While health and wellness have been a consistent trend for many years, for obvious reasons, how we treat our minds and bodies — as well as our communities and the environment — has taken on even greater importance over the last couple of years.
Wellness is a common term, but the reality is it can mean different things to different people — anything from better health, fitness, nutrition and mindfulness to our appearance and how we sleep.
With Smart Home technology becoming so intertwined with how we live at home, companies like Google are taking the opportunity to ramp up health and wellness functionality on their devices. Google recently added a sleep tracking feature to its Nest Hub (2nd gen) called Sleep Sensing1. It works with a miniature radar sensor to detect and analyze body movement, coughing, snoring, and even room temperature to help people seek better quality sleep solutions2. Importantly, with privacy in mind, the technology doesn’t register specific faces or bodies, use a camera or require the sleeper to wear a device to bed3.
Improving drinking water is also important to Canadians. Many effective water purification options are available that could help improve the quality of your home’s water supply — from whole-home chlorine filters and reverse osmosis filters to iron filters and water softening systems. Check out our Ultimate Water Purification Guide to learn more about available options.
Did You Know?
In a 2021 survey by McKinsey Research of roughly 7,500 consumers in six countries, 79 percent of the respondents said they believe that wellness is important, and 42 percent consider it a top priority.
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1Sleep Sensing features are subject to your permissions and settings. They use motion, sound and other device and sensor data to work. They also require placing the device close to the bed and calibrating for your sleeping position. Google Assistant, the Google Fit app and other Google apps may be required for full functionality. Google Assistant requires a Google Account.
2Nest Hub with Sleep Sensing is not intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, prevent or treat any disease or condition and should not be used as an alternative to seeking appropriate medical advice or treatment where needed. Consult your healthcare professional for questions about your health.
3Device placement and nearby people, pets or noises can cause inaccurate readings.