As working parents the thing we tend to sacrifice most in this house is our sleep. We wake up early to get a jump start on work and stay up late to spend some extra time with the kids or catch up DVR’d TV shows. It starts out as a night here or a morning there and before we know it our sleep schedules are a mess – we’re irritable, drinking coffee all day, rummaging through the pantry for junk food at night – we know that poor sleep has a huge impact on our health and after a while it becomes impossible to ignore the signs. My husband is the biggest offender, trying to cram work, family time and a bedroom remodel into every one of his days. A big goal for him has been to find a healthier sleep schedule so that he can feel better throughout the day. So he tested out the RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor from SleepAce.
The RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor is a non-wearable monitor that collects data while you sleep. You can retrieve the information from an app on your phone in the morning, seeing a break down of your entire night as well as tips and advice for improving your sleep habits. We tried the RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor for two weeks, to see if it could really change the way my husband approached sleep.
I think our favorite thing about this particular device is that you don’t need to wear any part of it on your body. Other sleep monitors require you to attach a device around your chest, and if you are already having problems sleeping this certainly doesn’t help. The RestOn monitor is placed between your mattress and sheets. The monitoring strip is thin and after a few moments you won’t even feel it under you. There is a portion of the device that hangs against the side of your bed, where you can easily turn it on and off. We were worried that the device would shift or move, requiring us to reposition it, and have been pleasantly surprised to find that it stays put even after the kids have jumped and rolled around in our bed on a weekend morning.
The RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor collects different types of data to monitor your nights sleep: you heart rate, respiratory rate and sleep cycle (how long it took to fall asleep, how often you woke throughout the night, the amount of time spent in deep sleep). All of this information is sent to the RestOn app on your phone or iPad and used to calculate a numerical sleep score of 1-100 that ranks the quality of your sleep. That score is then broken down by category to show you where the biggest problems are, then offers advice for correcting those problems and achieving a better nights sleep.
Starting our my husband achieved very low scores, and followed suggestions in the app to improve his sleep. He started going to bed early and waking earlier. This change in routine allowed him to fall asleep faster and sleep less restlessly through the night. He still had time to get everything done throughout the day, but by waking earlier instead of staying up late he weas utilizing his time in bed more efficiently and getting a more restful sleep. That translated to more energy throughout the day, being in a better mood and relying less on caffeine, which in turn also helped his heartburn.
Where accuracy is concerned, my husband did test the RestOn results against a more traditional heart rate and respiratory monitor worn around his chest and found the results to be the same on both devices. We were both impressed at how the RestOn achieved those results without requiring a device to be worn on the body. As far as the sleep score, he found that to be personally accurate. He could wake up in the morning and tell me “I feel terrible, I bet I had a restless sleep” and we would look at the app and sure enough he would have scored poorly. Other days he would wake up feeling great and find a high score waiting for him in the app.
A few other things to note: the device was always consistent for him. Even when I had a restless nights sleep, getting in and out of bed often, the app didn’t pick up my movement. Occasionally we also have our three year old climb into bed with us, and the RestOn never picked up his tossing and turning. RestOn also has a feature that uses gentle vibration to wake you up in the morning without the jarring sound of an alarm. When in use my husband says this felt very much like naturally waking up (as opposed to sudden jerk of piercing alarm), but I never felt it on my side of the bed. It seems to me that a couple would even be able to use two of these monitors on one bed and get accurate results on each.
Charging is simple through a USB cable and the bluetooth connection to your phone is easy to set up. We haven’t had any problems connecting the device to the app (using an iPhone). The app is user friendly and easy to navigate with a very polished interface. There are many useful features packed into the app that cover aspects of sleep, health and wellness. My husband has gone from exhausted night owl to a much more productive morning person in two weeks time, simply by using RestOn to learn the best sleep habits for his body.
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