Modern Nerd Testing Report: Sleeptracker
Hi guys, welcome back to the Modern Nerd blog. For the last couple of weeks, I have been testing a new way to wake up in the morning. I have a new piece of tech to share with all of you, and so far I am really impressed. The Sleeptracker system is a sport watch that can measure biofeedback during sleep, monitor your sleep cycles, and wake you up when you are closest to being awake already. That way you don’t risk sleeping through your alarm and you wake up refreshed and ready to go.
Information from Your Wrist
Sleeptracker Watch fits just like a regular sport watch. There are no wires to connect to heart monitors or anything. The back of the watch makes contact with your wrist and measures your vital signs. The inputs are very simple; you tell the watch when you need to be awake by at the latest. It also allows you to set a window of 10 to 60 minutes, and it will monitor you and wake you up somewhere in that window up to the latest time.
The watch has options to beep, vibrate, or both. That way you can avoid disturbing a partner or a roommate if you have to get up at different times. The beeping is about as loud as a standard kitchen timer, so while it is audible, it shouldn’t be considered loud. It is designed to work with you at your most awake stage so it doesn’t have to be.
Cycles of Sleep – What?
Most people have heard of rapid eye movement, or REM sleep. That is the ‘shallowest’ level of sleep, to continue the metaphor. This is also where you dream, which explains why sometimes you can remember your dreams or even be lucid during them. Your brain is the most ‘on’.
Deeper, regenerative sleep is further down the ladder, and the Sleeptracker watch can measure 4 levels past the REM sleep stage. As you sleep during a full 8 hours, you get less regenerative sleep and more shallow REM sleep. As the morning approaches, there are peaks at the top of the curve that could be considered the most ideal time to wake up. Your regular alarm clock doesn’t know anything about this though, which is why some mornings you get tired and groggy and some mornings you can pop right out of bed. This system is designed to tilt those scales a bit and let you wake up more refreshed or a regular basis.
How Well Does This Thing Work?
So far I am extremely impressed. I have noticed an improvement in my alertness when the alarm goes off. I am not going to tell you that it will make you spring out of bed, you still have to do that yourself. However, it has helped me a lot. The watch does not have a snooze function, so you get one shot at getting up with it. A backup alarm as an emergency measure is not a terrible idea, but for the most part I have not needed one. If you struggle to get out of bed in the morning, then I would suggest giving this a shot. Just Google Sleeptracker to get some more information.
The watch can also sync up to the computer to show you the data that it is measuring. If you are having a lot of trouble sleeping, then you can glean some useful information about your own personal sleep patterns.
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