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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but how useful is it?, 8 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Zeo Sleep Manager Pro+ Mobile - Watch, Monitor and Track Sleep, with SmartWake Alarm Clock (Electronics)
What you are really buying here is a way of uploading your sleep related data to the Zeo website where you can store, analyse it, investigate and perhaps alleviate any sleep problems you may be having. The website and the functions it offers are the key to this product. You can use this product to upload your data via your iPhone over bluetooth or with the separate bedside display version, seemingly no longer available from Amazon UK, which uses a data card and your PC. The older beside unit is considerably more expensive and more fiddly to use but does double as an attractive bedside clock and alarm.

The rechargeable sensor unit clips into the headband - which should be replaced every 90 days at the cost £18 - after charging on the rather fiddly and awkward dock it can be adjusted to fit your head. To avoid slipping off during the night it must be worn fairly tightly. This can be uncomfortable at first but after a few days one gets used to it. The main sleep problem I have had was in getting accustomed to the headband. The first night I hardly seemed to sleep at all! The unit connects to the iPhone by Bluetooth quickly and easily with a stable connection. After connection you are prompted if necessary to download and install the free iPhone app. The iPhone or other suitable iOs device must be left switched on and with the Zeo app running in the foreground all night. This means the phone must be plugged in to mains power and perhaps with the screen covered up to avoid light leak. If you put the Zeo app to the background then it seems the data connection is lost - but why would you need to do this as setting up the Zeo should be the final act before going to sleep. In the morning you end the session using the iPhone app. I then always manually upload the data, this may be done automatically but the app is unclear on this.

You can then inspect the data on the iPhone for the previous night or any other night as they are all stored on the iPhone. To get best results you need to check your uploaded data on the Zeo website. It gives a breakdown of your sleep pattern: the amount of time awake, in deep sleep, light sleep, or REM sleep. There is a related Sleep Diary into which you can enter regular or unusual elements which may have affected your sleep - particular foods, activities etc. All this data is presented in various graphical forms. The idea is to locate and identify any factors that may be affecting your sleep. Regular emails are sent by Zeo to explain this and encourage the user to enter all relevant data and how best to interpret it. This all works well and is the heart of the product. The Zeo website can exchange data with several exercise and health websites and their related apps such Digifit and Runkeeper. Also on the website is a host of background and other sleep related information.

Once you get accustomed to the headband the system works well and it becomes fascinating to look back on your sleep patterns. I don't really have any sleep problems and so for me this is just an academic exercise in self awareness and general knowledge but I think this system could be a help to some people that find sleep difficult.

If you are having sleep problems which you feel may be related to lifestyle aspect then this might be worth a try. For those without sleep issues then the system may be of little practical use other than that of general lifestyle self awareness.

The Good
Easy to set up and use
Many interactive website tools
Daily feedback and analysis email
Could be of real benefit to some with lifestyle related sleep disorders
Not too expensive
Directly interacts with third party exercise and health websites.

The Bad
iPhone must be plugged in, powered up overnight
Moving the Zeo to the background kills the session
Headset can be uncomfortable
The charging stand is a bit awkward to use
No USB chrging option
Headband needs to be replaced every 90 days
Headbands are expensive at £18 each.
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