I have been using the Eight Sleep for over two years now. During the summer we do a lot of camping which we enjoy very much, but the time away really helps me appreciate the many benefits of sleeping on my Eight Sleep Mattress. In this article, I will cover some of those features, what I enjoy, what I feel could be improved, and my overall thoughts on if this is worth it as it is an expensive bed. I have also creating many reviews on YouTube so I will link those throughout the video.
If you get the Eight Sleep Pod Mattress, I describe it as a firmer foam style bed. I had a Tempur-Pedic and did not like it personally. You really sink into the mattress which can be conformable at first, but what I ended up realizing is that I was so sunk into the bed that I was not moving in my sleep. This resulted in waking up very sore. The Eight Sleep is not like this. It is still soft enough to be comfortable but not so soft that you sink into it. A good balance in my opinion and I have been very happy with the feel. If this does not sound like your style, you can still get the Eight Sleep Pod Cover and get all the Eight Sleep benefits but on a mattress of your choosing.
Pre-Heating & Pre-Cooling
I don't know about you, but I have a very busy life and too often stay up late looking for an opportunity to relax because they are few and far between. I don't feel like calling it a night even though I know I need to. With the Eight Sleep, the bed automatically pre-heats in the winter and pre-cools in the summer. This makes crawling into bed a lot more enjoyable (I actually look forward to it) and improves my odds of getting that sleep I need because I now enjoy going to bed.
I cannot stand waking abruptly from an alarm that scares me awake. With Eight Sleep, it wakes you in stages. First, the bed will start warming or cooling before you are due to wake. Sometimes, this is all it takes because as I start to warm up, I naturally wake up. If that does not wake me up, the bed will vibrate. By this point, I have usually started to wake a bit so it is not startling at all. I am able to transition from sleep to getting out of bed gently making getting your day started a much more positive experience.
Heating & Cooling
The top feature of this bed. On the model bed I have, I can set the cooling and heating from -10 to +10. When I first got the bed, I figured I would be cranking the bed to get it to the levels I want. I quickly realized, I stay in a range of -3 to +3. That is all I need to feel more than comfortable on cold or warm nights. Point here is, the bed can really warm up and cool down but has plenty more in it. I never have felt like I have gotten any where close to to the limits of this bed.
In addition to the heating & cooling, you have a nightly schedule. This means mean you do not have to set one heating or cooling level and stick with it. Conditions change, your natural body temperature changes during different sleep stages, and having the bed change with you as your needs change greatly enhances sleep quality. This bed has four stages including before you get to bed, two stages during the majority of your sleep, and a beginning to wake stage.
I usually do not get enough sleep. I struggle when I do not get a lot of sleep and this makes getting out of bed almost painful at times. With Eight Sleep, I get better quality sleep, I am more likely to go to bed early, and it wakes me up slowly instead of jarring me awake. This has been a nice improvement to my daily life. When I get woke up so abruptly after not getting enough sleep, not great quality sleep, and then an alarm basically scaring me awake; I feel almost angry to be waking up. Eight Sleep improves this dramatically from multiple angles.
As mentioned, I struggle when my sleep quantity and quality are limited. This impacts every portion of my day. From the little tasks, job performance, fitting the exercise I want in, patience with my kids, and putting in all the time into my YouTube channel. I end up finding excuses, moving slow, or getting frustrated. Everything is harder when your quality of sleep is poor. Eight Sleep has dramatically improved this. I am not going to say this is the only factor in better sleep. A lot goes into this including diet, exercise, managing stress, hydration, and actually getting the amount of sleep your body craves. I do feel like the Eight Sleep has been a fundamental part of my personal journey to not be dragging, exhausted, and half falling asleep all day long. I really do feel better when I sleep on my Eight Sleep. It only gets better as I get my Eight Sleep schedule optimized for me. Last, when I focus on those other items already mentioned as well as not having any calories 3 hours before bed, I feel soooo much better. I am ready to tackle the day, have motivation to to accomplish things, and feel like whatever I am going to be doing, I have more energy and excitement to get it done and done well. Everything is just easier.
Does It Last?
I was asked on one of my YouTube videos if the effects last or fade away over time. I believe the question was tied to taking supplements or other health promoting items that you feel initially but seem to fade away over time as your body adjusts. We are talking about sleep here and dramatically improving that quality of sleep. I personally have never noticed the effects reducing. This is not a pill that loses effectiveness over time. These are real benefits that help you sleep deeper, reduce sleep interruptions, and maximize whatever sleep you do get. Two years in, it is every bit as helpful to my sleep as it was when I got it. (If not better as app improvements continue to improve the product)
Eight Sleep Durability and Longevity
When you consider purchasing something that costs this much, you expect it to last. I can only speak to my experience but in over 2 years, we have had zero issues. And we have not taken it lightly on this bed. While obviously my wife and I sleep on it and I am a bigger guy at 6'3" and 225 pounds, my three kids play on it way too rough, we have cat that loves to sleep on it, and a puppy for almost a year that jumps up and down from it what seems like a dozen times when she gets the zoomies. No leaks, no feature failures, no problems controlling it with our phones... nothing. Just like the day we bought it.
The Eight Sleep app is your single stop for all things sleep and Eight Sleep. From within the app, you can:
What I Would Like to See Improved
Ease Your Mind
Sometime technology like this can be intimidating and you wonder if you can take advantage of it or if you will be overwhelmed. Fancy bed with sensors, a control hub, you need load water, connect to WIFI, and use your app to manage. That sounds like a lot. Well, I can tell you it has been very easy and just about anyone can jump in and take full advantage. Most things are plug and play. Put your mattress on the bed, zip on the cover, and plug into the hub. Very easy. Put some water in the hub (which you do not need to do this often). You then connect to your WIFI just like you have with other devices. From there, you get to use the app and I will say it is laid out very well. It flows in a way that you easily figure out how to get to different features. Nothing is hidden and you quickly take full advantage of everything they offer. In short, do not be intimidated. It is very easy to setup and use!
This is where I and many others struggle. You see a product. You know it would be good for you. Then, you see the price and question if it is good enough to justify that price. To help you understand where I come from, if there is any area of my life that I am willing to invest more money... it is my health. How I feel impacts everything from my day to day enjoyment to overall quality of life. So, personally, I am going to justify a purchase like this a little easier than others may. Second, you spend a third of every day sleeping. The quality of this sleep impacts so many things in your personal life and overall enjoyment of life. So, yes, I am completely okay with spending money on a nice bed. Eight sleep or not, I think it is a smart way to spend your money. Not too many decisions in your life can have as big of impact on you as good versus poor sleep. In regards to Eight Sleep, if my house burnt down and I had to buy a new bed, I would not hesitate to purchase another Eight Sleep. My wife would probably demand it. It has been that great to us. While pricy, I think it is still a fantastic value when you factor in what it does for you.
Final Thoughts & Discount Code
Before I forget to mention it, if you use my link (Click Here) and discount code (LearnWithTravis) you will save 50 dollars so don't forget that if you decide to get it. But to wrap this up with a final impression to how much we enjoy Eight Sleep. It has been over two years. The excitement of something new has passed. Yet, every time we get in to our bed we are still likely to make that "Oh Yeah" sound because it is so comfortable. On weekend mornings we tend to linger in bed a while because we are so comfortable. We still talk about how much better we feel when we sleep on Eight Sleep compared to other beds (Camping during the summer). This has not turned out to be one of those things you forget about and don't really appreciate. We love it, completely appreciate everything it offers, and would not hesitate to get a new one if we needed a bed for some crazy reason.