Beddit And Forget It: Unobtrusive Sleep Tracking Unveils Habits

 In Big Data, Body Monitor, Coaching, Hardware + Software, Quantified Self, Sleep, Uncategorized, Vital Signs

The Beddit Sleep Tracker uses ballistocardiography (BCG) to track activity including heartbeat, respiration, and movement, in order to analyze sleep quality, duration, and patterns. Unlike other wearable sensors (most are wrist secured or clip-on), the ultra-thin Beddit sensor sits right under a fitted sheet, and unobtrusively works throughout the night.

Beddit knows when a user is settling into sleep. As resting heart rate and respiratory rate falls, the sensors triangulate that the user is asleep. When vital functions become more stabilized, Beddit senses that the user is in a deeper sleep stage, and starts to create the Sleep Cycles Curve. The device also uses the force sensor and the connected app’s mobile device microphone to recognize snoring.

The app can be set to give improvement ideas and sleep coaching tips for conditions including insomnia, snoring, and stress. I’ve been using Beddit for a week now and noticed that while I don’t regularly snore, I do a little on nights I drink alcohol, and I tend to get up and move around more those nights. In general I fall asleep fast – on average 5-8 minutes after I turn off the lights.

Waking up groggy or in the middle of deep sleep leads to snoozing, oversleeping, and general tiredness. Beddit has a built in alarm system to wake you up 0-30 minutes before your designated alarm time, during a period of sleep that it deems to be your the lightest. The device can be purchased on their site, through Amazon, or via partnership with Misfit Wearables.

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