Beddit: We think it’s the best sleep monitor so far
Other than that, Beddit is an excellent sleep tracker, providing seemingly more accurate and definitely deeper insights than a smart wristband or a smartphone slipped under the pillow.
It even tracks snoring, which is why it needs that connection to your smartphone’s microphone – although the Beddit team have sensibly opted not to allow audio recording or playback.
One of the most useful things about “big data” is the picture you can build when combining data from different sources, so in combination with our Fitbit Charge HR, we’re now getting two independent sources of both heart rate and movement while asleep – definitely an insight from beyond the wall of sleep, as we previously observed.
And it certainly beats a grumpy “you snored”.
The Beddit device is simple: A little white (or black) box the size of a Zippo lighter connected to a plastic tape. The box is connected to a power supply via a USB cable and the tape is placed underneath your bedsheets. It’s adhesive on one side, and once in place, should stay there.
We’d initially thought of the fairy tale of the princess and the pea, and wondered if the tape would be obtrusive: It isn’t. Get it in the right position and it tracks movement and respiration as well as heart rate.
The technology is based on ballistocardiography (BCG), “a scientific method for measuring cardirespiratory functions. It detects the tiny movements caused by respiration and heartbeats, and turns them into guiding sleep and wellness information”. Beddit also tracks chest wall movements to measure breathing rhythm.
Once you’re awake, Beddit presents a “sleep score”. This is quite sophisticated and isn’t only a 1-100 scale in terms of how much sleep.
What’s your sleep score?
Tap on the sleep score and you’ll see a breakdown, showing how points were awarded or deducted for factors such as “sleep latency” (how long it took you to get to sleep), snoring, restless sleep, waking events, getting out of bed, and sleep vs awake time. In our tests, scores ranged from a desultory 7 in what was admittedly a short and restless night, through to a high score so far of 115 – in this case adding extra points for falling asleep quickly, a lack of restless sleep and the ratio of sleep time to awake time.
Pricing: Beddit retails for $149 or EUR 149.
Like some smart wristbands, Beddit offers a smart alarm, which actually means it will wake you up ahead of your alarm clock provided that you’re in a light sleep cycle – making it easier to get out of bed. The company promises its customers they can “unlock the secret of sound sleep”.
Summary: It’s a simple product that works extremely well, according to our tests.