November 28, 2019
Beddr's Sleep Filled Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deal
Beddr is offering a $30 discount on the SleepTuner and a one hour webinar for people who purchase by Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:59pm PT with code Holiday2019.
Beddr is offering a $30 discount on the SleepTuner and a one hour webinar for people who purchase by Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:59pm PT with code Holiday2019.
What is True Sleep? Very simply put, it is a science backed, evidence based, medically sound, nuanced and comprehensive definition of what comprises achievable healthy sleep for each one of us - in the here and now of our lives, personalities, preferences and constraints.
There are many things that impact sleep during the holidays. Beddr provides some tips on getting the best possible sleep during the holidays, ways to create an environment conducive to sleep while you travel, and things to consider if you're hosting.
Beddr is pleased to announce that today we’ve been recognized as one of CNBC’s Upstart 100 companies. In CNBC’s own words, The Upstart 100 is CNBC’s exclusive list of promising young start-ups, featuring a diverse group of companies that are building brands and breaking industry barriers on the path to becoming tomorrow’s household names. To be eligible, companies must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for the 2019 CNBC Upstart 100 list:
Beddr expands upon its FDA-listed sleep wearable with improved data and insights, expert-led sleep coaching and sleep physician telemedicine network
In 2016 consumers spent $41 billion on sleep aids, remedies, and products – including wearable devices that track heart rate and/or sleep duration – and this is expected to increase to $52 billion by 2020. While many people are seeking a “magic bullet” to help them improve their sleep, the majority of these devices are passive in nature and lack evidence that they actually help improve sleep.
If you’re one of the millions of people that feel tired all the time, you may have a sleep disorder – and you’re not alone. It’s estimated that approximately 90 million people in the United States struggle with sleep disorders which can lead to serious health conditions that may impact more than just the length of your sleep. There are many different treatment methods for the various sleep disorders. Let’s review the more common ones, and what can be done to treat them.
With 90 million Americans struggling with at least one kind of sleep disorder, it’s no wonder that public interest in sleep hygiene has spiked in recent years. With so many people seeking a greater understanding of how sleep affects their overall health and well-being, the consumer health tech field took note and a barrage of new products flooded the market. Although some claim that they have recorded millions of nights of sleep data most is not particularly useful in the eyes of a trained sleep physician.
A look 10 years into the future at the challenges we face in understanding the importance of sleep management and how will we better understand and improve our future sleep habits and needs.
Sleeping with the lights on stimulates alertness that can hinder us getting a restful night of sleep. Discover the importance of sleeping in darkness.
Deep sleep is very important for both physical and mental restoration. When you’re in a state of deep sleep, your body goes into recovery. Learn how to get more deep sleep and how your sleep cycles work.
Oftentimes, improving your sleep hygiene and making simple lifestyle changes can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Learn some of the best tips for better sleep hygiene.
For those looking for a method to treat snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, a custom mouth guard can be a non-invasive, highly effective solution. Discover how custom mouth guards (also called “oral appliances”) can help alleviate sleep apnea symptoms.
Pulse oximetry is a noninvasive and painless test that measures the oxygen level in your blood (or your oxygen saturation level). Learn how sleep apnea disrupts oxygen intake, leading to a multitude of health issues.
By the time you’re an adult, your body has trained itself to send the bladder into a form of hibernation while you’re asleep. Ideally, this natural action allows us to enjoy the full benefits of a long night of restful sleep, sometimes accompanied by the need to pee in the morning. But in reality, this isn’t always how the evening plays out.
The field of sleep dentistry is a fast-emerging area of dental practice. Sleep dentists work in conjunction with physicians who specialize in sleep medicine to help identify and treat their patients with the best techniques available. Dentists who practice dental sleep medicine focus on using custom-fit oral appliances to treat conditions like snoring and sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Tuning? Think of it this way: you have a prized car or guitar that you really love. It was made by experts and at the moment you took ownership, it was in perfect condition. But with the passage of time and regular use, it needs to be tuned so it can still perform at its best. And you probably won’t tune it the same way every time. Rather, you’ll notice nuances and differences that weren’t there before, and adjust accordingly on a case-by-case basis as time passes. There’s no one-size-fits-all with sleep tuning. You make small adjustments, change a few habits, learn a few new ones then give them a spin to see if you feel more rested. The Beddr SleepTuner offers objective insights to see if your tuning is having a measurable impact on the quality of your sleep.
Did you know that exposing your eyes to morning sunlight can significantly improve your sleep health as well as give you a feeling of being more energized in the morning? Let’s explore the far-reaching effects of light on our sleep health, and how you can create simple habits and routines around letting in the right light at the right time.
You’re lying in bed, ready to sleep, but sleep just isn’t coming. Does this sound familiar? Whether it’s right after your head hits the pillow or in the middle of the night, the inability to fall asleep is always an unwelcome guest. So what are you supposed to do? It may sound counterintuitive, but instead of lying down, you should get up.
It’s a situation no one wants, yet many find themselves in. You’re in bed, wide awake, and the person you share a bed with is sound asleep—and snoring. Whether the snores prevent you from falling asleep or wake you up throughout the night, putting a stop to it can make a world of difference for both you and the snorer. Thankfully, there are scientifically proven methods to quiet snorers that go beyond earplugs.
For many of us, an ideal sleep environment is something like this: a dark, quiet room with lots of heavy blankets and pillows, our favorite pajamas, and a mattress with our preferred firmness and bounce. While all of this appears to be a detail-oriented dreamworld, there’s one crucial downfall to this “perfect” sleep environment: temperature.
Check out how the Beddr SleepTuner sizes up against Fitbit, Apple Watch, Beddit, and other devices and apps for sleep tracking, sleep apnea monitoring, blood oxygen-level analysis, and more.
Of the 54 million people in the United States thought to be living with sleep apnea, it is estimated that about 80% do not have a formal diagnosis. This means millions of Americans are deprived of oxygen each night without even knowing it. If left untreated, prolonged sleep apnea can lead to irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, heart attack, stroke and sudden death.
Learn the differences between a Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT) and an in-laboratory polysomnogram (PSG) test. The type of sleep test you take will depend upon your medical history, symptoms, and risk factors for sleep apnea and other conditions.
At night, it’s important that you breath at a consistent rate in order to ensure your blood is adequately saturated with oxygen while you sleep. Thanks to oxygen distribution, not only are your cells and tissues renewed and repaired, but your brain gets to consolidate memories and do its own version of “resting.” However, when you sleep, your health can be jeopardized if your oxygen levels are reduced.
Sleep apnea affects an estimated 54 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are currently undiagnosed and unaware that they stop breathing while sleeping. Learn more about the effects of breathing stops during sleep.
Apple’s newest release had all the components of their usual announcements: a dramatic unveiling to thunderous applause, an enthusiastic yet measured delivery from CEO Tim Cook, a breathless crowd hungry for their beloved brand’s newest product. And while the new ECG feature was exciting, there was one element noticeably absent from previous releases: new sleep features. In a world increasingly obsessed with consumer sleep data, some may wonder: did Apple fall asleep on the job? Not at all. Here’s the possible reasoning behind Apple not launching any new sleep features.
The Beddr SleepTuner brings the insights of a clinical sleep lab into the privacy and comfort of your bedroom. The SleepTuner provides insights about your sleep position, sleep duration, nighttime oxygen saturation levels, and heart rate variability. In addition to all of these metrics, you are provided with a sleep quality rating. We’re here to help explain the different ratings and what they mean for you.
While most movement trackers are worn on the wrist, is that the best location for capturing sleep data? Learn why the forehead is best location for a sleep sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels, heart rate, sleep apnea symptoms, and more.
Getting quality, restorative sleep and seeing improvements in your athletic performance are two sides of the same coin. Poor sleep can kill your willpower to eat clean and exercise, and moving your body in healthy ways can set you up for better, more restorative sleep later in the evening.
Discover one woman's experience with the Whole30 diet, and how she learned unexpected lessons about her sleep hygiene and overall sleep health in the process.
There’s no magic recipe for establishing the perfect pre-bedtime routine. It should be tailored to what you can feasibly accomplish and what relaxes your mind and body. For the most part, the human brain responds positively to patterns, and setting up a routine for winding down every night can help you fall asleep quicker, stay asleep throughout the night, and feel well rested the next day.
Research shows that most people can breathe better overnight by changing their sleeping position. Sleep-disordered breathing affects about 90 million people across the United States. Some sleep-disordered breathing problems happen frequently and severely enough that they can decrease your nightly oxygen levels and prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep. In some instances, they can also impair your long-term well-being.
So, your doctor decided that you need to have a sleep test. What does that actually mean? Understanding what happens during a sleep test can help ease your concerns. I should know. I’ve worked as a sleep technologist for many years, and I’ve also undergone sleep tests both at home and in a lab setting. Below is my best advice and information about what you can expect to happen during the test, what it will measure, and how it can benefit your health afterwards.
A lack of sleep is detrimental to athletic recovery and performance. Discover the importance of sleep for athletes, an often forgotten piece of the training plan
Nearly 100 million Americans have some sort of sleep disorder, be it insomnia, restless legs syndrome, or sleep apnea. In recent years, the fitness tracker industry took note of the increased attention on sleep and added basic sleep-related insights to their offerings. One study showed that 1 in 5 fitness trackers are purchased primarily for sleep tracking. Yet a nagging question remains with many of these consumer products: what is the veracity of their claims, and what clinical standards—if any—have they been held up against? There should be a clear way to differentiate clinical grade products from basic consumer gadgets that are not held to the same high standards.
People make time for their mental health in a variety of ways, from meditation, to therapy, to yoga and exercise. As it turns out, there’s a huge opportunity for boosting mental health that many miss out on: sleep. Conditions like insomnia and other sleep problems are more common in people with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. The overlap can be difficult to tease apart. What comes first? Sleep clinicians have hypothesized about the link between sleep disorders and mental health for decades. Ongoing, chronic sleep problems affect 50 to 80 percent of adults under psychiatric care, compared to just 10 to 18 percent of those in the general U.S. population.
As a manger, it’s your job to have a solid handle on your team’s priorities, responsibilities, and performance during working hours, yet it’s a well-known truth that outside factors can affect work performance, too. Sleep especially can have a great impact on employee productivity and team performance.
Many over-the-counter sleeping pills that contain diphenhydramine, like Tylenol PM, Benadryl, Advil PM, ZzzQuil. Learn why and how these medicines may actually exacerbate sleep apnea symptoms.
An appointment with a board-certified sleep specialist is an important step towards better sleep health. Discover five questions about sleep apnea, sleep disorders, and other issues to ask your sleep doctor during your first visit.
Consumer health tech is booming, with a wide array of wearable products claiming that their device will provide you a wealth of information, from vital signs to the number of steps you take in a day. Some of these devices, which are primarily designed to log motion and movement, have added basic sleep tracking to their marketing pitch. But how well do these activity trackers really work when it comes to capturing sleep data?
The science of sleep has evolved considerably over the past several decades, but for all that we know, there is even more that we don’t. Part of what holds the industry back is a lack of high quality data from which to infer the true relationship between our actions, choices, sleep quality, and our overall health.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects 1 in 4 adult men and 1 in 9 adult women in the United States alone, and the deficits it can create are far-reaching. Varying degrees of cognitive, emotional, job, and school-related performance issues are linked to patients who have OSA. It is also a potential risk factor for dementia. Maybe you’re prone to falling asleep at the drop of a hat, or have been told that you’re a particularly loud snorer. But how do you know if you have sleep apnea? Below are the most common symptoms that you should watch out for.
Even though sleep is such an important part of health and well being, most primary care doctors do not ask us much about it. Most doctor appointments are rushed, typically lasting only about 15 minutes, and there is little time to do more than what is needed in the moment. Most primary care doctors do not have formal training in sleep assessment. In fact, few have more than 2-3 hours of education on sleep during their medical training experience. Even after practicing, one study showed that primary care physicians have poor knowledge about sleep.
The benefits of quality sleep affect every profession, whether someone drives a forklift, writes code, or is CEO. Progressive business leaders like Arianna Huffington and Jeff Bezos speak of how sleep deprivation affects workplace productivity, personal health, and the global economy. And top performers in business, media, sport, and other highly competitive industries all use healthy sleep habits to give themselves an edge.
Nearly 100 million Americans struggle with their sleep, and many are actively looking to better understand and improve their situation. Traditionally, it comes down to deciding between two distinct approaches: an overnight stay in a sleep lab or purchasing a sleep tracker. But what if there was another option that bridged the gap?
With $5.6 million in Series A funding led by Three Leaf Ventures, Beddr is launching a new product to help consumers understand and solve their sleep problems. Other investors in the round included the Stanford-StartX Fund, Delta Dental Washington Seed Fund and I.T. Farm, as well as top experts in technology and healthcare. Now available for pre-order, the Beddr SleepTuner is the initial step in the company’s plan to deliver the industry’s first integrated, digital approach to understanding and improving sleep. The SleepTuner’s innovations are based on validated sleep science, providing users with insights into how breathing and sleep position impact health.
Usually a middle aged, overweight man comes to mind when you think of sleep apnea. However this sleep disorder is common and underdiagnosed in women. Learn more about women and sleep apnea, including symptoms and more.
The consequences of poor sleep quality are as numerous as they are serious. A lack of deep, restful sleep, or simply not enough hours of quality sleep, can affect a person’s health in a number of ways. You may have heard about how sleep disorders, interrupted sleep, and sleep deprivation contribute to mood swings, heightened blood pressure, and problematic respiratory functions. But did you know that a lack of sleep can also accelerate the aging process?
How do you determine the number of hours of recommended sleep for you as an adult? Discover a number of methods and general guidelines for how much sleep is enough by age.
If you’re one of the 29 million Americans living with type 2 diabetes, your diet, physical activity, and a host of other factors all play a role in managing your health. Yet perhaps one of the most significant but overlooked factors is the quality of your sleep.There is significant overlap of diabetes and sleep breathing issues. By some estimates, about half of the people with type 2 diabetes have sleep-disordered breathing. And it is estimated that 83% of obese people with type 2 diabetes also have sleep apnea.
What is a sleep positioner? A sleep positioner is a device that helps someone control what position their bodies are in when they sleep. There are a wide variety of sleep positioners available, and for good reason: an estimated 90 million people in the United States struggle with sleep-disordered breathing, a condition that can often be treated by using a sleep positioner.
Sleep health is jeopardized by reduced oxygen levels. Discover tools and techniques available to improve your blood oxygen levels and maximize recovery during sleep.
Healthy sleep, especially the state of restorative deep sleep, helps keep us functioning at our best. Learn the science behind proper breathing, oxygen levels, and restorative deep sleep.
Positional sleep apnea is when a person has twice as many breathing events when on their back vs. their side. Position pillows and other positional therapy products may offer relief.
If you think you have a sleep disorder, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that around 90 million people in the United States alone struggle with sleep disorders, creating conditions that are serious and impact more than just the length of your sleep. There are many different treatment methods for the various sleep disorders. Let’s review the more common ones, and what can be done to treat them.
A recent study showed a 68 percent success rate among patients who slept on their sides, defined by significantly better breathing patterns during sleep. Discover the benefits of side sleeping including better breathing and reduced symptoms of sleep apnea.
Many people are surprised to learn that drinking alcohol can actually hurt your sleep more than help it. If you’ve ever had an alcoholic drink close to bedtime—let’s say within four hours or so— you’re likely aware that drinking can make you feel drowsy. Beer, wine, and other alcoholic spirits are depressants, and up to 20% of Americans use alcohol as a tool to help fall asleep. This may be a problem. Alcohol affects how your body regulates sleep, not to mention the overall quality of your sleep, in a number of negative ways. These can range from waking up in the middle of the night to increased snoring to an increased impact on sleep disorders, and more.
Your body undergoes a number of important recuperative processes during sleep, from cell renewal to muscle repair to restorative brain activity. Changes in breathing, oxygen levels, and heart rate occur as well. These actions are essential to your long-term health. While having a slight fluctuation in heart rate during sleep is normal, it is important to understand the causes of more noticeable spikes in your heart’s number of beats per minute.
With 2 out of 3 Americans being overweight, a significant portion of the population is seeking a way to shed unnecessary pounds. Traditional weight loss approaches center around diet and exercise, but this overlooks one of the most powerful weight loss tools of all: sleep. Many sleep experts believe that optimized sleep care should be integrated into every weight loss program, for its powerful influence over cravings, mood, motivation, insulin regulation, and more. Poor sleep health often leaves you chronically sleep deprived, and an insufficient amount of sleep has two main negative effects on your weight loss efforts.