The Beddit Tracker: A replacement for wearable sleep trackers?

Beddit Sleep TrackerThe Beddit tracker differs from other sleep trackers on the market, in that you don't have to wear it. Instead the Beddit tracker is placed across your mattress, underneath the mattress cover and bed sheet. This is far more comfortable than wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist all night and will also gives you time to charge your wearable while you snooze. 

Beddit tracks your breathing, heart rate and movements in order to provide you with an impressively comprehensive report on the quality of your sleep. It's easy to set up, boasts a smart alarm to wake up and it'll even tell you if you snore and how long for...


Inside the Beddit box
Inside the Beddit box: 
You'll find a USB Power
 adapter with two different
 plug ends, the Beddit sensor 
and the user manual 
Setting Up:

The Beddit sensor is comprised of a small white box or 'module' with a USB cable coming out of one end to plug in and an adhesive tape coming out of the otherwise. The sensor's 'tape' needs to be positioned just under where your chest would be while you sleep. If you are sleeping alone in the bed, then the tape can be placed right across the mattress. If there are two people sleeping in the end, then place the sensor about 6 inches away from the centre of the bed. The white module part of the sensor dangles down the side of the bed, so you won't be laying on it! 
Applying the sensor to the mattress
Applying the sensor to 
the mattress

Make sure you have a plug near by to plug the sensor in (if you don't, I would suggest buying a USB extension cable to fit inbetween the trackers USB plug and the included plug adapter. These can be bought cheaply from Amazon.


Pairing the sensor with the app
Pairing the sensor with the app
Once you've got your sensor positioned perfectly, remove the backing on the tape and stick the sensor to the mattress itself. Your mattress cover/protector and sheet can go over the top of it. In the user guide, it states that the tape along the sensor may lose its adhesive over time, but don't worry, you can simply replace it using wide double sided sticky tape. 
Sleep score and green zone
Sleep score and green zone

Once the tracker is in place and plugged in, you are ready to download the Beddit app. The available for Android and Apple phones and also the Apple Watch. The app is incredibly easy to set up, simply ensure that the tracker's code is the same on screen as it is on the module's label, lay on the bed to check that the sensor is picking up your heart rate and movements, and you're set.

Using It and Getting Your Results:

Sleep insights and and tips
Sleep insights and and tips 
Open the app when you get into bed, press 'sleep' and connect to your tracker. At this stage set an alarm and be sure to turn on Beddit's optional but handy, smart alarm feature. This feature will allow the app to wake you up during the lightest stage of sleep, closest to the time you've set (at the latest, it will be at the time you set, and at the earliest, it'l be 30 minutes for your alarm). The beauty of this feature is that you will wake up feeling far less drowsy instead of feeling like someone's just thrown sand in your eyes upon waking and promptly hitting the snooze button.

You can leave the app running in the background, lock your phone and settle down for night's sleep. Once you wake up, press the "I'm up" button. A few seconds later and you'll have your sleep stats. These stats including a score on your sleep efficiency, sleep time, heart rate and even breaths per minute. 

The sleep score, presented in a big orange circle, shows how your sleep scored out of 100. A score of 75 is considered good sleep and will send the circle into the green zone (pictured above). Adequate sleep time (7-9 hours) counts towards your score the most, but it's also determined by the following:
Sleep efficiency, time away from bed & awake time
Sleep efficiency, time away from bed
 & awake time
  • Activity during the night, i.e. how much you toss and turn. Lower is better.
  • Sleep efficiency, i.e. how much of night in bed you spend sleeping. Higher is better - usually this should be over 85.
  • Snoring, (picked up by your phone's microphone, if enabled)i.e. how much of the night you snore. Lower is better.
  • Number of bed exits, i.e. how many times during the night you leave the bed. Lower is better.
Resting heart rate measured throughout the night is also and interesting reading for fitness fans, as a lower one (a reading between 40-60bmp) is an indicator of good cardio health.

Will it replace my FitBit?

Yes for two reasons: comfort and accuracy. It was far more comfortable to be able to sleep without a wearable tracker digging into wrist. I also think it was more accurate than my FitBit for sleep tracking, as sometimes the FitBit Charge HR recorded me as asleep when I had woke up to feed my son. Time spent awake, but in bed feeding my son in the early hours of the morning was recorded accurately by the Beddit Tracker. 

You can find out more about the Beddit Tracker, including the company's free two week sleep test and the science behind the tracker itself, on the Beddit websiteYou can buy Beddit from the Apple Store (£99.95) or Amazon.co.uk

Disclosure: I was sent this product to review, but as always my opinions are honest and my own 

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