Sleep. We all need it in various quantities. Some can last on a mere few hours whilst others need an excessive amount just to function. I'd like to say I'm pretty average on around 7-8 hours of sleep per night. I certainly can tell the difference if I've had less than 6 hours sleep. I get that sicky/woozy feeling that doesn't really go away all day.
When I first got the opportunity to review the ResMed S+ I had my doubts but also the excitement that technology has advanced to a stage where we can personally track our sleeping patterns sounded pretty exciting.
The ResMed S+ device costs £129.95 to buy from John Lewis here or Amazon here, so it's a pretty pricey gadget. I got pretty excited though when it arrived and I unpackaged it to find what was inside. The device comes in a silver stand which fits perfectly on my bedside table of books and it's plugged into my bedside socket. You have to download the app on either the Apple store or Play store depending on the make of your phone in order to use the ResMed.
The instructions are pretty self-explanatory and you can jump in with analysing your sleep almost instantly but first you have to build a profile to tell the device a little bit about you and your lifestyle. This helps tailor the device to give you advice on how you can sleep better, which is pretty nifty.
The ResMed can be adjusted so that the device can focus on your chest which is where it needs to be to track your sleeping. I'm not quite sure how accurate the device is but it seemed to be pretty in sync with my breathing when I tested it out on the app. The device monitors not only your breathing but your movement and the room's atmosphere in relation to temperature and lighting conditions.
I decided to get straight into the testing and tried it out that night. Unfortunately though, we had a pest problem at the time which ended with waking us up several times in the night, so not the best introduction to the ResMed device. However, what was interesting was to see this disruption had clearly had an effect on my sleep.
The app measures your sleep score out of 100 and this is broken down into Deep, Light, REM and Wake. It also shows you how many disruptions to your sleep you had in total. The below picture is a screenshot of the amount of disruptions I had that night and you can clearly see that our little mouse problem, ended up giving me 13 disruptions with only three points where I was in a deep sleep and four where I was in REM (this is the point where your brain is most active and dreaming occurs - I was probably dreaming of being chased by mice)
The app prompts you with daily advice on how to get better sleep and the message definitely seemed to be that I needed to exercise a little more. By fitting in exercise at least three hours before bedtime, this would help relax my body for rest. I think I need to also stop looking at my phone or laptop before I go to bed and keep my technological devices away from the bedroom when I start winding down for the evening.
I've been using it for around 3 weeks now and I've found it's definitely improved my sleep, if not also for making me more conscious of the amount of caffeinated drinks I consume and the alcohol I drink every day. It's very bad...
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