According to a 2015 study by Johns Hopkins researchers, there’s a difference between sleep that’s long but interrupted and sleep that’s short and sound. As you may assume, it’s better for the brain to sleep for a shorter number of uninterrupted hours than a longer number of fitful ones. That’s why I was so interested to try the S+ by ResMed, which claims to track and improve sleep from the very first night.
The S+ by ResMed is a non-contact sleep sensor which, simply put, means that when paired with your mobile device it tracks, analyses and reports back, an analysis of your sleep each night.
The S+ is a sleek unit which sits on your bedside table and after pairing with your mobile, you simply press a button to tell it you are going to sleep with a quick survey of your day (how much caffeine you’ve had, level of stress that day etc), whereupon the device takes over. It has some handy functions such as Mind Clear, where you can type a note or record a voice message if anything pops into your head that you’ll need to remember but would keep you awake normally. There’s also a Relax to Sleep option which plays gentle music to settle you for the night however, as someone who doesn’t struggle to sleep, I simply set it to track and forgot about it.
Being someone that loves visual data, I found the analysis I received on my iPhone the next morning so interesting. I often wondered why I felt so tired in the mornings when I seemed to spend around 9 hours in my bedroom a night. However, the analytics showed I slept for 7 and a half hours on average and woke up frequently in the night (a possible side effect of having two young children).
The app offers daily advice on improving sleep with suggestions for me mostly around doing more exercise which I’ve since adopted and you can read about that here.
As a reader of my blog, you are probably someone who sets big goals and wants to achieve great things. The quality of your sleep is a huge factor in many successful people’s achievements. You can check out the sleep patterns of 21 highly successful people in an infographic by Home Arena here and see how you match up.
Disclosure: I was given an S+ by ResMed for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.