If you have ever still felt tired after a full night’s sleep, your doctor may have recommended that you participate in a sleep study to pinpoint if you are having issues. Sleep studies typically involve spending a night in the hospital and often require you to be hooked up to all sorts of monitors. Also, the tests can cost a significant amount of money to run.
Sleep monitors have been out there for a number of years now and can do a good job of measuring just how much we sleep. However, they aren’t great at telling us what those measurements mean or how to improve the quality of our sleep. Somno Health’s EverSleep promises that it will not only monitor your sleep patterns but will detect conditions such as snoring, apnea, and insomnia. They have launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for this comprehensive sleep tracker and has already surpassed its fundraising goal.
The company said that its EverSleep Personal Sleep Tracker will use the same oxygen-monitoring technology health care professionals use. EverSleep also provides personalized coaching to help solve sleep problems. The iOS and Android apps will be ready in about a month, and they will pair with the hardware. That hardware consists of a wire with a sensor that clips onto your finger tip as well as a band that wraps around your wrist.
You will be able to download an analysis app that details nightly sleep measurements and explains the causes of any abnormalities like snoring, insomnia, breathing disturbances (that can be caused by sleep apnea), pulse rate, micro-motions, and continuous blood oxygen levels. Typically, these types of tests can run in the hundreds of dollars, require a nights stay in the hospital and often only used for a limited time period.
EverSleep uses a very non-intrusive technique to measure blood oxygen, severe and mild snoring, pulse abnormalities, sleep fragmentation, autonomic micro-motions, and time in bed. The sleep analysis engine differentiates between sleep problems and gives you specific tips to improve them. For example, it may be able to tell the difference between several types of insomnia, each with different recommendations for treatment. The app may ask if you have allergies that may have caused breathing interruptions that led to the insomnia.
If you have ever been to a sleep lab, you know they often require special referrals. They hook you up to lots of wires, and then the results have to be interpreted by a sleep specialist. When you finally get your results back it can cost around $1,200 or more.
Somno Health’s team includes engineers and clinicians with a lot of experience in sleep tracking. Cofounders David Tobler and Chris Cowley are medical device engineers focused on oxygen-monitoring technology. Plus, cofounder Craig Pickerill is a sleep clinician and entrepreneur who built a chain of sleep labs.
With just 16 days left in its campaign, EverSleep has already surpassed its fundraising goal insuring that its trackers will get shipped on time (October 2017). For $139 you can still get in on the early bird special and receive a tracker of your own.