Review: Apple's Beddit 3.5 Sleep Monitor Loses Features, but Gains Accuracy

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    Apple in 2017 purchased Beddit, a company that makes a sleep monitoring system designed to track your sleeping habits to help you improve your sleep hygiene.

    Apple hasn't said much about the purchase, nor what it's doing with the data it collects from the Beddit system, but in December, Apple quietly pulled the original Beddit Sleep System and introduced a redesigned model with an updated and revised feature set.

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    There have been quite a few complaints about the new 3.5 version of the Beddit Sleep Monitor (and its accompanying app) because it removes some functionality that was available with the first model Apple offered. I've been using the original Beddit since 2017, so I decided to check out the new model to see how it compares.

    As it turns out, the complaints about removed features are valid, but the improvements introduced in the updated version shouldn't be overlooked.

    Design

    The 3.5 version of the Beddit Sleep Monitor is similar in design to the previous models, consisting of a fabric-covered strip outfitted with a number of sensors designed to track movement, heart rate, and other parameters that can impact sleep.

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    Measuring in at 2.5 inches wide by 30 inches long and 2mm thick, the Beddit Sleep Monitor is meant to be placed on top of a mattress right about where your heart is located when you sleep.

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    The idea is to put the fitted sheet over the sensor once it's been placed across a mattress. You need to make sure nothing else is over it like another blanket or a pillow -- sheet only between the sensor and your body.

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    On one side of the Beddit, there's a USB cord that plugs into a small 5W iPhone-style power adapter, and underneath, there's a rubber-like material meant to keep the Beddit from slipping and sliding. The older model used something similar, but the new one uses a sturdier, more rigid material.


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  2. Unity451 macrumors regular

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    I seriously love the idea of this thing, but I just can't bring myself to spend $150 for a device to tell me just HOW bad I'm sleeping.
     
  3. rmoliv macrumors 6502a

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    That thing would make me lose my sleep.
     
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    This is a timely review, I was just considering the full spectrum of sleep monitors to complement a new mattress purchase. I ended up with the Beautyrest Sleepscore system due to the price per user ($100 total, $50 per sleeper), installation/ comfort (below the mattress), and general performance being on par with the rest of the solutions.

    I feel that while having the data is overall positive, the real features you pay for are logging sleep start/end and smart alarm clock, with the analytics and notifications as a "bonus". Coordinating this data with exercise, weight, and nutrition is what can yield a pretty comprehensive picture of your health.
     
  5. locovaca macrumors regular

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    I’d be curious on how this compares to a watch tracking app. I use autosleep personally (i use my old s0 with a bad display for tracking) and it seems to have several of the faults you foun, especially the sleeping vs lying still problem.
     
  6. DMinTX macrumors regular

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    I considered the new Beddit, but chose to go with the Withings Sleep tracker. We have their scale, thermometer and blood pressure cuff and have been pleased with those devices. I had been using it Since 1/8/2019.

    So far, I have been pleased with the performance. On nights when it recorded a low score, I felt noticeably less rested in the morning. High scores tend to correlate with mornings I felt more rested.

    While we have not done precise measurements, my wife’s comments on my snoring, or lack there of, seem to align as well. It also seems to do a reasonable job on asleep vs. awake.

    We are impressed enough to pull the trigger for a 2nd one for her.
     
  7. Chrjy macrumors 6502a

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    "Sleep Hygiene" - now there's a term I can't take seriously!
     
  8. Applebot1 macrumors 6502a

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    Beddit sounds like a dating app.

    In all serious, is it any good?
     
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    There's a pretty big chance I'd mistake it for a snake while semiconscious.
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  10. mrow macrumors regular

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    Serious question: do you need to turn it off or unplug it during sex so as to not throw off your readings and scores?
     
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    I wouldn’t be able to sleep cuz my subconscious would always be like I need to sleep perfectly, I hope it’s tracking me correctly, what if I move too much, hope it doesn’t break etc
     
  12. Killbill2 macrumors newbie

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    Bought it, gave it 29 days and returned it. First Apple product I’ve ever returned in 30 years.
    The app can’t work out that I’ve gotten up, wearing my watch and using my phone while drinking coffee 3 miles away… it still thinks I’m in bed. Really? Yep it’s my partner rolled over to my side! But i expect Apple to have sweated the details. Apple didn’t. Bad Apple. This is one of the products that Apple should have been proud it didn’t ship. It did ship—disgusting.
     
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    My guess with this is that Apple is planning for the time when you can leave your watch on for days at a time and therefore could track your sleep patterns along with other health data.
     
  15. Piggie macrumors G3

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    I wondered about that.

    My Sleep Hygiene?
    You mean to stop me, farting, weeing and pooing in bed?
     
  16. Jetfire macrumors 6502

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    He said it' not bad but also not great. The biggest issue is the price since they nerferd the software. 3.5 is not an improvement on the previous version. Apple also doesn't seem to be promoting it as an Apple product. If was $79 it be worth it.
     
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    ‘Disappointing product’ are my thoughts :).

    I would expect a product release to be an improvement on any previous version it replaces - hence ‘disappointing’ - additionally the price doesn’t justify the offering.


     
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    As pointed out above, the review done by DC Rainmaker is pretty indicative that the product most likely isn't worth it. He does a really good job at evaluating these types of things. Maybe a future firmware/software update makes it worth the price, but I'd wait until then.
     

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