Withings new under-the-mattress tracker detects sleep apnea & snoring
Withings has announced it is rolling out a new sleep tracking device in Europe. The gizmo slips under the mattress from where it can even detect sleep apnea.
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The device is an upgraded version of the company’s already existing sleep tracking mat. Just like its predecessor it is designed to be positioned on the side of the bed, at chest level. There is nothing to wear or do. Simply slip the 25” x 7.5” mat under your covers and plug it in.
In the morning, the gadget provides you with detailed info on sleep cycles (deep, light and REM). But it doesn’t stop there. There is a pneumatic sensor that measures your respiratory rate, body movement and a heart rate sensor. Additionally, the thing uses a sound sensor to detect snoring and share the number of snoring episodes (and their durations) a user experiences each night.
In the morning, the iOS/Android smartphone app spits out a Sleep Score. This is a single figure letting you know how restful your sleep really was. Then there is something called the Sleep Smarter Programme. This offers guidance to help you create a more balanced sleep schedule.
The big news, though, is that the device is medically certified for sleep apnea detection. This makes it the world’s first non-invasive sensor that is able detect the condition.
For those not in the know, sleep apnea is characterised by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep. These can last from a few seconds to minutes and they happen many times a night. When normal breathing resumes, there may be a choking or snorting sound. Some individuals are so plagued by the condition that they are awakened many times each night. It can, potentially, be life threatening.
Finally, for the geeks amongst us, the sleep pad comes with IFTTT integration for automation of certain activities. This includes controlling lights, thermostats and other smart home devices.
All in all Sleep Analyzer sounds like a complete solution. It sits quietly under your bed from where it collects data without you having to push a button. This is exactly what you want from such a device.
The sleep map is available from today on withings.com having picked up the CE marking for medical devices. In the EU it costs €129,95 and the UK £119.95. Those across the pond interested in sleep-lab results at home will need to wait a bit longer. Sleep Analyzer will be available in the US, once it receives FDA clearance.
Keep checking back. We’ll be looking to post a full review of Sleep Analyzer in the coming weeks.
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