To help me (and you) determine how well the Sleep Sensei works, I have come up with a 6-week sleep study. This is the same study I used with volunteers when the Sleep Sensei was a product concept.
This informal study compares your normal sleep behavior to your sleep patterns when using the Sleep Sensei. It is usually very difficult to judge the amount of time it takes to fall asleep on a given night, but with modern tools, it is easier than ever to get a reasonably accurate measure on time to fall asleep and sleep quality.
All it takes is a smartphone (or fitbit… see the section below for more info). Using a form of actigraphy, the phone’s accelerometer is able to determine when you are moving and when you are stationary, and from this information, a sleep tracking app can determine which phase of sleep you are in. Using this data, you can determine how long it took you to fall asleep, how long you stayed asleep for, and how deep your sleep was.
How to Participate
- View the sleep log and click the link at the top to print a copy to put by your bedside.
- Get a sleep tracking app for your smartphone.
- Set up your smartphone (or other device) and get to sleep. Follow the instructions in the app to place your phone in an ideal spot to track your movements during sleep.
- When you wake up, look at your sleep data, determine how long it took you to fall asleep, and write it on your log. For more info, check out this infographic.
- Daily or weekly, submit your sleep data to the sleep log.
Ideally, record at least 3 weeks of sleep data without the Sleep Sensei, and then record and least 3 weeks of data with the Sleep Sensei. This ensures that the data will have some statistical significance. Of course, the more the merrier!
I will begin compiling the data that I receive, and I’ll post updates with results based on your submissions.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing how many people the Sleep Sensei can help!