A Yahoo! report provides an in-depth look at a new product from NordicTrack coming in August that aims to provide users a look at their sleep patterns and show how sleep influences their exercise and daily activity.

When you think NordicTrack, sleep is likely the last thing on your mind. But as any high-powered athlete might tell you, sleep is of the essence when it comes to maintaining top-notch performance. So it should come as little surprise that NordicTrack, a company best known for its line of workout equipment — treadmills, ellipticals, and the like — is now venturing into dreamland with its new collaboration with iFit.

In August, NordicTrack will unveil the latest in its sleep technology, which will help users determine how their downtime influences their active time. The company told Digital Trends it will give individuals a closer look at how sleep influences not only their daily activity, but their exercise patterns as well.

“It’s fitness technology specific for people who spend a third of their life in bed but want to know how sleep is going to influence their exercise and activity throughout the day,” iFit Marketing Director Chase Watterson told us in an interview at CE Week.

The technology, all contained in a small, disc-shaped gadget, slides under a mattress and can wirelessly detect heart rate, respiratory rate, and sleep patterns. As soon as you crawl into bed, your mattress will start keeping tabs; once you wake up, you’ll be presented with a sense of just how well you’ve slept.

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