Sleep's a delicate subject for some of us. I don't get enough, and you probably don't either. Whether it's general restlessness, anxiety over uncertainty, or roach-killing instincts at work, there's often something keeping us from getting all the beautiful sleep we need.
Perfect Third has a solution and it involves statistics. WakeMate is a Bluetooth wristband made to work for just about any cell phone under the sun. Through the magic of actigraphy, the wristband measures the motion of your sleep patterns and circadian rhythms.
Just activate the WakeMate application and set a WakeMate-approved alarm before you sleep. While the app runs, the wristband uploads all the intimately technical details of your rest to WakeMate's servers.
Once the alarm sounds, you can wake up bright and early to a fun-filled graph on WakeMate's Analytics platform showing just how well you slept, along with an optimal 20-minute window to wake up for maximum refreshment. You'll also be shown all the hard numbers and facts about how much sleep you have been getting, and what you should be getting by actigraphy standards.
The analysis is meant to be collected over a period of multiple nights, where the app will eventually get into the habit of ranking your sleep performance with faint praise or subtle grumbling and give advice on how to get a better night's sleep. Thanks, mom.
Sleep-deprived commentary aside, if this device can help me get a better sleep without the morning-after grog of sleeping pills, it might be worth it. You can pre-order your own WakeMate now for $50, with a $5 deposit and free worldwide shipping.
This story, "WakeMate Works With IPhone to Help You Sleep Better" was originally published by Macworld.