The ability to accurately measure your sleep used to require expensive equipment and a room full of scientists. But thanks to the latest and greatest technologies, sleep tracking is becoming more and more affordable. There are now many dedicated devices being manufactured that are able to accurately and cheaply measure sleeping patterns.
And while there are many different products to choose from, not all of them are 100% accurate. So we have created this list of our favorite sleep trackers that will get the job done right – so you can get a good night’s sleep.
The Withings Aura is easily the most unique looking sleep tracker on the market. The device resembles a dorade box (think cruise ship) and omits an eerie glow that will change colors depending on how well you are sleeping. The lamp will emit a red glow that will slowly dim as you drift off to sleep. Supposedly, this is to simulate the sun setting. It also has the ability to play over 20 different soothing sounds. The Aura comes with a mattress sensor that is more than capable of monitoring your heart rate for improved accuracy. It can also detect your breathing patterns and when you get in and out of bed. Extras include the ability to monitor noise levels and ambient temperature readings.
S+ by ResMed
The S+ is a scientifically designed device that was created by a company that normally specializes in CPAP machines. It has the unique distinction of being completely hands-free. The S+ plus is able to monitor your heart rate via radio waves and it can also capture environmental details such as ambient light and room temperature.
Unique to the S+ is its mind clear future, which allows you to take a quick recording before you go to sleep and get feedback on your thoughts later on. The app will also give you a sleep score, to make it easier to keep track of your resting patterns without having to dig through complicated graphs and charts.
While isn’t a dedicated sleep tracking system in and of itself, the Jawbone UP4 can easily double as one in a pinch. The jawbone has an embedded bio impedance heart rate monitor, which is perfect for quantifying your sleep with. It’s app is also quite detailed, and you will build a track your levels of REM, light, and deep sleep.
As far as fitness trackers go, the Up is more than capable – it has the ability to track your steps, calories, and distance. The Jawbone also has the ability to recognize over 20 different activities automatically. It also includes an anti-idle alarm which is handy if you are someone who has a sedentary job.
Beddit Smart 2.0
The Beddit Smart system is a new product that was created out of a joint venture between Misfit and Vital med labs. The device uses a new form of heart rate tracking, called Ballistocardiography. Supposedly, this is a much more accurate form of heart rate monitoring than traditional technologies. We especially like the smart coach feature, which will give you helpful sleeping tips after the device has measured a few nights of sleeping data.
The device is also quite sleek and is pretty much unnoticeable. Those who are sensitive to large and obtrusive sensors may want to look into this one.
There’s no doubt about it – the sense just looks plain cool. And it doesn’t skimp on features either: you’ll be able to monitor ambient light, temperature, sound, humidity, and air quality. The sense is completely motion controlled, and features a contact less sensor.
The Sense also has a smart alarm of course, which will wake you when you are at your most rested.
Sleep tracking technology is improving daily, and it is becoming quite inexpensive to quantify your sleep. With the devices on this list, you should be well on your way to achieving the perfect night’s sleep .