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I haven’t been wearing an activity tracker regularly at all in 2016. I love playing with wearable tech, but I’ve been disenchanted with many of them of late and while I have played with other devices, none have stuck. And you know what? I don’t really care if I’m missing out on my step counts. That was never my most favorite metric anyway. Want to know what I liked to see? Sleep data.
Boring? Perhaps… but I liked to see the ups and downs and the vindication that says “SEE! See how many times I had to get up last night? No wonder I’m tired!” or the flipside of “What do you mean I got 8 solid hours of sleep with most of it being deep sleep? I feel like I didn’t sleep at all! Did you hear my husband snoring all night, sleep tracker? I think not!”
So I was excited when I was given the opportunity to test the RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor from Sleepace. (Disclaimer: Yes, that means I was given one for free to use, abuse and review.) “I can get sleep tracking without wearing a bracelet? Cool! Sign me up!”
It’s super easy to setup. The box contains the unit, a charging cable and a tiny manual. You basically lay the strap for the unit across your mattress (under your sheet) and then put the cover on it on the side of your bed (on top of your sheet) to keep it in place.
After that, you sleep on it. The end.
Oh wait… there’s a little more.
You need to install an app that communicates with the device to crunch the info and display that data back to you. You get an overall sleep score as your main reading as well as a quick overview of your heart rate, breath rate and how long it took you to fall asleep:
Scrolling down it gives you a little more information on how your night played out. Deep sleep, light sleep, heart rate, breathing and even shows you how many times you turned over at night. I never remember to log into the app and stop the sleep recording, so it usually does some weird stuff in the graph for a while after my wake up time, even if it records an accurate wake time.
Tapping on your sleep score breaks things down a little more and tells you why you got points docked where you did.
Don’t know what they mean by one of those? That’s covered, tapping on it will give you an explanation.
The bradycardia one irks me… If you scroll down on that explanation (that I don’t have in the screen grab) it says “physiological bradycardia which is very common among those who regularly exercise…” Oh… so my low heart rate at night is normal for me and I shouldn’t be worried. So maybe I shouldn’t be docked? Maybe, maybe, maybe? 🙂
And for the most part, the data seems to be pretty accurate. Except every now and then it has a freakout and returns wildly inaccurate information. Take, for example, the night before my recent half marathon:
I woke up at 3:40am for the race. It does seem to reflect that I got up, but then it shows I’m kind of up/down/up/down until a little after 4:30 and then I drop into a coma until after 7am. Which is interesting because I was on a shuttle bus to the race start line and then I was running a race during that time. Maybe it was picking up movements from my husband’s side of the bed? The RestOn strap doesn’t extend to his side of the bed, so I have no idea what was going on there.
Speaking of husbands… I’m kind of intrigued to put this on his side of the bed and see what’s going on with him. His snoring is super annoying sometimes and he’s always had an extremely high heart rate, even at rest. I’m just curious. But then, he would be an intriguing test case for me to slap a HR wrist-based tracker to see that data. Not that he would care to know all that information.
The battery lasts for about a month. Then you just plug in a micro-USB cable, charge it up and you’re set for another month. My sheets don’t fit very well (I think a king-size Sleep Number bed is not quite exactly the same as other king size beds? Or the sheets I bought were mislabeled.) so I usually have to straighten it out each night before I lay down, tug the sheet down some. But then, I have to do that every night anyway.
Related reading: Having trouble sleeping? I sure do since I had a kid. But this post about The Step by Step Guide to Falling Asleep has a TON of information.