The Zeo was a gift to all conference participants at e-Patient 2010. I just opened it up last night and gave it a try. It couldn’t have come at a better time, since I’ve felt fatigued for a while and my doctor was recommending a sleep study. I’ll still go for the sleep study, but it’s interesting to try this out.
I put off using the Zeo because of all of the written materials that come with it – it’s a little overwhelming. Especially if you’re already wiped out! But when I actually sat down to it, all the brochures were pretty helpful, and setting it up was a breeze.
I charged the headset and set the clock and alarm as instructed. When it was time for bed, I put on both the Zeo and the FitBit. A few minutes ago, I plugged both in to my computer. It’s interesting to compare the results.
The first thing that happened was I had to fill out a form, which gave the computer an idea of my sleep issues/goals. The results looked like this:
I had a horrible night’s sleep, which I knew as soon as I woke up, without looking at the Zeo’s results. I kept tossing, and around 2 am woke for a bit and got up to check on my daughter. I think the Zeo takes some getting used to. It’s not just that you have this weird thing strapped to your head, it’s also the pressure of feeling like you have to get a good night’s sleep. Is that weird? That’s probably only my problem. I could feel pressure during a beach vacation.
I also, for the sake of experiment, was wearing a BreatheRight Strip again. Between that, the FitBit and the Zeo, I was looking pretty sexy. (OT – I think it’s pretty funny how the models in these sleep-help brochures all look so great when they’re supposed to be waking up. I look like Nic Cage in the early 90’s when I wake up. Reference: http://stars.ign.com/articles/908/908074p1.html)
So, here are the Zeo results:
Don’t make fun of me for going to bed before 10. I have a toddler, okay?
From the same night’s sleep, my FitBit results: