Updated: June 4, 2015

Zeo Sleep Monitor - Reviews and Guide:

Millions of Americans have problems getting a good nights sleep and this eventually catches up to all of them. Whether they are groggy at work the next day or having trouble driving a car, the long term effects can be bad for your health. For those people with chronic lack of sleep they may often see signs of depression, obesity, diabetes, and even cardiovascular disease. When you are deprived of sleep your body will breakdown and you can become more susceptible to even the basic cold or flu that is going around. I read the Wall Street Journal almost everyday and I have recently noticed the ad for the Zeo Sleep Monitor. I've also see the Zeo ad on the Internet, so I know they are pushing this newer product quite heavily. I wanted to look into the claims the product makes and see if it was a potential answer to my problems with sleeping at night. Several leading news sources have done reviews on the Zeo with a wide range of feedback. We also looked online at Amazon.com to find consumer reviews and opinions to see how they matched the expert analysis.
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To see the Zeo in action, watch the video we have posted below.



Let's get some quick background on the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach. The idea was founded by some sleep deprived Brown University students and their goal was to "improve the quality of peoples lives through the power of sleep". No doubt we could all use some extra rest each night. Many people think they are getting sound sleep but in actuality they are not in the deepest sleep possible and their 7 hours is not good enough. The quality of sleep is often more important than the amount. Spending $1000 or more on sleep diagnostics done by sleep labs is not necessary for most of us. A large % of us with sleep deprivation issues can solve those on our own. That is the unique part of the MyZeo.com website which is the "solution" side to the Zeo sleep machine. Ultimately, if you are not getting enough sleep at night, you want to know how to get more and better sleep. Zeo helps people diagnose where their sleep is going wrong and gives them tips and hints on how to solve the problems. Believe it or not, some people have no idea that drinking caffeinated soda or coffee even a few hours before bedtime can keep you up. Eating meals later at night can also effect the way we sleep. Stress is a big one as many people complain about things like "worrying about work" or "stressing on finances" as they hit the sheets each night. Meditation and relaxation is a key to solving some of those issues and you will see better sleep habits once you get in the routine. One of the biggest questions many of us have is - How long does it take for us to fall asleep? It may feel like on 5 minutes, but tests show that those with sleep issues take a much longer time falling asleep and getting into the deepest sleep - the point where our bodies get the most rest. Just what does ZEO do? Will the sleep monitor help me sleep better? We answer those questions next.

Zeo Personal Sleep Coach:

The Zeo Personal Sleep Coach - is designed to measure your unique sleep patters on a nightly basis. You put on teh Zeo headband each night and it sends signals to the Zeo bedside alarm clock looking device. The system tracks your sleep progress from how long it took to fall asleep, to how many minutes or hours you were in light, deep, or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. You awake each morning to a ZQ score - a number that represents how solid your sleep actually was. The scores will vary from night to night and your age will also be reflective in the ZQ scores. Your ZQ will naturally decline as the you get older. After collecting a week or 2 of sleep data, take the SD memory card in the Zeo bedside unique and put it into a USB adapter so you can plug it into the myZeo Personal Coaching website which will give you a full analytical readout of your sleep and how to potentially increase your ZQ. The sleep journal that is kept with the Zeo software on your computer can really pinpoint areas of your lifestyle that are robbing you of sleep. They call them the 7 Sleep Stealers - stimulation or levels of activity close to bedtime, sleepiness, alcohol intake 3 hours or close to bedtime, caffeine intake after 3 PM, disruption at night from pets/kids/etc., bedroom environment, and falling asleep (were you worring about work, money, kids). These are the key factors and others may pop up as well. Many of the reviews we read online definitely said that the Zeo sleep monitor helped them get a better handle as to why they were having trouble falling asleep or sleeping in general. By being able to manipulate the common sources of troubled sleep, several of the reviewers were able to increase their ZQ scores within a week. Also, many mentioned that they had the worst sleep patterns during times of crisis at work or at home. The ability to shutdown close to bedtime and relax - even by doing things like yoga or meditation - helped increase quality sleep time. The Zeo is not a cure to sleep issues, but it does give owners a good insight into their sleep patterns and excellent feedback on ways to improve their quality of sleep. You can read Zeo reviews posted online here.


Sleep Monitors:

There are other products on the market that claim to be "sleep monitors" and some get mixed reviews. Sleeptracker is a watch that you wear and it tracks your sleep patterns at night. The alarm on the watch is setup to wake you up at the optimal moment. The watches cost about $170 and owners aren't consistent on how useful the monitor is. The aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock is another sleep monitor product that was developed with the help of sleep scientists, although some owners call it a "glorified alarm clock" and that is it. Other sleep monitor aids sell for roughly $200 to $300 but don't analyze data or sleep patterns effectively. The Zeo is definitely better than most at doing that and owners genuinely agree that it can help improve your sleep habits.