Ever since I was little, I’ve struggled with sleep. I am a complete night owl which results in me going to bed after midnight most nights and then struggling to get up in the mornings. I have tried many things to help improve my sleep like attempting to get a routine in place but I find it impossible to keep it going and often fail within a week or two. I know I’d feel a lot more alert and productive if I had a routine but it’s just not enough for some reason. So, when I was given the chance to review the S+ by ResMed*, I was looking forward to seeing how it worked and if it could help me..
These days there are many tracking devices for things such as exercise and of course, sleep. But you’ll find that wearable devices dominate the market. I have tried using my FitBit to track my sleep in the past but have found it to be quite uncomfortable and distracting. The S+ By Resmed is the world’s first non-contact wireless sleep solution.
So how does it work? The S+ sits on your bedside table and uses breathing patterns to record your sleep. It also factors in things like light levels and room temperature to see how this may be affecting your quality of sleep. Via Bluetooth, it syncs to an app on your phone which the next morning will give you a detailed look and personalised feedback on your sleep including a ‘sleep score’. Before you go to sleep, you will be asked to answer a few lifestyle questions such as how much exercise you did that day and how much caffeine you consumed. See examples of mine below!
This was my best sleep score yet from the 27th February. As you can see, my sleep score was 79 and the ideal sleep score is 100. My total sleep time was 6hrs 9mins which isn’t ideal as you are meant to get at least 8hrs of sleep a night.
The app also gives you a look at your stages of sleep. On the 27th February, I had 1h 56m of REM sleep, 2h 46m of light and 1h 27m of deep sleep.
The next morning once you stop tracking your sleep, the S+ mentor will give you tips on how to improve your sleep with certain activities like walking or yoga.
The S+ also has a few other features such as the Smart Alarm which allows you to set a time window for the S+ to gradually wake you from a light sleep. This is said to make you feel more refreshed. Relax To Sleep provides you with a choice of relaxing sounds that help you drift off to sleep quicker and the Mind Clear feature offers you the chance to record anything that may be on your mind before sleeping.
I am definitely starting to see an improvement in my sleep since I started using the S+, my sleeping pattern is still not ideal but I don’t think a device alone can fix that, it’s up to me to change that too. However, I am definitely feeling more refreshed in the mornings and more productive in my day to day life.
Do you have trouble sleeping? Would you use a device like the S+?