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Seven easy ways to track your sleep habits with technology

As the movement to pack sensors into everything we own and quantify everything we do continues at a feverish pace, sleep tracking tech is becoming more and more common. And no longer is it just a secondary feature of fitness trackers. The overarching idea behind it all is that with more information about the quality of your sleep at hand, you can begin to make changes in your lifestyle to improve it, which will then in turn have a positive effect on your mental and physical well-being.

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Today, there are a handful of different products on the market that can measure your nightly rest, and each has its own specific set of advantages and disadvantages, so we’ve put together this overview to help you figure out which one is right for you.

Hello Sense and Sleep Pill ($129)

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Sense sleep tracker is sensible in every way. The hassle-free sphere consistently tracks sleep without a wristband or remembering to engage sleep mode settings. The bird-nest-esque tracker is equipped with a whole bunch of sensors — including a microphone, light sensor, particulate sensor, and temperature and humidity sensor — that work to log a summary of your sleep environment. The environmental tracking data is combined with Sense’s tiny “sleep pill” that attaches to your pillow to log sleep patterns. The result is a sleep log that is displayed on Sense’s mobile app to give you a comprehensive sleep grade and provide a snapshot of how the bedroom environment factored into your sleep. With a 12-month lifespan, Sense requires less maintenance than that cactus you got from your sister three years ago. Read our full review here.

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Beddit 2.0 Sleep Tracker ($100)

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The original Beddit was a pretty big success, and the second version of the device adds a number of great new features. The Beddit Sleep Tracker basically uses ultra-thin sensors that are tucked under your bed sheets, which allow it to track things like sleep duration, quality, respiration rate, and even your heart rate. You don’t have to tell the device that you’re going to sleep, either — it will automatically know when you’re going to sleep. The device uses Bluetooth LE to connect to your phone, and using the app, you can see all of your sleep details and use those metrics to help improve your sleep. Read more here.

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Sleep Number SleepIQ Kids Bed ($700+)

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At CES 2015, Sleep Number introduced the SleepIQ for kids. It makes a lot of sense, considering just how important sleep is for children. It’s a mattress with an integrated sleep monitor that allows parents to monitor their child’s sleep patterns directly from an app. It’s similar to the Sleep Number mattresses, except this one has a few incentives to please the tykes, including gold stars for a good night’s sleep and a “monster detector” that illuminates the space under the bed when the kid wakes up. The mattress will also monitor sleep without the need for a bracelet or mattress pad, and the bed comes equipped with a night light that parents can turn-off remotely when the child falls asleep. Parents can even receive alerts when their kid leaves the bed.

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Sevenhugs HugOne ($180)

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The HugOne family sleep monitor is a little like the minivan of the sleep monitoring world. It’s not probably not going to provide the most accurate data, but it will provide a non-invasive, affordable way to monitor your family’s sleep. Read, no wristbands or mattress pads. And it’s actually quite affordable, the HugOne Hub ($170) connects to cracker-sized sensors called “mini hugs” (the box includes two mini hugs, additional mini hugs can be purchased for $30) to monitor your family’s sleep patterns and sends alerts when a someone wakes or when the air quality has dipped below a certain point. MiniHugs are essentially cracker sized sensors that are placed at the corner of each bed to log data on HugOne’s app, which is available for Android and iOS. Like other monitors, the Hub also will alert you when it’s a good time to wake up based off sleep cycles. Read more here.

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S+ by ResMed ($80)

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One of the more advanced devices on this list is the S+, by a company called ResMed. The somewhat large device basically sits on your nightstand and tracks your sleeping habits, without requiring you to put something under your bed sheets. How does it do that? With a combination of ultrasonic pulses and sonar, of course! Using the aforementioned tech, the device is capable of seeing through your blankets and monitoring your chest movements as you breathe, which helps indicate the quality of your sleep. Perhaps even cooler than that is the fact that the device can match your breathing rhythm to the tempo of music that can help lull you to sleep. You’ll need your phone to do so, however, as the device plays music via your phone’s speaker.

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Misfit Ray ($100)

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You don’t necessarily have to buy a dedicated sleep tracker — you could opt for a more inclusive fitness tracker, which can then wear around your wrist as you sleep. One of the better ones out there for tracking your sleeping patterns is the Misfit Ray, which is a slim tracker that can detect things like motion, as well as when you’re awake and asleep. You can also edit when you’re awake after the fact — just in case it gets one of your bathroom trips wrong — though critics argue that the device is pretty accurate and rarely needs editing. Of course, another draw to using something like this is that it will track your daily activities as well as your sleep cycles. Read more here.

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Withings Aura ($300)

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The Aura is a lot like the Beddit Sleep Tracker, but comes with a few more features. As with Beddit, the Aura comes equipped with a ballistocardiography sensor pad that slips under your mattress and tracks your movements, heart rate, and respiration — but this pad is also attached to a color-changing light and speaker. Using these two components in tandem, Aura can sense when you’re in bed and emit wavelengths of light that help you fall asleep faster, and also determine when you’re about to wake up and flick on a blue light to wake you at the best possible time. Your sleep data will automatically sync with the Withing’s app, aka Health Mate, which will then display your total sleep time alongside metrics culled from other Withings products. The Aura works with the iPhone 4S and later, however, if you’re an Android user, your device will need Bluetooth LE. Read our full review here.

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