Beddr Launches iPhone-Connected 'SleepTuner' Device to Track and Improve Your Sleep

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Startup Beddr today launched the "SleepTuner," the first FDA-registered consumer sleep wearable that helps to assess and improve sleep quality. SleepTuner is a small accessory (about the size of a postage stamp) with Bluetooth Low Energy that attaches to your forehead to measure sleep duration, track heart rate, optimize nighttime breathing, and improve oxygenation, all viewable when synced to the compatible iOS app.


    Specifically, SleepTuner was built to help accurately measure oxygen and breathing overnight in order to determine if the user suffers from sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Beddr says that its tracker includes "the essentials of a traditional sleep lab" to measure blood oxygen levels, heart rate, sleep position, and stopped breathing events.

    To use, SleepTuner is attached to the forehead by a hypoallergenic disposable adhesive, which the company says avoids the pitfalls of rival options that have numerous wires and other attachments. The device has a 50 mAh battery that provides up to 20 hours of continuous test time, and is rechargeable. SleepTuner has optical sensors and a 3-axis accelerometer to gather sleep data, which is saved in the Beddr Cloud until the user syncs it with the iOS app in the morning.


    Once synced, the app gathers data from SleepTuner over the course of its use, providing users with helpful insights like determining their optimal sleeping position, overall sleep quality, pointing out how often they wake up, highlighting night-to-night improvements, and more.

    Beddr compares SleepTuner to a few other sleep-tracking capable products on its website, including Apple Watch Series 4 and Beddit:


    SleepTuner is available to pre-order on Beddr's website for $149, including the sensor, 12 adhesive strips, a charging cable, and a protective case. The device will begin shipping next month.

    Article Link: Beddr Launches iPhone-Connected 'SleepTuner' Device to Track and Improve Your Sleep
  2. Maclver macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2008
    36°07′53″N 95°56′14″W
    Currently use Pillow with the Apple Watch, would be curious how well the adhesive strips hold up and if I would need to keep on buying them....
  3. mistafro macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2003
  4. earthTOmitchel Contributing Editor


    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    That's my biggest question too, I reached out to ask for clarification on this but haven't heard back yet. If 12 strips = 12 nights... that's not great.
  5. djlythium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2014
    A patch placed on your forehead?

    Seems like an early April Fools joke.
  6. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    I wouldn’t mind using double side tape once the 12 strips run out. It’s just double sided tape for a couple of hours at night.

    My question to you all is:

    Do you think this is better than the Beddit solution? The beddit seems like a good solution knowing I don’t have to turn on the app before crashing to bed. The downside of the beddit is I hear the strip on the bed has to be readjusted on the bed every few nights due to tossing and turning.
  7. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    From their FAQ, they suggest you wear it nightly for the first couple nights, then make the suggested adjustments and test again. After that, they suggest weekly or monthly re-assesments. So it sounds like they may be single use but 12 would get you through a couple months of use.

    It appears they don't intend it to be use every night on an ongoing basis but more for tuning your sleep and then the occasional review.
  8. Pafoofnik, Oct 18, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2018

    Pafoofnik macrumors member


    Apr 14, 2014
    If Beddr ever invents a device to detect if one is constipated or if one suffers from extreme flatulence or ED so that info can be transferred directly to Apple HQ, I wonder where they'll have you adhere the sensor.
  9. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Seems like an excellent way to LOSE sleep by worrying about sleep.

    Since this is a Bluetooth device... Why the heck is a person's sleep patterns uploaded to their server? Totally unnecessary.

    Data mining at its finest. Why would anyone trust this obscure company with their most intimate health data?
  10. iMerik macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    My forehead is tingling just thinking about it.
  11. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    I included in my pre-order notes to please also sell me 365 strips. 12 won't be enough.
  12. patrickbarnes macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    “FDA-registered” doesn’t really mean anything.

    The product seems useful to a certain set of people.
  13. jasheeky macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2009
  14. honglong1976 macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2008
    Looks great till I read "attached to the forehead by a hypoallergenic disposable adhesive."

    So, everyday I sleep track I need to glue something to my head.

    Pass! I will stick to the Apple Watch.
  15. racerhomie macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2015
    I just use the Sleep Cycle app. It works great ,without any straps.
  16. macslayer118 macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Do you want these radio waves literally attached to your forehead for a number of hours each night. I don’t know the exact science and research, but that cant be good for your brain.
  17. Marekul macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2018
    Seriously. Also why I can’t bring myself to use wireless headphones (besides the compression issuest)...
    --- Post Merged, Oct 18, 2018 ---
    Oh don’t worry it’s just Bluetooth, with frequencies somewhere in the region of your microwave oven....
  18. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
  19. arturmeireles macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2009
    In the compare list, doesn't show Nokia/Withings Sleep tracker. In my opinion, compared to the other sleep trackers, Nokia/Withings sleep tracker is the best.
  20. makr macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2016
  21. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    If I were curious in tracking my sleep pattern, this would certainly pique my interest (but a patch on your forehead is a bit weird).
  22. Jamnabot macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2005
  23. Unity451 macrumors regular


    Aug 29, 2011
  24. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    It's a cerebral oximeter. Versions are used in hospitals all the time.
  25. CyberBob859 macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2007
    Unfortunately, putting a patch on my forehead would draw attention to the patch, which would prevent me from sleeping, and thereby defeat the whole purpose of this system.

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