Have you experienced sleeping problems and would like to track and fix your sleeping problem? The S+ by ResMed is designed to help analyse and improve sleep from the very first night of use. If sleep is not improving, it is possible that the cause is a sleep disorder. The S+ can produce a sleep report that will help facilitate a discussion between a user and their doctor. It summarises sleep, profile information (quantitative) and feedback (qualitative), into a user-friendly report.
The S+ features patent-protected SleepSensor technology which makes it possible for the first time to track, analyze and improve sleep at home without needing to wear a wristband or use electrodes or mattress strips. I love not having a device to track my sleep! Unlike other sleep trackers it also has the capability to analyse each stage of sleep through the night.
The S+ comprises a device that sits beside the bed, a cloud-hosted Sleep Mentor system, and a free mobile app (Apple iOS and Android). It also comes with a 1.5m cable with power supply unit. You can either use the pod with the frame or on its own, as long as the pod is close enough to you (about arm’s length), the bottom of the pod is slightly higher than the top of your mattress and no obstacles in front of the pod. The bedside device uses a highly calibrated respiratory and bio-motion sensor to measure and analyse sleep stages. It records movements caused by the expansion and relaxation of the chest with breathing in and out, and overall body movements such as positional changes, arm twitches and shrugs.
It is very easy to set up the device and the app. Within minutes, both will synchronise (Bluetooth needs to be turned on). Navigating through the app is straightforward. During the first time, I needed to key in my details including height and weight, but note they are measured in feet and pounds.
Each morning, the S+ app delivers sleep scores and sleep charts to a connected phone or tablet, and the S+ Sleep Mentor uses a software algorithm based on over two million nights of sleep data to deliver personalised feedback and suggestions to help users improve their sleep.
Unlike other smartphone apps and other sleep trackers on the market, the S+ accurately tracks every stage of the sleep process. It provides an accurate breakdown of how the night unfolds, pinpointing sleep onset, and tracking cycles of light, deep and REM sleep to help build up a picture of the quality of sleep achieved as well as the quantity.
The S+ app provides daily feedback in the form of a 0-100 Sleep Score and Sleep Charts which provide a breakdown of the light, deep and REM sleep the user has achieved overnight. The S+ has a range of additional features to help improve sleep:
- Relax to Sleep provides a choice of nine soothing sounds that synchronize with breathing patterns to help with the process of falling asleep at bedtime. Check out my video to hear some of the sounds. This is really nice to use. The sounds will turn off by itself after some time during your sleep. If I have an afternoon nap, I will also use the relaxing music via the app!
- Mind Clear allows users to record a voice message (60 second) or type a text note to help clear their mind when trying to settle to sleep.
- Smart Alarm allows users to set a window of time to 30 minutes for the S+ to naturally wake them when they are in light sleep, allowing them to wake feeling more refreshed. I didn’t use this very often as I like to keep snoozing my alarm clock!
As well as the respiratory and bio-motion sensor technology, the S+ has additional sensors that help analyse the sleeping environment by measuring light, temperature and noise levels and evaluating whether the user’s sleep patterns are influenced by these factors. The S+ also analyses how lifestyle factors such as exercise, and stress levels, along with caffeine and alcohol consumption affect the user’s sleep patterns. After you click the sleep button on your app, it will give you the short lifestyle questionnaires to key in the details.
Do check out my vlog on how the device and the app works! https://youtu.be/lhTRP-gVkDM
I find that S+ is easy to use and it gives me a very detail report. I am very impressed with the results and have been using their advice via the app. After checking my daily feedback, I have realised that I wake many times in a night. A lot of the time, I need to go to the toilet or I’m simply too cold. Now I understand that I should stop drinking after 8 pm and I plan to get a bigger duvet. With this S+, I am able to analysis my sleep and how I can achieve a better night sleep! I have been using it for over a week and I am still learning my sleep pattern. Overall, I think this is a great device to monitor my sleep and I would recommend it.
The S+ by ResMed will be available at mySleep.resmed.com, ResMed clinics, Amazon and John Lewis. For more information, please visit http://splus.resmed.com/ for more details.
Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own. Contains Amazon affiliate link.