layers of your bedding, via a flexible tube and a hard plastic nozzle that attaches to your mattress.
Increase or decrease your bed’s temperature manually with a remote control.
It looks like it could power the International Space Station — perhaps not a coincidence given Aramli’s previous gig as a NASA space suit designer — and yet it runs at a whisper. The original BedJet, which has been selling on Amazon for six months, lets you increase or decrease your bed’s temperature manually with a remote control. The V2 improves on this design through the use of a smartphone app, which gives you far more granular control. Every 20 minutes of the night can have its own setting, with the app suggesting presets based on your age, weight and other factors. Now, what if you like it hot and your partner likes it cool? You’ll need to get two BedJets and set different temperatures for each side of the bed.
It’s a clever system, but not perfect. Some Amazon reviewers have complained of irregular spots around their feet — something Aramli says can be caused by bed covers that are too heavy or too light. And sleep expert Dr. Brian Wind is concerned that the BedJet doesn’t follow the user’s natural thermoregulatory pattern, which he thinks could limit its effectiveness. Wind also wonders if using a device like the BedJet might mask serious sleep problems, like apnea.
At the moment, the closest competitor to the BedJet is the Luna, a $235 smart mattress cover. It offers a host of advanced monitoring functions and integration with your other smart devices, which goes above and beyond what the BedJet app can do, but it can only make your bed warmer, not cooler, than the ambient temperature.
If this doesn’t work, then maybe it’s time to tell your significant other you need separate beds. It’s either that or you have to set aside your iPhone, which we all know isn’t going to happen.