I wrote about some of Apple’s recent moves in the Health space a couple of weeks ago and it got me thinking about other things I could be doing and services that are available that I can take advantage of. For example, I started using an accurate blood pressure monitor that syncs up with my iPhone and Apple Health via Bluetooth earlier this year. I actually had my anxiety over getting it taken at doctor’s offices because it was high for a bit. That anxiety just pushed it higher each time it was taken. Now that I am taking it often and exercising and eating a little better, my BP is back down to normal and the anxiety is gone. A little monitoring can make a big difference.
In that earlier article, I mentioned the new Beddit Model 3.5 Sleep Monitor. This is the first major update of the product since Apple bought the company and made Beddit their own. I was wondering at the time if Apple will start to push the product into the spotlight and start to move into other forms of health monitoring than we see so far with the Apple Watch. There hasn’t been any big push yet, but I’m still interested to see if a sleep tracker you don’t have to wear can deliver the goods.
I just happened to be at my local Apple Store this afternoon. I was picking up my wife’s brand new yellow iPhone XR and also dropping off her older SE to get the battery replaced before the $29 dollar special ends at the close of 2018. I remembered the release of the new Beddit model and decided to check it out. They had two in stock, so I decided to take the plunge and picked one up.
$150 is not a trivial amount of money to get a better idea of your sleep habits. However, I know I haven’t been sleeping as much as I should, and I am interested to learn more about how that affects the quality of sleep I get. As I get a little older, this is becoming more important. Time never loses, but maybe a little more info will help me delay the inevitable for a bit.
I have my new Beddit set up on my mattress and ready to go for tonight and going forward. Setup was super simple. You just lay it horizontally on your mattress around chest high, put your fitted sheet back over it. It’s flat enough that you don’t notice it underneath you.
All that’s left is to plug in the charging cable. Speaking of which, here is one way you can tell that Apple owns this company now.
Check out that charging brick. Look familiar? The cable is just like what you would find in an iPhone box, as well. The USB-A plug is bigger than iPhone’s, but that is the only difference.
I’ll leave it at this for now. I will be using the Beddit over the coming weeks and sharing my experience with it. Hopefully it will justify the price tag and I will learn more about my sleep than I’ve ever imagined. We shall see.