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!
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?