#ISleepTo be the Best Dad I Can Be. Can a Beautyrest Sleeptracker make me sleep better?

I have partnered with Life of Dad and Beautyrest for this campaign, but my opinions are my own.

As many of you know my kids are not great sleepers. On good nights, they fight to stay awake and then get up too early. On bad nights we could have two or three-night terrors and a half dozen requests for water, food, or trips to the bathroom. Naturally, all of this means I don’t get a lot of sleep.

When given the chance to try out Beautyrest’s new Sleeptracker monitor  I jumped at the chance. My kids aren’t going to quit waking me up but anything that can help me make the most of the time I am in bed and asleep is very welcome.

Setup & Sensors

When the Beautyrest Sleeptracker monitor arrived, I couldn’t wait to set it up and give it a try.  The great news is set up was a breeze. After unpacking the sensors and the processor the instructions directed me to download the Sleeptracker app. (Android / IOS) The app played a video that walks me through the very easy setup. It gave instructions on where to place the sensors and how to attach everything. The monitor was up and running in no time.

 

After the hardware was set up I had to answer a few questions. I had to let the app know which side of the bed was mine. Or at least was which side supposed to be mine when it wasn’t being invaded by the kids or my wife.

Every night when I get into bed I just turn it on and monitor takes care of the rest. There is an auto function but with my wife and I going to bed and waking up at such different times we decided to use the manual setting.

One of my favorite parts of the Beautyrest Sleeptracker monitor is there is nothing to wear. The sensors are seamlessly placed between the mattress and the foundation/frame, no need to wear a watch or wristband. I have a habit of taking things attached to me off when I sleep. I have spent many mornings looking for a watch I went to bed wearing but was gone when I woke up.  Big thumbs up for product in my book!

The Results!

It wasn’t pretty. My sleep was a mess. My daughter got up minutes after activating the monitor and then she got up again later that night. I was getting less sleep than I thought I was. To make matters worse, almost none of it was that deep restful sleep I needed to feel rested.

The next few nights weren’t any better with me only averaging 5.33 hours of sleep a night. I was awake over an hour every night. My bedtime was too erratic, and when I did finally go to bed, the kids weren’t letting me sleep. I was TIRED of not getting a good nights sleep. (get it I’m TIRED..? ) It was time to make a change.

The New Plan

Based on the advice given by my the in-app sleep coach, I made some changes. One of the most useful tools was the alerts which remind me to go to bed.  It’s bad to be a grown man with a bedtime. But I was spending way too many nights tapping away at this keyboard when I should probably be in bed.

The next step was to make the room more conducive for sleeping based on the tips in the articles suggested by the app. I made the room darker. I refrained from working right before bed, and I attempted to get some exercise during the day. It was an unsuccessful attempt but I thought real hard about going for a run…

The Big Finale

The results were promising. I did fall asleep faster. I also got more sleep overall since I was now going to
bed at a consistent time. But, there is one problem the Beautyrest Sleeptracker monitor left unaddressed, my kids. They still woke me up interrupting my otherwise peaceful slumber. Beautyrest, I have one request for version 2.0. I am not sure how you would do it but some sort of kid stopping technology would be greatly appreciated. Is that too much to ask?

 

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Bryan Alkire

Bryan is a Stay at Home Dad from Kalamazoo MI. Every day he is lucky enough to experience the joys and struggles of raising his two young girls. His older daughter, a brain tumor survivor, has just started school. His younger daughter is a ball of energy that always keeps him on his toes. He chronicles his adventures with his girls and beautiful wife on his blog www.kzoodad.com. When not watching the girls he plays golf (badly), enjoys craft beer, and working on that book he keeps promising to get done.

One thought on “#ISleepTo be the Best Dad I Can Be. Can a Beautyrest Sleeptracker make me sleep better?

  • May 6, 2017 at 10:56 am
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    I have had insomnia since getting out of the Navy in 2001. I also have 2 kids a 12 and 9 yr old. And I get up at 415 to take an adderrall to be awake by 545 am. I found that those pillows you see on TV called my pillow really help. Seems like a normal pillow, but I dumbly got dragged under my car and was in the hospital for 2 weeks. I fractured my tailbone (both sides) a vertebrae in my lower spine, and multiple places on my pelvis. I could not sleep on my side. Still really can’t. Have never woken up with any neck pain from sleeping with head turned. And seems to help me fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer. I plan on buying the mattress pad eventually (like when I can walk and move back out of my parents)! That won’t help you if they wake up but might help fall asleep easier. Idk I have taken so many things to sleep since 2001 and I don’t sleep more than 2 hrs at a time. Except now bc I think I’m healing and need more sleep. Don’t get dragged under your car when it’s stuck in reverse. Recuperation sucks!

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