NOKIA SLEEP SENSING & HOME AUTOMATION PAD
My eyes are drooping, I need sleep. First, though, I must master one of modern life’s tribulations: pairing a mobile phone to a Bluetooth device.
Valuable minutes of sleep slide away until I manage to connect the Sleep Sensor and Pad to the Nokia Health Mate app on my phone. Not a moment too soon, I slip the pad under my mattress and fall into bed.
As someone who sleeps seven hours a night, I need to be lying down eight hours before my alarm goes off. So when I wake to a tracking report – I slept six hours and 59 minutes – it’s hardly a surprise. But what’s fascinating is the other data: my heart rate ( a healthy 60 beats per minute), snoring ( all clear), interruptions (two), sleep cycles ( more light and REM than deep).
While it’s normal to wake a few times, calling them ‘interruptions’ makes me feel anxious. Still, my sleep score is a not-too-shabby 82/100. The pad pinpoints my night with accuracy, and I’m soon hooked. After a late-night score of 47, I’m desperate to do better. I want to prove I’m a good sleeper.
In our ‘me’ obsessed world, engrossing myself in my own sleep pattern is as addictive as Instagram. Night three and I spot a chink – 21 minutes of snoring! They definitely belong to the other person in the bed, a snorer, and are responsible for at least one of my sleep interruptions.
Taking the pad for a weekend away, I sleep heavily, despite the unfamiliar surroundings, and can’t wait to see whether it agrees. Horror. Nothing. It’s not even connected. How can I possibly know if I slept well?
I try again the next night. I reset the pad, but still nothing happens. On Sunday night, back at home, I’m still struggling to connect them with little luck.
Perhaps it has more to do with my ineptitude than the pad’s, but I’m certain none of this is conducive to a healthy pre-bed routine. I give up.
Our love affair was brief but impactful. From now on I’ll prioritise that early night. But the interruptions, the snoring, the sleep cycles? Those I can do without.
For those who struggle with sleep, the pad may prove that you’re sleeping more than you thought. But if you’re already dangerously obsessed with your sleep, it becomes an enabler. $ 230; visit health.nokia. com/au