Apple acquired Beddit in 2017 and the company went quiet since then until a few days ago when a product by the name of Beddit 3.5 (Beddit’s last product was Beddit 3.0) appeared on Apple’s online store. ($149.95)
I last used the Beddit in 2014 and back then, the sleep monitoring strap was taped to the bed with some inconvenience. Fast forward to 2018 and it seems under Apple’s wing, Beddit has found an ingenious method of ensuring the strap stays on the bed without the sticky tapes.
The Apple Beddit 3.5 measures sleep time, heart rate, breathing, snoring duration, and bedroom temperature and humidity. Simply lay the Beddit 3.5 strap across the bed underneath the sheets and have the USB end plugged into continuous power, activate the app when you go to bed and let Beddit 3.5 do the rest.
The great thing here is how easy Apple has made the entire sleep tracking process. Sleep analysis and heart rate data are also stored in the Health app and users will also receive sleep report notifications, bedtime reminders, and nudges on the Apple Watch.
Since 2014, I’ve seen companies like Fitbit, Garmin, and Polar roll out their proprietary sleep tracking system with some claiming sleep stages tracking (think REM sleep). Independent sleep monitoring systems from companies such as Oura and Emfit have also attempted to quantify sleep in a similar manner.
The Apple Beddit 3.5, which requires the Beddit 3.5 mobile app, does not seem to claim any sleep stage tracking at present.
A chance encounter with the book called “Why we sleep” by Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, opened my mind on the complexities of sleep; specifically how little we know and how much there is to know about this biological activity we do for a third of our lives.
Since sleep is absolutely necessary, you might as well learn more about it through one of the readily available wearables.