As technology gets more sophisticated — and stressed-out consumers find it harder to get some shut-eye — Sleep Number thinks the day could arrive when a mattress can be covered by health insurance.
Sleep disorders — which the Centers for Disease Control has deemed a public health crisis— have been linked to health conditions like heart disease.
Meanwhile, institutions like the Mayo Clinic are shelling out millions to fund studies on why people find it harder to rest. And just Friday, Sleep Number competitor Casper Sleep filed paperwork to go public, citing the opportunities presented by what it estimated is a $432 billion sleep economy.
It’s also a hot button issue for technology companies looking to get a slice of healthcare spending that’s set to get even larger. Apple, Samsung and Google — which recently acquired Fitbit— are all analyzing sleep patterns through wearables.
Read more about the possibility of mattresses being covered by health care on the Yahoo! Finance website HERE