Google Nest Moves into Wellness with New Sleep-Sensing Feature

Jason Knott  • March 18, 2021

The Google Nest Hub display listens for the breathing of the person closest to the display to track their sleep

Google Nest is moving into the wellness arena for the first time with a new sleep tracking feature in its second-generation $99 Nest Hub display product.

According to a blog on the Google Health website, the new Nest Hub has what is called Sleep Sensing that uses Motion Sense to analyze how the person closest to the display is sleeping, based on their movement and breathing — without a camera or wearable. Sleep Sensing can also detect sleep disturbances like coughing and snoring, or the light and temperature changes in the room with Nest Hub’s built-in microphones and ambient light and temperature sensors, so users can better understand from a wellness standpoint what is impacting their sleep, says Google. 

According to Ashton Udall, product manager at Google Nest, “Every morning you’ll receive a personalized sleep summary on your display, or you can view your sleep data anytime on the Nest Hub by asking, “Hey Google, how did I sleep?” Sleep Sensing can also connect to your Google Fit app on Android and iOS devices, so you can see your sleep summary alongside your other health and wellness information.”