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Do WakeMate and actigraphy help you get better sleep?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 02, 2011 at 9:56 PM

WakeMate claims:

Together, the WakeMate?? wristband and application help you wake up feeling refreshed. Our Wakelytics??? analytics platform optimizes your waking hours by automatically analyzing your sleep and illuminating personal habits that affect your sleep.

Pseudo-science? Anyone use one?

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on January 04, 2011
at 09:36 AM

You are supposed to tuck in under your sheet. It won't really move if you do that

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on January 03, 2011
at 10:33 PM

The Iphone Sleep Cylce is only good if youre not a wild sleeper. Mine was on the floor once I hit REM. Im a wild woman:)

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on January 03, 2011
at 01:10 AM

There's an Iphone app called Sleep Cycle that replicates that arm band and only costs $0.99. It has good reviews

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on January 02, 2011
at 10:37 PM

CTO of Zeo here.

Not pseudo-science - there are a few ways to track your sleep. Wakemate uses wrist motion, Zeo uses brainwaves.

Julien Smith just posted this on Robb Wolf's blog - http://robbwolf.com/2010/12/31/easy-ways-to-be-a-sleep-viking-in-2011/ - they are using Zeo.

Here is an overview of all the tools: http://www.quora.com/Which-alarms-are-based-on-sleep-patterns

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on January 02, 2011
at 10:39 PM

I've been using a similar product called a Sleeptracker watch for the past few years (since the birth of my son). The Sleeptracker does, in fact, do a pretty good job of finding a moment when I'm already stirring to wake me up. It has similar technology to the WakeMate: a built-in accelerometer that determines when your wrist is moving, and therefore not in a deep phase of REM.

It's not the silver bullet to your sleeping issues, though, and it doesn't really "help me get better sleep," as you asked. It just helps me wake up a little more easily. If you really want something to help you sleep better, the Zeo is your best bet. I really want one, but with a two-year old son and another on the way in a few months, I think less-than-ideal sleep conditions are going to be the norm for me for the next few years, at least.

I have a WakeMate on the way, and I look forward to playing with it.

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