Review of Beddit (now Misfit Beddit)
The Beddit is the latest in the range of sleep tracking devices that works with your iPhone and responds to the issue of how to measure sleep with a band that you attach to your mattress. Certainly much more logical an idea than measuring sleep from your wrist or phone tucked under your pillow, so we were excited to get our hands on the Beddit and try it out.
WHAT IS TRACKED?
Beddit tracks your sleep, heart rate, snoring and sleeping environment feeding this back into an app on your smartphone. To go into a little more detail, the device measures your sleep quality, bed time, the rhythm of your sleep, sleep time, time taken to fall asleep, waking events, snoring, resting heart rate and general bedroom noise. It is by far the most comprehensive sleep-related tracking device we’ve ever tried here at Pixel Health.
I have been mildly obsessed with the quality of my sleep for a number of years now (following years of issues) and so have tried a variety of different measurement and coaching options. Comparing the Beddit to any of these is really rather tough, as it is the only one that can really judge how I’m sleeping – as it has so much data available to make that judgement. Ultimately, it seemed to always be very accurate and gave me some interesting insight.
The app to see all the data Beddit has to offer is available on both Apple and Android. The app is a clean design that present you with all the data in the style of an infographic for each night. I would like to see more ability to compare your sleep over time and actually analyse the data, but as apps go this is a good looking and functional service.
The Beddit is a simple enough service to use, although there are a couple of issues I’ve had with the experience. Firstly is the Bluetooth connection each night, which has been a little glitchy and if (like me) you use your phone to listen to something as you go to sleep then you will find yourself hunched over the screen turning the sound back on repeatedly as the Beddit tends to switch it off. I’m sure the sound issue could be easily rectified within the app by adding a way to play music, but the Bluetooth syncing is rather more an issue with all wireless devices as far as I can see – they all glitch out every now and again.
Secondly, the alarm…it is one of the singularly most irritating sounds I’ve ever come across. Now you may think that this is surely perfect for an alarm, but I found it so irritating that it would actually mean I woke up in a bad mood! Even my wife would curse it as she rolled away and tried to sleep a little longer before our baby wakes her more permanently. Again, this is definitely something that could be fixed with a couple of alarm options within the app, but currently being forced to use only one option means I’m not a massive fan.
Having said all this, fixing the device was very easy, setting it up was as simple as any other Bluetooth device and overall the experience was pretty good. I just had a couple of issues that I found quite frustrating (though I will concede the second it a matter of opinion too).
As already mentioned, there was the odd sync glitch and I believe there was briefly an app update that seemed to knock the entire service off for a while. However, app updates aside the Beddit synced as well as any other Bluetooth device I’ve used and ‘failed’ as much as any other.
The Beddit (now known as the Misfit Beddit following its acquisition by the Pixel Health favourite) is available for £129.95. This is not cheap, particularly given the Misfit Shine and many other wearables will track your sleep relatively well and there are a few good apps that will track your sleep on your phone for a couple of pounds sterling. However, if sleep is an issue and you’re looking for something to help you track you progress truly accurately, then this is for you. For a good sleeper though, I would have to question the value though.
Overall, the Beddit is a really good device and seems to be the only one of its type available, but maybe there’s a reason why it’s the only one of its kind…the devices we are wearing on our wrist are becoming so small and smart that they can give a strong indication of how well we sleep with a single cost of around £100. As such, who would spend the extra £100 or so to track sleep a little better? Well, I actually know a few people that I think might, but the number is certainly not huge. Having said all that, it is a really good device and, bar a couple of small issues that are eminently fixable, the best way to track your sleep if money was not the issue.