A recent study suggests that nearly 35% of Americans don’t get the recommended seven hours of sleep each night. In fact, since 1985, the percentage of adults getting less than 6 hours sleep has risen to a staggering 31%. Now, we won’t point fingers at longer working hours, the blue light emitted from smartphones or pain as being the number 1 cause for sleepless nights, but one thing does remain true – without restful sleep you just don’t function the same. One company, SLEEPON, wants to track the quality of your sleep by giving consumers tangible metrics on their sleep habits and inform them on how to get a better night’s rest.
Marketed as the smallest home sleep test device, weighing in at a measly 6 grams, the device itself is a powerful AI enabled capsule attached to a food-grade silica soft gel ring that you simply wear on your finger throughout the night. This is quite the considerable change from the traditional sleep clinic set up where users are hooked up to wires, machines and the like. There is an equally impressive 3-day battery in this svelte device and an in-built memory of 7 nights for syncing with the app, all the while retaining an IP67 waterproof rating. The build quality is excellent.
So how does this AI device track sleep, screen sleep apnea and improve sleep health? This is thanks in part to some powerful hardware and sensors paired with the proprietary SleepFit™ algorithm that is applied for more precise data. This data is provided using 660nm and 940nm dual-wavelength reflective PPG sensors to detect finger arterial capillaries, with a sample rate of 50 Hz and calibration range SPO2 of 70-100%. To put it simply, the device monitors blood flow through the artery capillaries within the finger and as a result can provide some exceptionally accurate data.
Your sleep data is then compiled on SLEEPON’s own app for Android and iOS. The first thing you notice with their app is the ability to track your sleep data in real time which is perfect for those who may be monitoring your habits for health analysis. As well, because the device is continuously recording data, the sensors can determine different sleep stages such as REM and light vs. deep sleep but also monitor heart rate, blood oxygen levels and even the rate of toss and turn throughout the night. Better yet, the device can alert users with a small vibration if blood oxygen levels drop considerably, which is normally associated with sleep apnea.
The concept behind SLEEPON is quite clever – give consumers a means to track their sleep health from the comfort of home and then export and share the data with medical professionals with ease. This data can then be used to diagnose sleep disorders and therefore expedite treatment to ensure you get the adequate rest you need. Not only could this be a game changer in the diagnosing of sleep problems which costs the US $411 billion annually, but more importantly, it can make consumers more aware of the impact a good night’s sleep can have on our bodies and minds.
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