Beddit – No frill tracking of your sleep patterns | IT Gadgets Review

Wait no more, for those who desire to understand their sleep patterns and work towards improving their sleep quality. Through Indiegogo crowd sourcing service, I’ve managed to have my hands on the first commercial batch of Beddit.

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We all know the importance of good quality sleep:

1.Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.

2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.

3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.

4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.

5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.

6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

 

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The package comprises of a cabled sensor which can be easily tape-secured above the mattress under the mattress protector, beneath the bed sheet.

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White sensor on bed

The main difference between this device and others is that no part of it touches your body. Once connected to the proprietary app, the strip keeps track of your heartbeat, respiration, and body movements. The data are used to analyze your sleep and offer information about your total sleep time, sleep staging (how much deep sleep and REM sleep you get, for instance), snoring, number of wake-ups, stress level, and so forth.

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The sensor can send data back to a person’s smartphone, that tells them when they’ve been snoring or when they’ve fallen into deep sleep.

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The sensor also tracks disturbances in the environment such as light and noise. Together with a few bits of information you enter yourself—when and how much you exercised or drank alcohol, for example—the data gathered by the Beddit appear as an analysis of your sleep patterns on the screen of your smart phone or your tablet in the morning. And every morning, the Beddit offers three ideas for improving your sleep.

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The app shows a timeline of a person’s sleep activity during the night and awards them a quality score. The app also gives personalized coaching and tips for how to improve a person’s sleep.

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