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Catching Zzzs

Some nights you get a great sleep and wake up completely refreshed, other nights you toss and turn and wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed. We all know which scenario is more desirable, but it’s not always clear how to make it happen. With a little help from technology, we discovered there’s a lot we can learn about the science of sleep. Zeo is system for tracking and improving the quality of your sleep. It was created by three sleep-deprived students from Brown University: Eric Shashoua, Ben Rubin (left) and Jason Donahue. Their bedside sleep management gear monitors how you sleep through the night, including how much time you spend in REM and deep sleep. The system includes a headband outfitted with a wireless sensor, which tracks your sleep stages and sends the data to a smartphone or to the Zeo Bedside device. The headband also includes an alarm that’s designed to gently rouse you at the least disruptive point in your sleep cycle, so you wake up feeling good, not frazzled. We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, but we don’t all make the effort to control the quality of our Zzzs. Zeo’s personalized coaching tools can help pinpoint and alleviate the culprits that are interfering with your REM and deep sleep -- for instance, what you drink before bed, how comfortable your bedroom is, and whether others wake you during the night -- so you can achieve optimal sleep and get the most out of your precious downtime.

Zeo

Sleep Management System

Catching Zzzs

Some nights you get a great sleep and wake up completely refreshed, other nights you toss and turn and wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed. We all know which scenario is more desirable, but it’s not always clear how to make it happen. With a little help from technology, we discovered there’s a lot we can learn about the science of sleep. Zeo is system for tracking and improving the quality of your sleep. It was created by three sleep-deprived students from Brown University: Eric Shashoua, Ben Rubin (left) and Jason Donahue. Their bedside sleep management gear monitors how you sleep through the night, including how much time you spend in REM and deep sleep. The system includes a headband outfitted with a wireless sensor, which tracks your sleep stages and sends the data to a smartphone or to the Zeo Bedside device. The headband also includes an alarm that’s designed to gently rouse you at the least disruptive point in your sleep cycle, so you wake up feeling good, not frazzled. We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, but we don’t all make the effort to control the quality of our Zzzs. Zeo’s personalized coaching tools can help pinpoint and alleviate the culprits that are interfering with your REM and deep sleep -- for instance, what you drink before bed, how comfortable your bedroom is, and whether others wake you during the night -- so you can achieve optimal sleep and get the most out of your precious downtime.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ben
    Ben

    For too long, a good night’s sleep has been the missing link to optimum health for millions of people. The power of sleep goes far beyond what people have thought; good sleep leads to better health, better concentration, better sex…you name it. We created the Zeo sleep management system to let people see how they really sleep without having to go to a sleep lab. Knowledge is power, and once people see their sleep and use our expert coaching to improve it, they agree with us that sleep is awesome!

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca
    1/10/2012 1:24 PM

    Hi, for the mobile version, does it only work for iPhone or can it also work for androids?

    Thanks,

    Rebecca

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/10/2012 1:27 PM

    @Rebecca : Great question. It works for both iOS devices and Android 2.1 or higher as well!

  • wendy
    wendy
    1/10/2012 2:23 PM

    I am interested in the bedside Zeo. I was hoping for more information on it. It states it is for a household with more than one user. How many can use it at a time? How many head sensors do you get? Can the other users be in other rooms? Four of us in the home could use it.

    Thanks so much!

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    1/10/2012 2:26 PM

    Sorry I had another question. If it will wake you at the end of your cycle instead of in the middle of it; how do you set it to actually be on time?

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/10/2012 2:32 PM

    More great questions! First, although multiple people can use the bedside unit, it is meant for one person at a time. One unit, one headband. For instance, you can use it tonight and your sleep partner can use it tomorrow night. For best results, we recommend that one person uses it for at least 7 nights to establish your baseline. Then, the next person can use it. In order to use the Coaching feature, each person will need a separate log-in which we will be happy to help get set up.

    Four of you can use it, however, just one at a time. I hope this answered your first set of questions. If not, let me know!

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/10/2012 2:37 PM

    I am assuming you are asking about the SmartWake? This is how I use it and it works great for me:

    I have to be up, no later than 7:00, but I don't want to get up before 6:40. Therefore, I set my alarm at 7 and set the smart wake to 20 minutes. At 6:40, the Zeo will start looking for the perfect time to wake me up. I love using the Smartwake. It is a great way to start my day!

  • Frankie
    Frankie
    1/10/2012 4:49 PM

    Does this also let people know if they have sleep apnea, not just being unable to sleep?

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/10/2012 5:06 PM

    @Frankie: No, the Zeo is neither a medical device nor a medical program and it is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of any sleep disorders, including apnea.

    Having said that, anyone can benefit from learning about how their habits and lifestyle choices affect their sleep, and can use this information to make informed choices. Things like consistent bed and rise times, coffee and alcohol intake affect each person’s sleep differently, and with Zeo you can learn how they affect you personally.

  • Lizzy
    Lizzy
    1/10/2012 9:03 PM

    Tell me about the brightness of the LED (LCD?) display at night. I'm quite sensitive to light and prefer it to be red (doesn't affect night vision) or extremely dim/not visible at all.

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/11/2012 12:05 AM

    @Lizzy: The color of the screen unfortunately cannot be changed. However, it can be set to be extremely dim. I personally have a sensitivity to light as well, and the color blue to be specific, but as dim as it gets, it doesn’t bother me at all and virtually gives off no light at all in my room. We also offer a 30-day no questions asked money back satisfaction guarantee, just in case. I hope this helps.

  • Lizzy
    Lizzy
    1/12/2012 12:49 PM

    @Whit Little: Thanks, that's helpful. Another question: Is this thing really comfortable to sleep in? I'd imagine that is the number one concern people have. It's hard to imagine that something around my head that is tight enough to take the required measurements is also comfortable enough that you don't breathe a sigh of relief when you take it off in the morning.

    Also, what technology does it use to send the data from headset to device? Bluetooth?

    Thanks much,

    Lizzy

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/12/2012 1:15 PM

    @Lizzy: Great question. I have forwarded it on to Whit and will let you know.

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/12/2012 1:26 PM

    @Lizzy: Lizzy, Again, great questions. In general, people find the headband very comfortable. In fact, most people are surprised by how lightweight and small it is. We recommend that users give the headband 2-3 nights to find the right size and get used to the newness factor. After that, people tell us that they don’t even notice the headband anymore. Having said that, there are some people who feel uncomfortable wearing hats, earrings, caps or anything else around their head during the day, and not surprisingly, they also have difficulties with the headband at night.

    The Bedside display uses a proprietary frequency called Softwave. It is very similar to the Bluetooth that our mobile device uses.

  • scott
    scott
    1/12/2012 4:40 PM

    Is there any reason why my daughter and I cannot share the Zeo mobile?

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/12/2012 5:28 PM

    @scott: You actually can both use the Zeo Mobile, but just like the bedside unit, it can only be used by one person at a time. Each of you would need to download the App and create your own accounts as to not mix up the data.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    1/15/2012 12:52 AM

    In was wondering if there is a downlaodable app for the smartphone, I touch and iPad? I would like everyone in my family to try it and we all have different devices. Also if I decided on the other version. - do I Ned to purchase a card for each person?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/15/2012 9:26 PM

    @Kimberly: Great questions. I am double checking with Whit.

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/15/2012 9:49 PM

    @Kimberly: Thanks for asking! There is a downloadable app that works with all mobile iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and the newer versions of the iPod touch) and it also works with Andriod devices as well. You can use one Zeo Mobile with multiple devices, however, to do so, you would need to make sure when one person finishes using it, they must unpair the Zeo and then the next person can pair it. Additionally, the same rule holds true, only one person at a time. For the Zeo Bedside Sleep Manager, you can use the same SD card, but you would need to format it to remove the other family member's information off the card before the next uses it. Taking these extra steps may seem tedious, but it will ensure everyone get the most accurate and helpful information from the Zeo. I hope this is helpful.

  • ccziv
    ccziv
    2/28/2012 1:22 PM

    When you say it 'gently rouses' does it use sound or vibration? I'm looking for a good 'alarm' for my friend who is deaf. Most vibrating ones she has tried don't work for her.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    2/28/2012 4:18 PM

    @ccziv: SmartWake™ Alarm only uses audio to wake up a person. So, it won't work for your friend who's deaf. Thank you for checking with us.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Zeo

Sleep Management System

Catching Zzzs

Some nights you get a great sleep and wake up completely refreshed, other nights you toss and turn and wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed. We all know which scenario is more desirable, but it’s not always clear how to make it happen. With a little help from technology, we discovered there’s a lot we can learn about the science of sleep.

Zeo is system for tracking and improving the quality of your sleep. It was created by three sleep-deprived students from Brown University: Eric Shashoua, Ben Rubin
(left) and Jason Donahue. Their bedside sleep management gear monitors how you sleep through the night, including how much time you spend in REM and deep sleep. The system includes a headband outfitted with a wireless sensor, which tracks your sleep stages and sends the data to a smartphone or to the Zeo Bedside device. The headband also includes an alarm that’s designed to gently rouse you at the least disruptive point in your sleep cycle, so you wake up feeling good, not frazzled.

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, but we don’t all make the effort to control the quality of our Zzzs. Zeo’s personalized coaching tools can help pinpoint and alleviate the culprits that are interfering with your REM and deep sleep -- for instance, what you drink before bed, how comfortable your bedroom is, and whether others wake you during the night -- so you can achieve optimal sleep and get the most out of your precious downtime.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ben
    Ben

    For too long, a good night’s sleep has been the missing link to optimum health for millions of people. The power of sleep goes far beyond what people have thought; good sleep leads to better health, better concentration, better sex…you name it. We created the Zeo sleep management system to let people see how they really sleep without having to go to a sleep lab. Knowledge is power, and once people see their sleep and use our expert coaching to improve it, they agree with us that sleep is awesome!

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca
    1/10/2012 1:24 PM

    Hi, for the mobile version, does it only work for iPhone or can it also work for androids?

    Thanks,

    Rebecca

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/10/2012 1:27 PM

    @Rebecca : Great question. It works for both iOS devices and Android 2.1 or higher as well!

  • wendy
    wendy
    1/10/2012 2:23 PM

    I am interested in the bedside Zeo. I was hoping for more information on it. It states it is for a household with more than one user. How many can use it at a time? How many head sensors do you get? Can the other users be in other rooms? Four of us in the home could use it.

    Thanks so much!

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    1/10/2012 2:26 PM

    Sorry I had another question. If it will wake you at the end of your cycle instead of in the middle of it; how do you set it to actually be on time?

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/10/2012 2:32 PM

    More great questions! First, although multiple people can use the bedside unit, it is meant for one person at a time. One unit, one headband. For instance, you can use it tonight and your sleep partner can use it tomorrow night. For best results, we recommend that one person uses it for at least 7 nights to establish your baseline. Then, the next person can use it. In order to use the Coaching feature, each person will need a separate log-in which we will be happy to help get set up.

    Four of you can use it, however, just one at a time. I hope this answered your first set of questions. If not, let me know!

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/10/2012 2:37 PM

    I am assuming you are asking about the SmartWake? This is how I use it and it works great for me:

    I have to be up, no later than 7:00, but I don't want to get up before 6:40. Therefore, I set my alarm at 7 and set the smart wake to 20 minutes. At 6:40, the Zeo will start looking for the perfect time to wake me up. I love using the Smartwake. It is a great way to start my day!

  • Frankie
    Frankie
    1/10/2012 4:49 PM

    Does this also let people know if they have sleep apnea, not just being unable to sleep?

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/10/2012 5:06 PM

    @Frankie: No, the Zeo is neither a medical device nor a medical program and it is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of any sleep disorders, including apnea.

    Having said that, anyone can benefit from learning about how their habits and lifestyle choices affect their sleep, and can use this information to make informed choices. Things like consistent bed and rise times, coffee and alcohol intake affect each person’s sleep differently, and with Zeo you can learn how they affect you personally.

  • Lizzy
    Lizzy
    1/10/2012 9:03 PM

    Tell me about the brightness of the LED (LCD?) display at night. I'm quite sensitive to light and prefer it to be red (doesn't affect night vision) or extremely dim/not visible at all.

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/11/2012 12:05 AM

    @Lizzy: The color of the screen unfortunately cannot be changed. However, it can be set to be extremely dim. I personally have a sensitivity to light as well, and the color blue to be specific, but as dim as it gets, it doesn’t bother me at all and virtually gives off no light at all in my room. We also offer a 30-day no questions asked money back satisfaction guarantee, just in case. I hope this helps.

  • Lizzy
    Lizzy
    1/12/2012 12:49 PM

    @Whit Little: Thanks, that's helpful. Another question: Is this thing really comfortable to sleep in? I'd imagine that is the number one concern people have. It's hard to imagine that something around my head that is tight enough to take the required measurements is also comfortable enough that you don't breathe a sigh of relief when you take it off in the morning.

    Also, what technology does it use to send the data from headset to device? Bluetooth?

    Thanks much,

    Lizzy

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/12/2012 1:15 PM

    @Lizzy: Great question. I have forwarded it on to Whit and will let you know.

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/12/2012 1:26 PM

    @Lizzy: Lizzy, Again, great questions. In general, people find the headband very comfortable. In fact, most people are surprised by how lightweight and small it is. We recommend that users give the headband 2-3 nights to find the right size and get used to the newness factor. After that, people tell us that they don’t even notice the headband anymore. Having said that, there are some people who feel uncomfortable wearing hats, earrings, caps or anything else around their head during the day, and not surprisingly, they also have difficulties with the headband at night.

    The Bedside display uses a proprietary frequency called Softwave. It is very similar to the Bluetooth that our mobile device uses.

  • scott
    scott
    1/12/2012 4:40 PM

    Is there any reason why my daughter and I cannot share the Zeo mobile?

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/12/2012 5:28 PM

    @scott: You actually can both use the Zeo Mobile, but just like the bedside unit, it can only be used by one person at a time. Each of you would need to download the App and create your own accounts as to not mix up the data.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    1/15/2012 12:52 AM

    In was wondering if there is a downlaodable app for the smartphone, I touch and iPad? I would like everyone in my family to try it and we all have different devices. Also if I decided on the other version. - do I Ned to purchase a card for each person?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/15/2012 9:26 PM

    @Kimberly: Great questions. I am double checking with Whit.

  • Whit
    Whit
    1/15/2012 9:49 PM

    @Kimberly: Thanks for asking! There is a downloadable app that works with all mobile iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and the newer versions of the iPod touch) and it also works with Andriod devices as well. You can use one Zeo Mobile with multiple devices, however, to do so, you would need to make sure when one person finishes using it, they must unpair the Zeo and then the next person can pair it. Additionally, the same rule holds true, only one person at a time. For the Zeo Bedside Sleep Manager, you can use the same SD card, but you would need to format it to remove the other family member's information off the card before the next uses it. Taking these extra steps may seem tedious, but it will ensure everyone get the most accurate and helpful information from the Zeo. I hope this is helpful.

  • ccziv
    ccziv
    2/28/2012 1:22 PM

    When you say it 'gently rouses' does it use sound or vibration? I'm looking for a good 'alarm' for my friend who is deaf. Most vibrating ones she has tried don't work for her.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    2/28/2012 4:18 PM

    @ccziv: SmartWake™ Alarm only uses audio to wake up a person. So, it won't work for your friend who's deaf. Thank you for checking with us.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.