Sense Sleep Tracker Review 5

Sense Sleep Tracker Review

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A Sensible Sleep Monitor and Alarm

Sense Sleep Tracker Manufactured by Hello Inc.

Overview:

Want to know how well you slept last night and what factors affected your sleep? Then the Sense Sleep Tracker from Hello Inc. may have the answers.Sense and Pill

According to the manufacturer, Hello Inc.,… “Sense is the smart sleep tracker and wakeup alarm that improves your sleep, wakes you up feeling great, and shows how the environment of your bedroom affects your rest.

By monitoring the environment of your bedroom and recognizing your sleep through your movement during the night, Sense is able to give you the full picture of your sleep.

Your Sleep Timeline shows you a complete overview of our sleep cycle, punctuated by key events from your night. Together, you’ll see how external disturbances — like a car alarm going off outside your window, for example — can affect how well you sleep.

Unlike a normal alarm, Sense’s Smart Alarm analyzes your sleep cycle to know when you’re sleeping lightly, and wakes you up at the optimal time to start your day off right.
Simply set your alarm, choose from one of 15 beautiful wake tones, and Sense will gently wake you while you’re in the lightest phase of sleep, up to 30 minutes before your set time.”

Package Contents:

  • Sense Sleep Monitor Base Unit (Monitors room environment – available in Charcoal or White)
  • Sleep Pill (attaches to your pillow – monitors movement)
  • USB Power Adapter

    Sense Sleep Monitor
    Sense Sleep Monitor Base, Sleep Pill, USB Power and Canister Package
  • USB Power cable
  • 2 Hello stickers
  • Get Started card
  • Safety instructions

Monitoring Sensors:

  • Accelerometer (in Sense Sleep Pill)
  • Room Temperature (in Sense Base Unit)
  • Room Humidity (in Sense Base Unit)
  • Ambient Light (in Sense Base Unit)
  • Air Particulate Matter (in Sense Base Unit)
  • Ambient Sound (in Sense Base Unit)

Product Requirements (not supplied with unit):

  • WiFi NetworkSense and Phone
  • Apple or Android Smartphone or tablet (see vendor site for list of compatible devices and OS versions)
  • Sense App for Smartphone or Tablet (Available free from Apple iStore or Google Play Store)

Video Review:

Findings:

We have found the Sense sleep tracker system to be elegant in design and VERY easy to setup.  We installed the app on a Apple iPad. It took less that 5 minutes to do the bluetooth pairings and configure for WiFi.

As part of the setup, the app asks you to create an account and enter your age, height, weight and gender. And in order to better optimize the monitoring for you, from time to time it asks you questions such as whether you are a light sleeper or whether you like to sleep in a warm or cool room.

Sense Sleep Monitor in Bedroom
Sense Sleep Monitor Base and Sleep Pill

We like the fact that the “pill” motion sensor attaches to the pillow instead of being required to wear a tracking device on your person. But a word of caution… Be sure to remove the Sense sleep “pill” before washing the pillow case. As it is only the size of a quarter, it is easy to overlook and get thrown in with the wash. A replacement pill costs $49.

We do wish the USB power adapter was designed a little bit differently. If you plug it into some power strips, you might find that its shape prevents you from using the next socket over. This is a minor issue.

This is just an initial review of the Sense Sleep Monitor System.  We will be providing an update to this review once we have used it for a few nights.

We hope that the Hello Inc. Sense Sleep Tracker System makes sense to you as a tool to monitor your sleep and manage your bedroom environment. Please give us your thoughts and comments. If you already have a Sense System, let us know how it is working for you by posting to the comment section below.

Availability:

You can order the Sense Sleep Monitor at Amazon for $129  Amazon Buy Button

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Sweet Dreams with DreamScience 4

Sweet Dreams with DreamScience

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DreamScience
Brainwave-Oriented Sleep Companion

Made by Oregon Scientific

Overview:

WS683(1)If your bedroom is exposed to street and other noises that keep you awake, or if you find that sounds like falling rain lulls you to sleep, then the DreamScience Sleep Companion may be the perfect sleep aide for you. The DreamScience Sleep Companion will cocoon you in an envelope of 20 different sleep inducing soundscapes.

According to the manufacturer, Oregon Scientific, “the DreamScience Sleep Companion envelops you in a calming buffer of soundscapes programmed and clinically proven to help you gently fall asleep, stay asleep, and reach deeper, more restful levels of sleep. The technologies utilized by DreamScience let you reset your sleep routine, helping to reduce stress, restore energy and improve your focus”.

Manufacturer Feature List:

  • Produces 20 different clinically proven soundscapes designed by Dr. Lee Bartel at the University of Toronto
  • Soundscapes are designed to complement and entrain the brains natural delta, alpha and beta brain waves for a quicker and deeper sleep experience
  • Patented Sleep Enhancement Technology that lulls you to sleep by gradually slowing the rhythm of playback
  • Selectable wake up soundscapes to gently wake you from your sleep
  • Option to turn on six selectable mood backlights
  • Option to enable a sleep timer for 30, 60 or 90 minute in addition to continuous playback
  • Digital clock
  • Includes line-in port and 3.5mm audio cable to use the DreamScience speaker for other audio devices such as your favorite music app on your phone
  • Powered by an included AC adapter or 4-AA batteries (not included)

Package Contents:

DreamSience Package Contents
DreamScience Package Contents
  • DreamScience Sleep Companion
  • USB power adapter plug
  • USB power cable
  • 3.5mm audio cable (for external music device such as a smartphone)
  • CR2032 “button” style battery (to retain system settings in the event of a power failure to unit)
  • Instruction booklet

 

Our Findings:

The DreamScience Sleep Companion is easy to setup. The selection of soundscapes include rain, ocean surf, whales, waterfall, forest sounds and basic white noise among others. The speaker provides rich, soothing but not over powering soundscape levels.

We found all the soundscapes soothing and warm. We did not use the mood lights while sleeping as we prefer total dark, but some may prefer the mood light to be on to act as a soothing night light.

We preferred the “rain”, “revitalize” and “meditate” soundscapes. The family cats liked the “bird” sounds for obvious reasons. That said, we found all of them relaxing except perhaps “thunder” although even that one is not harsh but more of a distant rumble. Thinking about “thunder”, it may be of use as a gentle way to acclimate a pet who has a fear of thunderstorms. Given the range of soundscapes, everyone should be able to find one or more to be soothing and restful.

Because the DreamScience Sleep Companion is small and battery powered, it is also ideal for travel. It helps mask out noisy hotel hallways and busy street traffic giving you restful sleep before that important business meeting.

Do you meditate or do yoga? The soundscapes can also calm you into that perfect meditative state. An extra bonus!

We also plugged a smartphone into the AUX port using the provided 3.5mm standard audio cable and used it to play music. Once plugged in, the volume controls on your smartphone can be used to adjust your selected music’s sound level from very soft to very loud. While not intended to be a high performance audio speaker it does give a good music listening experience.

To sum up, the DreamScience Sleep Companion functions as your:

  • Clock
  • Wake up alarm
  • Music speaker
  • Mood light / night light
  • And most importantly, a sleep inducing and calming soundscape player

Video Review:

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Availability:

You can order the DreamScience Sleep Companion at Amazon for $74.89 Amazon Buy Button

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Comfort Products Motorized Massage Mat 7

Comfort Products Motorized Massage Mat

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Get comfortable with this massage mat

Made by Comfort Products Inc.

Overview of the Comfort Products Massage Mat

Charcoal or Beige
Charcoal or Beige

If you are restless and can’t sleep, a warm full body back massage often helps one relax and sleep better. The Comfort Products Motorized Massage Mat is 66 inches long and provides 10 massage zones covering your entire back down to your lower extremities. It also has an heating element that can be turned on to provide soothing warmth to the lumbar section of the back. The mat can either be lain flat on a bed or used in a chair. The mat offers 3 levels of intensity and five programmed modes to massage different areas of the back and lower extremities. The mat is covered in a soft plush beige or charcoal fabric.

Manufacturer Feature List:

  • Ten invigorating massage zones

    Massage Mat Vibrator Points
    Massage Zones (Black) Heat (Red)
  • Easy-to-operate LED hand controller
  • 5 preprogrammed variable modes plus independent body zone control
  • 3 intensity levels
  • Side storage pouch for easy access to controller
  • Soothing heat treatment in lumbar area
  • Maximum temperature 59.9C (140F) reached at 7 minutes 40 seconds
  • Soft plush beige polyester fabric
  • Mat size: 66″ x 22″
  • 1 year limited warranty

Package Contents:

  • Motorized Mat

    Controller
    Controller
  • Controller
  • AC Power adapter and cord
  • Instruction guide

Our Findings:

Can be used on a bed
Can be used on a bed

Having had back surgery 20 years ago, I find that I relax and sleep better after a massage. I have had the Comfort Products Massage Mat for about 4 months now. I use it every night. The massage mat can be used flat on a bed or in a chair. I prefer to use it in a recliner chair. Once started, the massage lasts about 30 minutes and then automatically shuts off. You can select the massage pattern, intensity and also set it to apply heat to the lumbar area. The mat has 10 motorized massage areas. This mat is not designed to give you a deep tissue shiatsu type massage. Instead, the mat gives you a tension reducing and relaxing vibrating massage.

Can be used on a chair
Can be used on a chair

The motors and massage zones are comfortable enough to fall asleep on, which is what I normally do when I use the mat. The mat cover is nice and soft. But it is not removable to wash, so you should always use a sheet or towel between your body and mat to keep the mat clean. In operation, the motors are not excessively loud and we have found it does not disturb others nor interfere with other activities such as watching TV.

Based on our experience, to get a better nights sleep or simply to relax and soothe a tense back, the Comfort Products Motorized Massage Mat may be just the comfort you have been looking for.

 

My Comfort Massage Mat Findings

Availability:

The Comfort Products Motorized Massage Mat is available at Amazon in beige for $53.99 or in charcoal for $62.99:   Amazon Buy Button

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It’s all good in the Nite Hood

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I recently had the opportunity to try out the Nite Hood an amazing new alternative to the traditional sleep mask with strap. The Nite Hood is a hood/cap that you wear at night to block out ambient light and to increase your level of coziness. When I first tried it on I was impressed with its ability to block out light and to a minimal degree sound. The fabric is made of organic bamboo and is super soft so it feel great when you wear it. It also does a good job of keeping your head warm when it gets cool at night.

I usually get up before my wife and need to turn on lights in our bedroom. The Nite Hood came in handy for this as my wife was able to put hers on and block out all the light to continue her slumbers. As I was thinking in my Nite Hood last night, it occurred to me that this would be a perfect accessory for a camping trip in Minnesota or Wisconsin, I’m from Minneapolis, where the sun comes up super early in the summer months. One thing I hate about camping is that you are almost forced to wake up early because of all the light beaming in through your tent. The Nite Hood would be a perfect solution to this with the added benefit of keeping you warm at night when the sun goes down.

Because bamboo is a breathable textile, more so than cotton or even silk, it won’t get uncomfortable after extended use and does a great job of regulating temperature. The Nite Hood costs $25 and shipping is only $5 anywhere in the world. I think that’s money well spent for all the extra sleep you can get out of it. The Nite Hood is a must have for any serious sleeper.