SleepTracker Pro Watch Review and Recommendation

SleepTracker Pro

Have you ever noticed that some mornings, when the alarm goes off, you’re wide awake and ready to jump out of bed and start your day, and other mornings… well, you just aren’t?

Well you probably know that during the night you cycle through different sleep stages from light, almost awake sleep, through the dreaming state, down into deep, dreamless sleep and back up again. You move through this cycle several times each night.

On the mornings when you don’t have to set your alarm and can wake up whenever you want, you naturally arise when you’re in one of those light, almost awake stages of sleep.

However, on the mornings when you have to be up at a certain time, your alarm clock does not know where you are in the cycle and wakes you up at the time you have set, regardless of where you are in your sleep cycle.

If the alarm happens to go off when you’re in a light part of the cycle, great! But if it goes off when you’re in a deep, dreamless sleep state, you are NOT going to feel like getting up!

Enter the SleepTracker Pro Watch.

I’ve been using this cool little device for about 2-months now, and I can tell you that it definitely works!

The theory behind Sleeptracker is simple but effective: It tracks your movements during the night in order to find the best time to wake you in the morning. Here’s what their website says:

SLEEPTRACKER® continuously monitors signals from your body that indicate whether you are asleep or awake. Because you wear SLEEPTRACKER® on your wrist like a watch, its internal sensors can detect even the most subtle physical signals from your body. SLEEPTRACKER® finds your best waking moments, so that waking up has never been easier.

To use the SleepTracker, you set the alarm for the latest time you want to wake up. Then you set a Window during which the SleepTracker will watch for a moment when you are in a light phase of your sleep cycle.
For instance, if I need to be up by 6:00am, I’ll set the alarm for 6:00 and the Alarm Window for 30-minutes. Then, at some point between 5:30am and 6:00am when the Sleeptracker senses that I am close to being awake, the alarm will go off.

Yes, that means that on some mornings, I’ll be up 30-minutes earlier than I “need” to. But because I’m waking up during one of the light sleep state, it’s much easier to get up.

Again, this is from the Sleeptracker website:

By monitoring your sleep cycles for optimal waking moments during the preset ALARM WINDOW, SLEEPTRACKER® finds those almost awake-moments and gently wakes you when you’re most alert. The result? You wake up refreshed instead of groggy. Waking up has never been easier.

Does it work?

In my experience, yes!

Now keep in mind that I’m a morning person, so in general it’s fairly easy for me to wake up. However, since becoming an early riser, there have definitely been mornings when the alarm going off at 5:00am caught me in one of the deep stages of sleep.

Since using the Sleep Tracker those mornings have been very rare. In fact, in the 2-months that I have been using SleepTracker there have only been 2 mornings when the alarm went off at the end of my Alarm Window and caught me in a deep sleep. And each of those mornings were after I had gone to bed much too late.

Usually, the alarm goes off when I am already becoming aware that it is time to get up. And, in fact, there have been quite a few mornings when I have been lying in bed thinking, “Hmm, if this was in my Alarm Window the SleepTracker would be going off right now,” just as the alarm went off!

Other Features:

Vibrating Alarm:

The SleepTracker includes a vibrate alarm which is great if you’re an early riser sharing a bed with a not-so-early riser! I also find that the vibrating alarm wakes me a bit more gently than the audible alarm.

Sleep Data Collection:

Another cool feature of the SleepTracker Pro is its ability to store the data from each of your night’s sleep. (Note that the standard version does not store and upload data). There is a USB cable and software included that allows you to upload your sleep data to a computer and track the quality of your sleep over time. This allows you to track what factors influence your sleep patterns both positively and negatively.

I used the data tracking feature for about 2-weeks and found it interesting. But for me it was not interesting enough to continue uploading the data each morning. Sleeptracker only stores one-night’s worth of data, so if you want to track your sleep patterns you need to upload the data every day.

Note to SleepTracker: If the watch stored more than one-night’s data I would be much more likely to use and benefit from this feature.

I do, however, check my data manually each morning. You can view your sleep data on the Sleeptracker with a view button pushes. And even without the graphs I have benefited from this information.

Nitpicky Stuff:

Other than a desire to have the watch store a week’s worth of sleep data, I have nothing negative to say about the functionality of the Sleeptracker.

The only area I have a little quibble with is the aesthetics of the watch. It’s just not a watch I would choose to wear on a daily basis. This would be less of a problem if they expanded the data storage capacity – then I would only need to bring it into the office once a week. But when I was tracking my sleep data I had to wear – or bring – the watch into my office every day.

SleepTrack WatchAnd I will say that the Sleeptracker is definitely a conversation starter!

Interestingly, the SleepTracker Standard, which does not allow you to Download Sleep Data to PC looks more like a “normal.”

Bottom Line:

If you’re not a morning person and you have a hard time getting up in the morning, the SleepTracker can help get your mornings off to a better start. And that means that your entire day will be better!

After all, the way you feel when you first wake up often determines the tone of your entire day. The SleepTracker can wake you up gently and allow you to ease your way into the morning. No more jarring alarms and multiple snooze button cycles!

If you’re already a morning person and want your mornings to be even more graceful, the SleepTracker can help you too.

I wear SleepTracker every night, with the alarm set for 5:30am and the Alarm Window set for 30-minutes. Even on Sundays when I let myself sleep in I still let the SleepTracker wake me up and then meditate or go back to sleep if I feel like it.

Product Details:

Price: Sleeptracker Pro – $179; SleepTracker Standard – $149

Warranty: 1-year

Guarantee: 30-day unconditional money back guarantee.

Where to Buy:

You can purchase the SleepTracker Pro or Standard directly from the manufacturer.

Right now they’re offering free shipping (not sure if that will last). You can also have the Sleeptracker giftwrapped for an extra $4.99. And this would definitely be a great gift for anyone you know who could use a little help getting up on the RIGHT side of the bed!

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    3 Responses to “SleepTracker Pro Watch Review and Recommendation”

    1. Dave Navarro on May 7th, 2008 1:31 am

      That’s an interesting idea for a watch – I definitely like the vibrate alarm, as I have a spouse who is a night owl and not an early riser like me. I use a cell phone in a pocket to wake me, but I’d much rather have a vibrating watch (preferably one that’s not $50 or more!),

      Just found this blog via a Google Alert – I’m looking forward to digging into it and have subscribed. Glad to see another early riser!

    2. Jenny Mannion on May 7th, 2008 9:12 am

      Hey Ed, COOL GADGET and great review… Wonder if I could get my daughter who is 5 and notoriously grumpy in the mornings (when the mommy alarm wakes her up) to wear one! Might come in handy when she starts kindergarten in the fall and has to get up an extra hour early…. I love the concept and hadn’t heard of it — makes a lot of sense. Thanks for introducing it to me. Gratefully, Jenny

    3. Edward Mills on May 7th, 2008 1:31 pm

      @Dave: If you’re just looking for a vibrating alarm, you’ll probably find a cheaper watch elsewhere. (You could try strapping your cellphone onto your wrist!) And while that’s certainly a nice feature of this unit, it’s definitely not the reason to buy it!

      @Jenny: Fortunately, my daughter (4 1/2) is also a morning person, so I don’t have that problem. I’ll be interested to hear how it works out if you have her try it out.

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