According to Beddr, a health technology company, one billion people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep, and even more suffer from poor quality sleep. This is why the California based company, founded in 2016 by a team of digital health entrepreneurs, launched SleepTuner, the first FDA-registered consumer sleep wearable, to help improve sleep quality.
Designed to provide in-depth, personalised insights into your sleep quality, SleepTuner captures much of the same clinical data and accurately measures blood oxygen (SpO2), heart rate, sleep position and stopped breathing events. It then offers actionable recommendations on how to improve your sleep. “Poor quality sleep can lead to a greater risk of a variety of chronic conditions, like type 2 diabetes, hypertension and depression,” said Mike Kisch, CEO and co-founder of Beddr. “The key to better sleep is breathing, and SleepTuner provides access to insights on oxygen levels that cannot be found in traditional consumer sleep trackers. We aim to empower anyone to figure out the cause of their poor sleep within a few days in the privacy of their own home.”
The SleepTuner sensor takes many of the sophisticated electronics and sensors of traditional overnight sleep labs or take-home kits and condenses them into a safe, user-friendly wearable. The product is the size of a postage stamp and brags the weight of a nickel, the sensor is designed for comfort and ease-of-use when worn while sleeping throughout multiple nights. The SleepTuner is attached to the forehead by a hypoallergenic disposable adhesive. Key to the design of the sensor is making sure it does not disrupt a user’s sleep like the existing options, which involve numerous wires and attachments that can affect comfort and ultimately sleep.
Using optical sensors and a 3-axis accelerometer, the SleepTuner goes beyond basic sleep trackers to accurately measure SpO2, stopped breathing events, heart rate, sleeping position, movement and awakenings. Data is securely stored in the Beddr Cloud until it is synced with the Beddr app via Bluetooth.
“The key to better sleep is breathing, and SleepTuner provides access to insights on oxygen levels that cannot be found in traditional consumer sleep trackers.”
In a recent study conducted at the UCSF Hypoxia Lab, the Beddr SleepTuner was found to be accurate with an error margin of only +/- 2.2 per cent when compared to an arterial blood draw, which is within the FDA allowable error margin of +/- 3.5 per cent. This data indicates that the Beddr SleepTuner can accurately measure oxygen saturation levels, a key indicator of risk for sleep breathing disorders like sleep apnea.
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When it comes to the Beddr app, it has been designed to let you measure success night-to-night and build insights at your own pace. The SleepTuner sensor connects with the free iOS app, guiding users through the Beddr sleep tuning process, optimally over the course of a week. The Beddr app combines the data collected by the sensor with self-reported sleep hygiene information to help users determine their optimal sleep position, overall sleep quality, stopped breathing events, oxygen saturation levels and night-to-night improvements.
The question now is how will the sleep tracking efforts of Apple Watch, Fitbit, and other products compare with Beddr’s SleepTuner? If you would like to find out, then you should be ready to fork out $149.00, a price which includes the sensor, 12 adhesives, a charging cable and a protective case. You can reserve your very own sleep wearable now. Note, the estimated shipping date will be as of November 2018.
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