As the movement to quantify everything we do continues at a feverish pace, sleep-tracking tech is becoming more and more common — it’s no longer 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 lifestyle changes to promote a healthier night’s rest.
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 the Withings sleep tracking mat is the best option for a standalone device with lots of great information. We’ve also picked a number of other excellent trackers for specific purposes, so take a look at the whole list.
Note: Those with thinner mattresses may see more accurate information with many of these sensors. Sensors are, generally speaking, designed to track only one person’s rest. Pets who sleep on the bed may also throw off results, although that’s not always a factor.
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.
Another sensor designed to fit under your mattress (with a partner device monitoring from the side), the Emfit QS excels at high-quality, plentiful data for heart rate, breathing rate, sleep cycles, movement, time asleep, and more. It’s specially designed for athletes who are trying to maximize the amount of healthy sleep they get, but anyone can use it for accurate results. It boasts a particularly powerful “ballistocardiograph” for monitoring bio-signals and tracking useful information.
Viatom Overnight Wrist Oxygen Monitor
This particular sleep monitor is designed for a very specific purpose: It measures blood oxygen levels and is designed for medical conditions where this may be an issue. If the monitor detects extra-low blood oxygen or problems with your heart rate, it has a small vibrator that will buzz to wake you up. The whole thing is powered by a rechargeable battery that lasts 12 to 16 hours, so there’s no annoying cords or cables to worry about. It’s also really simple to use, turning on automatically and downloading data when connected to your computer.
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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