How well do you sleep? I think sleep is a problem for much of American humanity. That’s based upon, 1) personal experience, 2) information and unofficial surveys of those I know, and, 3) the sheer number and variety of mattress commercials on television.
Apple is in the sleep business, too. Yes, you can wear Watch while you sleep and it tracks movement and heart rate, but Apple plays a long game. In just a few short years we’ve seen Apple Watch go from a fashionable iPhone accessory, to a full-fledged exercise and health tracking device.
Beddit makes sleep-tracking devices like the Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor, which works with iOS and Apple Watch to analyze sleep. It’s a strip of sensors that slips under the sheets to track your movements.
That’s one way Apple could get into bed with customers. Like exercise, sleep has become a big deal in developed countries; probably because we’re not getting enough of it, or what we get isn’t sufficient. Notice how you feel after waking on a normal day vs. how you feel when you slept really well during the night?
All this focus on electronics for exercise and health and sleep has me thinking that Apple has something else coming down the road. After all, Apple designs, builds, and sells hardware, so the better a device works at doing more than just one or two functions, the better for Apple and better for customers.
Sleep tracking has been the preserve of dedicated fitness trackers. This is partly because the Apple Watch’s battery life, though easily more than a day, more or less requires nightly charges. This means it’s not on users’ wrists while they slumber so it can’t monitor movements and deduce sleep quality as bed-worn trackers do. That said, recharge time is fast so it’s not impossible to recharge your Watch in the half hour after you get up, say, if you’ve been wearing it all night.
That’s the case with the Mincey folk who use Watch. We never, ever charge it overnight. From a nearly depleted state Watch can be fully recharged in a few hours, so I do the recharging thing while working at my desk. That lets Watch track my sleep and heart rate overnight.
Is that important? It may be more important than we think.
You may not think about your day starting when you go to bed, which you should do. Or think about leaving yourself a half an hour to wind down before you get to bed. The Bedtime tab in Clock helps with both these things, recognizing the importance of regular go-to-bed times and sleep periods.
After increasing formal exercise, and after nearly a year of using Watch overnight while sleeping I’ve noticed my average resting heart rate has dropped, average number of hours of sleep has increased (thanks to the Bedtime setting on iPhone’s Clock app), but to be honest, I don’t feel any better after getting up each day until I get that cup of coffee. It’s probably a good thing we don’t live in California. CNN:
California coffee shops may soon be forced to warn customers about a possible cancer risk linked to their morning jolt of java. The state keeps a list of chemicals it considers possible causes of cancer, and one of them, acrylamide, is created when coffee beans are roasted.
Alright, Apple. You’ve got me during the day and while I’m sleeping. What are you going to do about my coffee habit?