11 SLEEP MONITORS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER

Because lack of sleep has become a rather serious problem affecting millions of people, some companies have reacted and developed sleep monitors. These are devices that can monitor the quality and quantity of sleep a person is having each night. What people fail to understand is that a sleep monitor, like any other health monitoring device, is not going to solve any issues. When dealing with sleep related affections one should always consult a doctor. And after reading the data provided by a sleep monitoring device, you can take the right approach towards fixing the issue.

Most sleep trackers collect data regarding breathing, heartbeat, motion during sleep, brain waves, and more. Some monitors offer an online account that holds this data and presents it in charts that, over time, reflect habits and patterns that the user must take into account. Seeing these patterns the user has a chance of changing or modifying them to suit his purpose.

The best way to go about using a sleep monitor is to also daily log in information about your sleep. How well did you sleep last night? Are you feeling rested? Did something happen during the night? These are just some of the questions you should answer daily. Trackers that have online account will already have these questions waiting for you and many more. Take some time each day and answer them and log in anything else that seems useful. This will ensure that you get the best sleep you can in no time at all. Once you realize the correlations between your lifestyle and your sleep, you should start making changes. Maybe you drink too much coffee or alcohol. Maybe the room temperature is too high or your sleep is affected by the bright lights of some nearby non-stop store. Everything should be taken into account and improved upon.

Below, you will get to know a couple of the sleep monitors that are used by people. Whether or not they are good for you is not up to us. You are the ultimate deciding factor in using a sleep tracker or not and the model you use. We are just here to bring you the best sleep monitors out there. It’s your pick!

1. Lark Pro Sleep Monitor Silent Alarm Clock and Personal Sleep Coach



Price: $159
Features: LarkPro sleep monitor is addressing people with insomnia and other sleep disorders or people who want to improve sleep quality. You get coached into improving your sleep and they say over 70% of people who use LarkPro sleep better within a month of usage.

You set sleep goals, track improvements and limiting factors and even get data to share with your doctor. The system is made so that people who sleep besides you are not affected when Lark wakes you up. It gently vibrates at the best time relative to your personal sleep cycle.

2. LarkLife


Price: $149
Features: LarkLife was developed to improved all aspects of life from eating better to exercising smarter. It also addresses sleep issues, helping improve it. This option is best for people that want to track all aspects of life and set goals in these areas. While sleep is addressed, it feels like Lark Pro is better for tracking sleep and improving its quality.

3. Renew SleepClock


Price: between $65.00-$129.99
Features: Important! This only applies to iOS and Iphone 4 users because it uses iphone docks which aren’t used on Iphone 5 or Android. For those that can use this, they should know that it can track your breathing and movements while you sleep. It stays near the bedside and doesn’t pick up noises from pets or your sleep partner. Renew SleepClock doesn’t have an online dashboard so you can’t view the data on a computer. No headbands or wristbands are needed which is a plus for people that hate that kind of thing. Also a free App measures and records your sleep efficiency.

4. BodyMedia


Price: $119
Features: BodyMedia offers activity monitors which monitor your sleep quality. Unfortunately, they have a monthly subscription fee of about $6.95 which allows you to see the data you’ve gathered over time. You do get 3 months free but then you have to pay a subscription. The service is good, but if you only want to improve your sleep there are probably cheaper ways to do it.

5. Omron

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Price: $50 or $300
Features: Omron has created 2 sleep tracking gadgets, the HSL-001 which costs $50 and HSL-101 priced at $300. The HSL-101 uses a radio frequency sensor which can send out waves out to a 5 foot range. It has to sit on the bedside and immediately begins scanning when you push it’s “good night” button. The sensor works by detecting any movement in bed.

The HSL-001 is much smaller and has to sit near your pillow. It measures the movement of bedclothes to see if you are asleep.

6. WakeMate


Price: $59.99
Features: Among the cheapest sleep monitors out there, WakeMate uses actigraphy to track motion in the middle of your sleep and wakes you up at the best time according to your sleep cycle. It promises to help people sleep better by sleeping less.

7. Zeo


Price: $99 or $149

Features: Zeo offers two sleep monitors: the Bedside Sleep Manager priced at $149 and the Sleep Manager Pro which costs $99. Zeo is based on headbands that track brain waves. The bedside Sleep Manager will display real-time statistics which has to be manually uploaded to the internet using an SD card. This is a setback as most people won’t want to do this day after day.

The Sleep Manager Pro is probably the better of the two, yet there are many steps to set it up each night. It pairs the sleep tracker to your own phone and tracks your sleep with the help of a headband. Once you’ve learned the steps it takes to set it up each night you might want to run for the hills, but don’t. Give it a chance and you can throw it out afterwards if it’s not what you need. If they make it easier to set up, this could become the best sleep monitor.

The Zeo company also offers a free Iphone app called Sleep 101. Search for it on the App Store and try it out!

8. SleepTracker

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Price: $149
Features: SleepTracker looks like an ordinary watch yet it can analyze your sleep and wake you up when it’s best for you. For example, if you tell it to wake you up at 06.00AM it will ask for a window. Let’s say you select a window of 30 minutes. That means that it will wake you up between 05.30AM and 06.00AM whenever you are in a period of light sleep. Thus you will wake up feeling more energetic and not groggy. You can upload data from the watch to your analytics account and see the progress you are making.

9. Fitbit


Price: $99.95 or $59.95
Features: Fitbit One which is $99.95 and Fitbit Zip ($59.95) are two models which track your sleep and wake you up in the morning. FitBit isn’t really focused on sleep, but it does the job, although not as good as other sleep trackers.

10. Jawbone UP


Price: $129.99
Features: Jawbone UP had some problems when it first launched and had to offer refunds to customers. They seem to have learned a lot from this and the new Jawbone is much better than before. Up is a pedometer through the day (tracks how many steps you take) and a sleep tracker during the night. You do need to hold a button when you go to sleep and it will record how much it takes you to fall asleep, how much light sleep and deep sleep you have.
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11. Sleep Rate

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Price: $99.99 or $149.99
Features: Sleep Rate tracks the heartbeat while you are asleep. It will track your sleep for at least 5 nights over a 14 day period to see how you are sleeping. You will receive personalized recommendations and you might even learn that you have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. You pay $99.99 and have a 1 year subscription and then need to pay $149.99 yearly if you want to keep it going.

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14 FREE WHITE NOISE & AMBIENT SOUNDS WEBSITES

White noise is “a signal that contains equal power within any frequency band with a fixed width” (via) and studies shown that it has great impact on your sleep. A relaxing background noise  helps you sleep by covering all disturbing sounds that keep you awake, such a cars driving by or noisy neighbors. We compiled a list with some of the best websites with FREE ambient music  and white noise for those that don’t own a white noise machine.

BONUS: GreatYoutube videos with amazonian rain, birds in the woods or relaxing piano music.

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Raining FM

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Features: This one is for those of you that love the rain. Rain Fm has a super easy interface, all you have to do is choose between the three options. You can also schedule it for as many hours as you want and they intend to add slideshow to make it more appealing. Now they only allow you to hide panels and enjoy the rainy background which  is a good start.

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Focus@will

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Featuress: Focus@will is more complex and less repetitive because each category has lots of tracks;if you don’t like a certain track you can skip it. It’s free but you have to sign in with Facebook, Google+ or email and it only takes a couple of seconds to do so. If you click on the clock it will be programmed for one hour but if you right click on it it will allow you to listen to it for four hours at most.

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Nap Sounds

Power_Nap_NapSoundsFeatures: There’s no mentioning about how long can you listen to these sounds because this website is targeted for nap music but it’s worth a try. I personally like the classic sounds and they’re great for work music as well. They used Neuro Linguistic Programming because ” NLP techniques[…] provide ways to directly talk to your subconscious mind while letting your conscious mind slowly drift away. This enables you to feel more relaxed in a shorter amount of time and increase the benefits of your quiet time.”

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Simply Noise

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Features: Simply Noise lets you choose between white, pink and brown noise and seems to be very popular.  Recently they released  Simply Rain and even developed an app that is ranked #1 in 37 countries and has extra features and more customization options.

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Free white noise

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Features: Here you have it. You click on the sound you like, a popup image appears and you should be snoozing away.

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Nature sounds for me

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Features: Not quite nature sounds as it also features household and music tracks but you get the picture. You can also listen to compositions made by other users and maybe you’ll find something you like.

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Rainy Mood

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Features:  Talk about keeping things simple! The moment you open Rainy Mood you will hear the relaxing rain BUT they don’t have any controls. You can’t adjust volume, thunder intensity or frequency, basically you listen to what they give you and adjust the volume from your speakers.
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White noise player

Free_white_noise_player_WhiteNoisePlayer.comFeatures: If you like buttons, this one is for you. Hair dryer, clock, vacuum or crickets, these are only a couple of the available options. In case you like it, help the developer by making a small Paypal donation to help him keep his website up for our fellow insomniacs.

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Sound sleeping

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Features: Here you have 37 sounds to choose from and some of my favorites are heartbeat and cat purr. You mix up to 5 sounds, save the mix if you want to and enjoy a relaxing night of calming sleep.

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 Sounds of nature

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Features: Here you can listen to ocean, rain or forest and if you have an Android device you can get their free app here.

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White noise 24/7

White_Noise_24_7_nature_soundsFeatures: This one took me by surprise as I didn’t expect to find “rain with large drops” option available anywhere but when you think of it it … Otherwise it’s plain simple and it also lets you to download the sounds to listen them on any device you have.

TIP: It might ask you to install some plugins to be able to hear the sounds but it only takes a few minutes.

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Ambient mixer

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Features: Ambient mixer has lots and lots of free endless audio loops from a simple storm to human sounds (a restaurant, a busy street or even a world cup) and it allows you to change all the sounds you hear. For example, if you listen to a fireplace you can increase the volume of the burning torches and mute the fire cracking if you want.

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Coffitivity

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Features: This one isn’t necessary a white noise or a relaxing ambient one, it’s just light ambient noise from a coffee shop. Research showed that people are more creative when they have some calm, chilling ambient noise to and so this website was created. You can either use it for work or see if it puts your insomnia to rest.

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White noise FM

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Features: Yes, they are somewhat plain but I had to share this with you as well because you never know what you guys like. But it seems they plan to add more noise in the future and try to compete with the bigger websites. Although we’re focusing on white noise at the moment, we have plans to add more colored sounds to our programs in the future : pink noise, brown noise, and grey noise.”

 

Bonus! 7 YOUTUBE videos

Sleep well 9 hours of Sounds from the Allegheny National Forest in Tidioute Pennsylvania

Sleep with the ocean – 8 hours of sea sounds

10 Hour Recording of a gentle rain

Fire Sound – 8 hours of a fireplace sound

Long Playlist of Sleep Music – Relaxing Calm Piano Music

Cricket sound 8 hours of nature forest sounds

9 hours of Sleep to Sounds of Pennsylvania Peepers

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THE REMSTAR CPAP AND ITS USES

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and is basically a machine that is used in apnea treatments, more precisely, for home treatments.


It proved to be so effective in pumping air at a certain pressure that now CPAP machines are used even in hospitals, as a form of ventilation. While you sleep, your muscles relax, causing problems in the upper airway and reducing the amount of oxygen in the blood. All these will interfere with your sleep pattern and cause sleep apnea.

The CPAP device will pump compressed air in the airway and therefore help you breathe much better and even reduce or eliminate that awful and extremely loud snoring.

The REMstar CPAP device can be found as a full face mask, a nasal pillow or a nose mask. Still, no matter how effective and easy to use this mask may seem, you can not just buy it and put it on. A sleep physician is the only person that can say if you can wear the CPAP mask and what amount of pressure is required for you.

These are the some of the basic info regarding the CPAP machines and how they work. Following, we will discuss about REmstar CPAP devices, what features they have, who manufactures these products and why use them.

The Remstar CPAP machine is developed by the Philips Company and is part of the Philips Respironics brand.

REMstar CPAP machines

The Respironics sleep systems, meaning the CPAP, have a modern, smaller design and they are extremely easy to use. If you want to take it with you while you travel, you can do so by simply packing it in your baggage.

Below are some attributes of the Respironics REMstar CPAP:

– small, easy to use and nice design
– quiet mode
– 4 – 20 cm H2O pressure range
– washable filters and ultra-fine filters
– manual 3 position altitude adjustment setting
– etc

The Respironics brand has 3 types of REmstar CPAP machines:

1. REMstar Plus M Series with C-Flex

2. REMstar Pro M Series with C-Flex

3. REMstar Auto M Series with C-Flex or A-Flex

Their REMstar Plus M Series with C-Flex gives you
– optional humidification
– optional Encore Pro SmartCard capability that helps you a lot
– lighted controls for easier handling and using
– easy to use display
– the best of them, the C-flex technology
– nice design, easy to pack in your luggage if you want to travel.

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STEAM HUMIDIFIERS AND SLEEP – YES, THEY ARE CONNECTED

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At a first glance, there is no connection between steam humidifiers and sleep.


If we dig dipper, it’s obvious that a cleaner, breathable air can improve greatly the quality of our sleep.

Steam humidifiers help your nose and therefore the sinus too by creating the perfect humidity level, help you breathe better, snore less and sleep much more relaxed. And the effects are not showed only when sleeping, but during the day also, giving you a state of good.

How much humidity is too much?

The level of humidity on your house can increase or decrease the level of comfort you feel so do not ignore it. Recent studies revealed that is best when the humidity level is greater than 30% but lower than 50%. Using a steam humidifier can help you maintain a constant level of humidity and can prevent many affection can than come out of too much or too little humidity.

Ok, but what humidity means more exactly?

To better understand this, you have to know what humidity is. It quite plain simple: humidity is the quantity of water vapors that are found in the air. These vapors come from fog, water that has evaporated from oceans etc. when speaking about indoor vapors, the sources are very different and they include: ironing your laundry, cooking, boiling water or even simply showering or bathing.

How steam humidifiers work

Next we will try to explain how a steam humidifier works. The process is quite simple, steam humidifiers simply injecting steam into the airstream. The vapor is produced in the humidifier by using a heating element that causes the steam to appear. Steam humidifiers are among the cheapest humidifiers because they do not require clean, dedurized water as they work with plain tap water.

Price… Can I afford to buy my own steam humidifier?

If you decide to give a try to those steam humidifiers you can choose from many producers, like Aprilaire steam humidifiers, Honeywell steam humidifiers, Ewc steam humidifiers, Nortec steam humidifiers and many others, depending on your preferences and the price you are willing to pay. The steam humidifier price can range from at low as $23 to more than $800 for powerful, elite humidifiers.

Search for online steam humidifiers reviews, ask your friends, relatives or colleagues what they use, read various article posted both on the web and in written press and decide which one to buy from the great variety of whole house steam humidifiers available out there.

Steam humidifiers warnings:

1. Keep in mind that too much or to less humidity can be harmful both for your health and for the house. It can cause mold, pests, rot, it can do harm to wooden floors, can cause reparatory issues, mildew, dust mites, allergies and unfortunately the list goes on. So if you notice that the level of humidity in your house is way higher than indicated, try using a dehumidifier and if not stick to buying a steam humidifier for home.

2.Using steam humidifiers implies extra high temperatures so be careful when using them, especially is you have small children or curious pets as they can cause serious burns.

PS: One of the best things about having a steam humidifier is that you will quickly learn how to fall asleep fast because of it being in the room you sleep in.

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