Sleep. Sleep helps you win at life. When I don’t get enough sleep I’m grumpy, emotional and far less likely to stick to a diet or exercise plan. You don’t really want to be around me if I’ve not had enough sleep and you certainly don’t want to be the person to wake me up before I’m ready. To be honest, I think most people probably want more sleep.
Since becoming a teacher with a 6am alarm, I like to be in bed for 9.30pm and if it gets past 10 I’m panicking about being tired the next day. When the opportunity arose to try out the S+ by Resmed, a new sleep tracking device that claims to improve sleep, I jumped at the chance.
Tracking and analysing your sleep
S+ tracks your sleep and syncs data to your phone. It provides data about the duration and quality of your sleep, breaking the night down into deep, light and REM sleep as well as periods when you were awake.
While its all well and good knowing how well you slept, it doesn’t really help you much other than being interesting to know. Luckily the S+ does a lot more than just track your sleep, by analysing your personal data it starts to give you feedback and recommendations on how to improve your sleep. It monitors the temperature, light and noise levels in your room and makes suggestions on how to improve these to optimise sleep. There is also a couple of questions to answer before bed relating to caffeine intake, exercise etc. during the day so you can monitor the effects these have on your sleep.
Helping you to get to sleep
S+ can also help you to get to sleep in several ways. It offers the option of playing relaxing music through your phone, perfectly synced to your breathing, to help you to drop off to sleep. The music turns off when you fall asleep so you don’t have to worry about it being on all night. It also offers a ‘Mind Clear’ section where you can voice record or type in anything that is on your mind before bed to help you to switch off from the stresses of the day.
The S+ has a smart alarm feature that wakes you up (through your phone) at a time when you are sleeping lightly. You select a time frame that you want to be woken up between and if you haven’t entered light sleep during this time your alarm will sound at the end of the period to ensure you’re not late. I seriously hate being woken by my alarm in the morning. I always feel like I could go straight back to sleep and it makes getting up really difficult and a little depressing. Its so much nicer to be woken from light sleep as its much less of a shock! Anything to make the morning’s easier right!
East of use
I found the S+ super simple to set up, the app talks you through everything and the instructions are really clear. The device also offers a charging point for your phone so it doesn’t take up an extra plug socket, which I found really handy. The app interface is good. The only issue I had is that we have a strange setup to transfer our downstairs TV upstairs and the S+ did interfere with this a little. This would not be an issue for the large majority of people though as its just the way we’ve set things up to be able to watch our Virgin TV throughout the house. The S+ shouldn’t interfere with any normal TV set up.
The S+ has a sleek and simple design, in grey and white, that doesn’t look out of place on my bedside table. It kind of looks like an iPhone speaker or docking station.
I’ve really enjoyed using the S+ to track my sleep and the smart alarm is a real winner for me. I used to wear my Fitbit at night to track my sleep but its nice that my wrist now gets a break from wearing the watch 24 hours a day!
I’d really recommend the S+ if you’re looking to improve the quality of your sleep, although unfortunately it will not make your children sleep through the night, sorry!
You can purchase the S+ here.
Thanks for popping by,
Resmed kindly sent me the S+ for the purpose of this review, all words and opinions are my own.