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To wear or not to wear…your sleep tracker


Wearable sleep tracking has been an alluring target for tech giants for nearly a decade. But this year, Amazon and Google are investing in another kind of technology: passive sleep monitors that keep tabs on rest from the bedside, Erin writes in a new story. The companies’ moves suggest a widening strategy aimed at making sleep monitoring devices more clinically and practically useful. Small details — like Google’s decision to link to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine — could also help win over skeptical clinicians, which will be key to adoption in the long run. “That makes it more collaborative,” said Seema Khosla, medical director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep. “Rather than, ‘I’m a behemoth and I will squash you, tiny sleep doctor.’”

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