Trend: Sleep-assisting kit
Up the quality of your kip with a specialist sleep tracker
Sleep better with zzzz-monitoring tech
This surreptitious sleep sensor is attached to a thin plastic strip resting at chest level underneath your mattress. It’s sensitive enough to pick up heart rate, movement and snoring during the night, although it doesn’t sit there silently for half an hour then dig you violently in the ribs as a human partner would. An app collates the deets, before an alarm rouses you during a light sleep cycle to awake refreshed.
US$150, misfit.com, out now
It may look like a luminous, Tom Baker-era Dr Who prop but this sleep-tracking orb has raised over $1 million on Kickstarter. Connecting via Bluetooth LE to a pillow-attached “Sleep Pill”, it monitors your movements during the night with humidity, temperature and proximity sensors. The app then hands you a “Sleep Score” each morning which, if bad, may cause you to lose sleep. Irony.
US$129, hello.is, out November
A complete snooze solution, if you will, this tracks temperature, noise and light pollution as you doze, while a slightly incontinence pad-style cloth sensor takes note of your heart rate and movement. Results are collated on an app so you can optimise your bed and wake times/buy a house somewhere more quiet/start taking heavy tranquilisers. It also emits a cool blue light to lull you to sleep and wakes you with a Tango sunrise.
$TBC, withings.com, out su mmer