ZOOMER Magazine - - VITALITY -

1Slip the new Ear­lySense LIVE mon­i­tor under the mat­tress and be pre­pared for the next time your doc­tor asks about how you’re sleep­ing. In ad­di­tion to sleep qual­ity and quan­tity, the sen­sor tracks heart­beat, res­pi­ra­tion and even stress level. Re­ports are sent to the smart­phone app, and users are alerted about changes that may war­rant a doc­tor’s con­sult. The re­ports can be shared with up to five other users who can also choose to get alerts if, say, you’re out of bed for an ex­tended pe­riod in the mid­dle of the night. Plus, the app also works as an alarm. Set a wake-up win­dow and in­stead of in the mid­dle of a dream (deep sleep), the app will sound dur­ing the light­est part of your sleep cy­cle. It turns out we re­peat our sleep cy­cle through­out the night and wak­ing up any­time af­ter the be­gin­ning of one can cause grog­gi­ness that can last all day. $200,­byearl­y­

2Good for fill­ing time at the phar­macy, yes, but check­ing your blood pres­sure a bit more reg­u­larly may not be a bad idea since hy­per­ten­sion – ab­nor­mally high pres­sure – is the lead­ing cause of death world­wide. It in­creases risk for heart at­tack, stroke and kid­ney fail­ure. Hy­per­ten­sion Canada has re­leased new guide­lines that in­clude at-home mon­i­tor­ing as a means of pre­ven­tion for the 7.5 million Cana­di­ans man­ag­ing high blood pres­sure. The new BIOS Di­ag­nos­tics Pro­to­col 7D (short for seven day) Mark II por­ta­ble mon­i­tor fea­tures a large easy-to-read dig­i­tal dis­play, but it’s what’s inside that re­ally counts. Soft­ware au­to­mat­i­cally stores and av­er­ages re­sults each week with a re­port that can be sent di­rectly to your doc­tor via Blue­tooth. Plus, a twice-a-day alarm re­minds you when it’s time to take your pres­sure. No ex­cuses. $140, at phar­ma­cies across Canada; for more info, go to biosmed­i­ —Tara Losin­ski

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