Welcome to the world of wearable fitness technology.
Last week, I snagged an UP wristband from the Apple Store. I know some folks who use them, and I was very curious about the sleep tracking. So why not?
According to Jawbone's website, "UP is a system that takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. The wristband tracks your movement and sleep in the background. The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward. UP uses a precision motion sensor and powerful algorithms to passively track and quantify your steps, distance, calories, active time, and idle time. It calculates calories burned based on your age, gender, height and weight, along with activity intensity and duration. UP uses Actigraphy to track your sleep, monitoring your micro movements to determine whether you are awake, in light sleep, or in deep sleep."
The wristband is basically a jacked-up pedometer, but when coupled with the UP App on your phone, you get some pretty cool stats.
And the App is gorgeous, intuitive, and a lot of fun.
The Power Nap function is very cool. You tell UP the maximum amount of time you can nap, and it monitors your sleep so that you wake up during a period of light sleep. More refreshed, less groggy.
The Idle Alarm is also neat. You set the duration, and if you haven't moved in then alotted period of time, the wristband vibrates to remind you to get on it.
I realize it can't provide exact, scientific measurements, but I'm enjoying the feedback and seeing trends in how I eat, sleep, and move throughout the day.