By Oktay Ozadam
Dr Anda Baharav was the individual who made the breakthroughs necessary to establish the Sleeptracker App; she did so by discovering the connection between heartbeat and different sleep stages.
SleepRate was intended to be as easy as taking a pregnancy set and as a substitute for having to go to a sleep clinic.
The desire was that the app to be an easily accessible but first-class fix for nearly anyone.
The company has other projects involving wearable sleep monitoring devices, and they were tracking sleep patterns with pulse chest belts since 2011.
Although the core app is the SleepRate App, the company also has "Sleep Checkup", "Wake Mode," and "SleepX."
SleepRate has found other ways to help outside of just these apps. Between September 5th and October 3rd, the company will launch an event called "Global Sleep Fix", which is intended to help people improve the quality of their sleep. The result of this would, of course, be a better and healthier life.
SleepRate - A look into Features
What features you get with the app will depend somewhat on which plan you choose, as the more expensive plans showcase more tools. To get a list of what you get with each plan just keep reading, we will get into that very soon.
Here is a quick breakdown of all of the features you can expect with the app:
- Daily/weekly sleep data and analysis based on movement and heart rate
- Smart Alarm – works by waking you up naturally with your sleep cycle
- Noise and snoring detection which aids in healthy sleep
- Relaxation biofeedback – for Android only
- Can be connected to a heart rate tracking device
- Automated CBTi-based therapy
- Works with apple watch and android wear
- Apple health/google fit integration
- Data export
- Professional sleep diagnosis
- Automated assessment of behavioral sleep disorders
- Comprehensive assessment report
- Sleep education videos
- Personalized sleep improvement
- Mindfulness exercises
- Personal reminders
- Weekly progress reports
With this app, you can track and analyze your sleep patterns, both on your own and in receiving professional feedback. You will even be able to access therapy through the app to get a healthy night of sleep on a consistent basis.
This sleep tracker app will give you information regarding the quality and structure of your sleep behavior daily.
The smart alarm is designed to wake you up without interrupting your natural sleep cycle. The tracker app analyzes based on movement or heart rate in order to determine wakefulness and sleep.
The app boasts having professional grade features and an app platform that is easy to use. It has sleep pattern analysis, cycle monitoring, and snoring detection. It is compatible with the majority of Bluetooth enabled heart rate trackers.
The CBTi-based therapy and the assessment of behavioral sleep disorders are both automated.
Accuracy and How It Works
There are not a lot of studies on individual apps, but we do know that most sleep tracker apps work using body movements, or actigraphy, which help to determine when a person is asleep and for what period of time. Unfortunately, actigraphy is not a perfect science.
The main issue noted is that people with insomnia may lie awake for long periods and be registered as sleeping just because they are still. I can also attest that I have seen people in a pretty heavy sleep move quite a lot while dreaming—you can probably think of such an occasion too.
The upside is that SleepRate can work by monitoring heart rate, which is a much more reliable and accurate way to measure if someone is asleep or not. Typically heart rate will be slower when we are asleep versus awake, so considering the problems with using movement to detect sleep, it makes much more sense to use the more reliable method.
In a study about using heart rate monitors for tracking sleep, it is mentioned how the information tracked by a heart rate monitor can be stored and later uploaded to the cloud. This has shown to be a useful method for evaluating sleep. Heart rate can be monitored fairly well-using fitness belts which are HRMs(heart rate monitor belts) communication protocol.
Close monitoring of this kind can detect hyperarousal and in doing so could clue you into the possibility that a period of insomnia could be looming in the near future. Of course, you can imagine that this might be helpful information to have and might allow you to take measures to sleep better.
Naturally, it would be difficult for an app to measure something like a heartbeat on its own.
The truth is that SleepRate does not directly track heart rate, but instead requires the use of a compatible device that can track heart rate.
The sleep-related data actually depends greatly on the connected device that you use. The different wearables include:
- Chest Belts - These work using an index of recovery and algorithms. You will get data that consists of any stress or sleep disruptions, sleep efficiency, the time you fall asleep, and sleep states in addition to heart rate data.
- Smartwatches - Work using movement-accelerometer data. Unfortunately, these ones do not track heart rate, but it does track the time you wake and fall asleep, as well as sleep efficiency.(Apple Watch, Android Wear, Some Samsung Devices)
- Smartwatches and Wrist-Word Devices - These utilize movement and heart rate data. You will get the same data and analysis as you would with a chest belt. Currently, Fitbit is not supported. (Garmin)
- Contactless Devices - This type of device also uses movement and instantaneous heart rate data. Currently, EarlySense is the only contactless device.
Here is a list of devices that are commonly used with the SleepRate app include:
- Polar H10
- Fitbit Wrist Band
- Garmin Wearables
- Hexoskin Smart Shirts
- Wear OS Watches
- Polar H7
- Suunto Smart Sensor
- Wahoo TICKR
- Under Armour HRM
- CardioSport HRM
So, how does SleepRate work when you pair it with another device? It will provide you with a detailed analysis of sleep stages when you use it along with a compatible device capable of tracking heart rate.
The company once sold a "Sleep Improvement Kit" which included a tracking device called Polar H7; however, the kit is no longer for sale.
3 Paid Sleep Plans
The SleepRate tracker features three unique one-year sleep plans at different prices and with different perks. Each of these plans is meant to last the duration of a year.
Sleep Monitoring - This is the cheapest plan available and includes daily and weekly sleep data, smart alarm, noise and snoring detection, relaxation biofeedback (Android only,) connectivity to heart rate tracking device, works with apple watch, and android wear, apple health/google fit integration, and data export.
The focus of this plan is to help you monitor and track your sleep structure. Even though it is the most basic plan, you will still be able to enjoy quite a few tools. You will get a comprehensive analysis of nighttime stress, sleep stages, and other aspects.
Sleep Assessment - The next plan up includes all the previous features in addition to professional sleep diagnosis, comprehensive assessment report, and sleep education videos.
The company has dubbed this as a "professional grade sleep check-up." After a week of having your sleep structure monitored you will be given a sleep report. This report is made to be simple, tailored to your needs, and delivered to you to review in your home.
This report will give you a description of your sleep activity throughout that week in great detail. It will also pinpoint and explain any issues identified in your sleep quality. This might be able to reveal what problems are causing you to have poor quality sleep at night.
Sleep Improvement – This is the most expensive and comprehensive plan, and it includes all of the previous features as well as personalized sleep improvement, mindfulness exercises, personal reminders, and weekly progress reports.
The company calls this plan a "personal sleep doctor - in your pocket." This plan gives you a customized therapy plan that is tailored to your unique needs. It states that it can help you improve sleep quality and fix any problems you may have. This plan offers guidance one step at a time.
This is the ultimate plan offered by the app which states that it will help you overcome just about any sleep problems. It indicates it can help reduce the number of times you wake up at night, help you fall asleep faster, and get more sleep if it is needed. You will have more energy during the day and have a good night of rest regularly—according to the description given by the company.
What is CBT-I?
SleepRate takes advantage of CBTi which is a type of behavioral sleep therapy. CBTi was born at the Behavioral Sleep Division in the Stanford University.
CBT-I stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. Rather than using pharmaceutical methods to treat insomnia, this method focuses on scheduling and sleep habits. In case you didn't already know, CBT it a form of therapy that involves acknowledging, understanding, and changing thinking patterns to overcome psychological obstacles.
People who try CBT-I will often keep a sleep diary and see a clinician who will work with them by making sleep assessments. They will also help them to change their sleeping patterns. A lot of this therapy involves changing the way that you perceive sleep, reducing anxiety about sleeping, and reinforcing the connection between sleep and bed.
CBT-I can be considered a behavioral sleep medicine program which helps people with insomnia, sleep apnea, and other disorders to get healthy and normal sleep without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. CBT-I encourages people to not go to bed, or be in bed at all unless they are sleepy. It also has people set a regular wake time and may address anxieties involved with sleeping if any are present.
Common Customer Complaints About SleepRate
There have been a few complaints that we have seen repeated more than once, so you might be more likely to have to deal with one of these issues.
One of the problems reported often is that after waking up the app asks users to manually input the details of their sleep experience, even though they are connected to a device such as a Garmin. This is just the sleep diary questions, and they exist to help people compare the data with their perceptions of sleep.
Some people are getting the app and trying to pair it with their smartwatch but are unable to do so, for example with Samsung gear.
The app doesn't work with every device, and you should check whether yours is in the supported device list before installing the app. In this case, Samsung Gear doesn't have Android Wear. The app works with Android Wear smartwatches. It can sync with Fitbit and Garmin, and it will work with monitors such as Wahoo TICKR and Polar H10.
So keep in mind that depending on the kind of smart watch you have, the app may not actually work.
Final Thoughts on SleepRate
It should be noted that Sleeprate will work even if it is not paired with a wearable device. It can still use in-app data to gather important facts, habits, and concerns. You can still use and get something from the app and the sleep improvement program even if you do not have a compatible device.
Of course, if you want a more detailed and comprehensive sleep analysis you can utilize BYOD (Bring Your Own Device.)
It has pretty wide compatibility with a variety of different devices, which is also nice. It does provide some sleep aiding with mindfulness or breathing exercises which may help you fall asleep. The app also has sleep diary questions which is another useful and common feature in sleep trackers.
- Packed full of useful features
- Three plans to meet your needs and budget
- Does not work with all smart watches
- May have to answer questions about sleep quality