Putting the ResMed sleep tracker to the test
This isn’t my first time talking about the importance of sleep on my blog and I’m sure it won’t be my last.
Ironically, whilst I harp on about top tips for a good night’s sleep, I also have a habit of getting up at the crack of dawn. I’ve spent more pre-6am frosty mornings stood in the back garden than I’m willing to share.
There really is nothing better than breathing in that crisp morning air whilst appreciating the silence of everyone in the surrounding houses fast asleep. It’s almost as if you have the world to yourself for just a fraction of time.
With early morning starts being such a regular occurrence in my life – and sometimes not my choice (ah the joys of being a dog mum!) – I was excited to see if using the S+ by ResMed could help improve my sleep like it claims to.
The first thing that struck me about the S+ was it’s sleek design. I’m a huge fan of home gadgets, with my dog cam still being a firm favourite. So, adding another fun gadget to my home seemed like the natural thing to do.
It’s minimal, unobtrusive style means it blends seamlessly into almost any environment… which is quite the blessing considering I’m yet to settle on a style for my bedroom since moving into my new home.
I noticed that the white cube also conveniently pops out so it can be used whilst you’re on your travels without taking too much space in your case. Though I’ll admit when going away tracking my sleep would be the very last thing on my mind.
Now, for me, sleep isn’t much of an issue. I have a pretty good routine of going to bed at a relatively early hour to writing down my to-do list so my brain isn’t pre-occupied with worry or brainstorms when I’d much rather be sleeping.
The thing I found most interesting about ResMed is that it tracks your type of sleep throughout the night. Whilst this may seem like it’s nothing revolutionary compared to other seep trackers, it goes a step further by calculating a sleep score based on your type of sleep.
S+ by ResMed also gives you advice but this feature seems a little bit gimmicky with the tips, rather than being intuitive revelations about my sleep cycle. Oh and the advice I received after last Friday nights sleep was more insulting than helpful as it suggested lack of sleep may be the reason I’m not empathetic and have no friends. Well, I guess the truth hurts.
But hey, let’s take a look at what it does track…
S+ will calculate how much time of your sleep is spent awake, in light sleep, deep sleep, or REM sleep. Time spent awake is broken into sleep onset and disruption. The amount of time spent in each Sleep state is calculated and compared against ResMed’s perfect score to provide your Sleep Score. It sounds pretty complex but their simple, colourful charts make it easy enough to visualise and understand.
You can even head to MySPlus.com for even more in-depth analytics regarding your sleep. As a girl who works in digital marketing and runs a blog for fun, you sure can bet that I love analytics.
You can compare the changes in your sleep score compared to various factors including how much caffeine or alcohol you consumed that day or how much exercise you had. This is great if you’re struggling to pin-point a reason why your sleep may be suffering on some nights more than others.
Something else, other than analytics, that I really enjoyed about the S+ by ResMed were a selection of the relaxing ambient sounds it offers. Whilst some of these were too overbearing, noisy or cheerful for me I did find the shoreline sound to be pretty damn relaxing. This particular sound helped calm my breathing on the evenings when I was feeling extra anxious or stressed. It’s a nice touch that you could click to play these for 2 minutes before S+ starts to track your sleep. Hopefully that’s enough time to calm your mind enough to fall into a steady slumber.
Another feature of S+ is it allows you to use the Mind Clear section to record a 60 second voice note or write a short message of anything that may be on your mind. Admittedly, I haven’t used this feature. Although I do like to write notes before I go to bed, I tend to do this in my trusty notebook that sits next to my bed (like I’m back in 1999) or I’ll use the notes on my phone to hastily type some digital word vomit.
Whilst the S+ by ResMed is a really fun gadget and I’ve enjoyed using it to track my sleep, part of me can’t help but wonder if I could just do all that through my phone without the need for a fancy looking gadget on my bedside table? Sadly, I can’t help but shake the niggling feeling that the gadget itself isn’t all that necessary in the grand scheme of things. Especially in a world that’s becoming more and more virtual by the second.