As the movement to quantify everything we do continues at a feverish pace, sleep-tracking tech is becoming more and more common — no longer is it just a secondary feature of fitness trackers. The overarching idea is that, with additional information about the quality of your sleep, you can begin to make changes in your lifestyle to improve it!.
Today, there are a handful of different products on the market capable of measuring your nightly rest and each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. After studying all the smartest options, we decided that the Withings sleep tracking mat is the best option for a standalone device with lots of great information. But we’ve also picked a number of other excellent trackers for specific purposes, so take a look at the whole list.
Withings sleep tracking mat
Withings produced a number of excellent trackers, and this sleeping mat is one of the best smart sleep devices around. Put it under your mattress, and it will keep track of your sleep cycles, breathing, snoring episodes, disturbances, and more. Using the app, you can chart your sleep, watch for problems, and monitor conditions, like sleep apnea, to see what improves your sleep.
If you don’t like looking at charts, Withings provides a simple sleep score that sums up how your night went. You can also get personalized suggestions and tips on how to get a better night’s sleep based on your results. It’s one of the best tracker options available, and it doesn’t require adding any devices to your nightstand!
Beddit Sleep Tracker
Beddit is one of the original sleep trackers that didn’t require you to wear something likely to interfere with your sleep. The Beddit shrinks the sensor even more — so much so you’ll likely not even feel it there. It’s only 2 millimeters thin. You can also track all kinds of sleep data using the Beddit (for Model 3.5) app, including sleep duration, snoring, quality, respiration rate, and even your heart rate, and the device automatically knows when you’re asleep so you don’t have to bother with anything.
Lookee Ring Sleep Monitor
The Lookee Ring is actually a finger sensor that’s designed for more serious monitoring purposes. Specifically, it records blood oxygen levels and heart rate during sleep to watch for problems. It can also vibrate to warn if blood oxygen levels fall below a preset level that you can customize for your situation, using the related Lookee app. The Ring lasts around 16 hours on one charge, and charges in about two to four hours. It’s a great device for pairing with sleep apnea treatments or other serious illnesses where monitoring sleep health is important. However, if you aren’t looking for a tool to use in these situations, you may find the price too high for more casual sleep tracking.
Pillow Automatic Sleep Tracker app
If you already have an Apple Watch, there’s a great app that’s free to download and use, as long as you don’t mind sleeping with your Apple Watch on (it can work from a nearby iPad or iPhone, but won’t be nearly as accurate). The Pillow app can be set as an alarm clock, but its real potential lies in highly accurate sleep tracking that looks at your heart, sleep stages, and the overall progression of your sleep cycles. You get access to a multitude of graphs and comparisons along with long-term tracking reports that show you how your sleep has changed over time. It can even record sounds like snoring in your sleep if you want.
Sleep Number SleepIQ K1 Kids Bed
Sleep Number’s SleepIQ for kids makes a lot of sense, even if the bed might be a bit on the pricey side. It’s a mattress with an integrated sleep monitor, which allows parents to monitor their child’s sleep patterns directly from an app. It’s similar to other 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 also monitors sleep without the need for a bracelet or mattress pad, and the bed comes equipped with a night light parents can turn off remotely when their child falls asleep. Parents can even receive alerts when their child leaves the bed. Read more here.
We’re big fans of Beautyrest’s Sleeptracker, having tested the unit when it first came out in 2017. You place the sensors between your mattress and boxspring, which makes it even less noticeable than the ultra-thin sensors you typically place beneath your sheets with other models. Once installed, the device automatically detects when you fall asleep and records heart and respiratory rate. It also utilizes a built-in artificial intelligence to detect various sleep stages — light, deep, and REM. Over time, the A.I. engine works to provide you with better sleeping tips based on individual sleep habits, as well as any information you provide after a night of sleep. It’s certainly worth the price, even if it is one of the more expensive options on our list. Read more here.
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