Zeo Personal Sleep Manager
|Price:||$295.95 + $5.99 shipping|
- Zeo tells you how you really sleep, and helps you find ways to improve your sleep
- Accurately measure your sleep quality and sleep quanity at home
- Discover factors that are stealing your deep, rem & total sleep
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- Brand Name: Zeo
- Model Number: Model-ZEOBP01
- Item Height: 4 inches
- Item Length: 7.5 inches
- Item Weight: 2.45 pounds
The Zeo Bedside Display puts last night's sleep data at your fingertips and will store up to two weeks of data for easy viewing.
Sleep With Zeo
Step 1: Wear the Zeo Headband
You begin by wearing the Zeo Headband each night. The headband uses our patent-pending SoftWave sensor technology to accurately and safely measure your unique sleep patterns through the electrical signals naturally produced by the brain. As you pass through different levels of sleep--lighter to deeper and back again--the Zeo Headband tracks how you are sleeping.
Step 2: Review Your Sleep Data on the Bedside Display
The Zeo Bedside Display puts last night's sleep data at your fingertips and will store up to two weeks of data for easy viewing. When you wake up, it gives you a personal sleep score - your ZQ - and shows a graph of your Light, Deep and REM sleep over the course of the night. The bedside display will also present you with information about last night's sleep and how it compares to previous nights. The optional SmartWake alarm feature will look for a "natural awakening point" based on your sleep patterns to decrease the grogginess associated with waking from Deep sleep. When SmartWake is selected, Zeo will find a time to wake you within a half-hour of your set time, never later. The result should be a slightly easier way to wake up
The Zeo Headband accurately and safely measured your unique sleep patterns.
Easily upload all of your sleep information to the myZeo Personal Coaching website, and begin to spot trends in your sleep that you have never been able to see before.
Using Zeo's online tools, you can begin to understand how your ZQ and morning feel scores change from night to night.
See Sleep Data
Step 3: Upload and View Your Sleep Data
Your personal sleep discovery doesn't stop with the bedside display! The Zeo Bedside Display allows you to store your sleep information on an SD memory card (like the memory cards used with digital cameras). With your SD card and its USB adapter, you can easily upload all of your sleep information to the myZeo Personal Coaching website, and begin to spot trends in your sleep that you have never been able to see before.
Uncover the links between how you live--including exercise, diet, stress, and environment--and how you sleep. Available both online and on paper, your Zeo Sleep Journal allows you to record lifestyle, environmental, and consumption factors that can disrupt your sleep. You'll learn about the 7 Sleep Stealers and how much they can affect your sleep data each night. You can also define your own lifestyle factors to record. The more sleep stealers you track, the more insights you'll find about how your actions may be affecting your Sleep Fitness.
Using Zeo's online tools, you can begin to understand how your ZQ and morning feel scores change from night to night. You'll also spot any connections between your daily lifestyle choices and your nightly sleep and find out for yourself some of the cause and effect patterns in your sleep.
A sleep graph shows how much time you spent in Deep sleep, in Light sleep, in REM sleep, and awake.
The Cause & Effect Tool helps you explore how your lifestyle may be affecting your sleep quality.
Sleep Fitness Assessments help you track your progress in each step.
Step 4: Start Your 7 Step Sleep Fitness Program, Your Personal Guide to a Better Night's Sleep
The 7 Step Sleep Fitness Program is a guided self-discovery process for your sleep. This personalized sleep coaching program asks you to set goals for your sleep and then provides you with customized strategies to help you to achieve these goals. In addition, you can learn more about the latest sleep research, and receive recommendations on how to track the items that are most beneficial for you. Through this program, you'll experience the power of seeing your own sleep data and learn about which factors may be affecting your sleep. You will have full control over the program to skip, repeat or start-over any step you wish. Special features of the program include:
- A series of personalized e-mails that incorporate effective sleep tips and advice, customized to your sleep data, lifestyle and goals.
- A customized action plan to deal with each of the 7 Sleep Stealers as they relate to you and your sleep.
- Goal-oriented assignments that are realistic and achievable, and will not require you to drastically rearrange your lifestyle or even your sleep style.
- Positive, supportive, and easy to understand suggestions and exercises, in everyday language that is easy to follow.
- The Zeo Sleep Information Center is an online library for sleep information and science. In addition to offering another kind of self-guided, personal coaching tool, you can use the Sleep Information Center to discover what sleep is, and why it's important.
Zeo Reveals How You Really Sleep.
Without Zeo, sleep is a mystery.
Are you getting the restorative Deep and REM sleep you need to be your best? How long does it really take you to fall asleep? It's practically impossible to accurately gauge your sleep quality and pinpoint which factors affect it. Everyone's sleep is different, and there's no one-size-fits-all solution for getting a better night's rest.
Zeo scores your sleep quantity and quality.
Imagine knowing both the quality of your sleep and the reasons behind it. Every morning, Zeo will tell you your ZQ--a number that summarizes your sleep's quantity and quality--and lots of other information about your sleep. If you can measure it, you can improve it.
For the first time, you can visualize your sleep.
Using Zeo's included web-based tools, you can easily see exactly how--or whether--you slept through the night.
Zeo Helps You Improve Your Sleep.
See what's stealing your sleep.
Zeo Personal Sleep Coach will help you understand and minimize the factors that negatively affect sleep, so you can take control of your nights. You can use the visual web-based tools to see trends and cause-and-effect patterns.
Get personalized sleep coaching.
Sign up for the 7 Step Sleep Fitness Program to receive recommendations and actions plans tailored to you and your sleep. Zeo will help you get the most from your sleep so you can be your best.
What's in the BoxZeo Bedside Display, Zeo Headband, Context Wheel, Power Adapter, SD Memory Card, Card Reader, Getting Started Guide, Headband Basics Guide, Meet Zeo Reference Manual, Sleep Journal
Top Customer Reviews
I have for decades had a devil of a time with both regular insomnia and with periods in which I didn't sleep at all for days. So the notion of a little star-trek like device to sample my brain waves and allow me the feedback to possibly sleep better seemed like a neat deal.
And indeed, it was Amazon's "deal of the day" marked down to $199 on the bleary morning I ordered it last month, after several successive nights of less than 2 hours' sleep. Their featuring of the item seemed like kismet, and $200 for the possibility of improving my sleep seemed like a pittance.
I've now used it for several weeks, and will be returning it. I'll try to list the pro's and cons here:
Pro's: It's not uncomfortable to wear. I consider it brilliantly designed, the interface intuitive, the memory card easy to remove and replace even without looking at the slot, the way the recharging cradle seems to have a magnetic lock which enables quick and accurate replacement. The support staff are courteous and prompt in answering questions. The web interface is a nice bonus and graphic display, although I'd have preferred a simple home program. But they do let you download the info after you've uploaded it, where a subset of it could be put into an excel spreadsheet if anyone wanted to.
Cons: It doesn't work and is bloody useless.
I suppose your mileage may vary, and perhaps I have an unusual brain, although past MRI studies haven't shown any mutant extra lobes or anything, which was vaguely disappointing though expected.
But the device just seems to make stuff up. It gives the impression of a Chinese knock-off of a working device, like those MP4 ipods you can get on ebay which work for a day and will only store three songs before the actual ram is full.
Specifically, IF I am asleep, it will dutifully create a graph showing periods of REM, deep sleep, light sleep, etc. And I could look at that and go "wow, look at this great telemetry". Except that it does exactly the same thing while I'm awake. Indeed, even when I put it on with my eyes open, it immediately reports I'm in REM sleep. Last night due to an injury, I lay there wide awake for nearly two hours. Annoyingly, I was able to pick up the recording device and see, in real time, that I was in REM sleep, or in light sleep, and hadn't woken up at all. I could actually stare at it as it logged my sleep status every 5 minutes, and see it tell me I was asleep. Bottom line, it considers me to have been solidly asleep for over 7 hours last night, when I was only unconscious for three.
Nor was this the first time this was apparent. The first couple nights I couldn't help noticing that it STARTED me in REM sleep as soon as I put it on. As long as I wasn't talking out loud, it didn't consider me awake. Contacting the polite and upbeat Zeo support staff via email, I noted this, and was advised that it was not good sleep hygeine to stay awake and think about things. Wow, why didn't I think of that? No, I explained, I agree that insomnia is antithetical to sleep rather by definition, the point is that your invention doesn't work. They assured me that they would contact their tech person and get back to me.
Within a day I got back their tech advice: the Zeo was designed to work on normal healthy brains. If it didn't work on me, the implication went, then my brain wasn't normal or healthy enough to meet the standards of its product. So it wasn't their PRODUCT that didn't work, it was my brain.
What provided a colorful backdrop for this was that although I'm a 59-year-old insomniac, the machine was giving me the "Z score" of a 20-year-old olympic athlete. A night lying there getting terrible sleep and being awake nearly constantly would show zero wakings - not even being awake when I put the thing on - And so would say that I got 8 hours sleep including 4 hours of REM, and give me a sleep score of over 90, not only counting me as being asleep the whole time, but giving me bonus points for all that REM sleep.
I know, too, that it will say I'm in "light" sleep while I'm conscious, because last night, having nothing better to do, I held it and stared at it, daring it to continue to tell me I was in light sleep. But after five minutes of staring, it did. The ONLY incorrect thing it has NOT done is report that I'm in deep sleep while I'm awake.
"Many times we don't remember sleeping when we really do", notes the Zeo techs. OK, true enough, but again, your product doesn't work. It considers me in REM sleep or light sleep from the moment I put it on. I suppose I could consider the philosophical proposition that I have never yet in my lifetime been actually awake, which might explain a lot; but I'm not sure why I'd dream about buying a product off Amazon that doesn't work.
Frankly, since the thing is wildly inaccurate while I'm demonstrably awake, I'm less inclined to trust what it says I'm doing when I'm actually asleep. Ironically, I get worse ZQ scores when I sleep better, because I'm actually sleeping and don't lie there in the dark trying to sleep for 9 hours. I've taken to giving the ZEO display a display of my own upthrust middle finger each morning as it gives me a 95 for a terrible night of sleep and only a 64 for the best night I've had this month.
So to sum up: it is apparently useless for people with brains like mine. Inasmuch as there is nothing else notable about my brain, it may be useless for a lot of people. In other words, how do you know it isn't just making stuff up? The novelty of seeing a graph of your sleep stages is cool, but there is no way to tell whether it corresponds to objective reality. Ultimately it may be a good placebo for those who have more faith in machines than in their own fallible protoplasm, but again, and to me quite salient: it doesn't work.
I will note here that if the good folks at Zeo wish to tweak the product so it DOES work, I'd happily buy one even at the normal price. I hereby offer to be a test subject for them if they build a "mark II" version that will actually do what the current one purports to do.
So my next adventure will be sending it back, and I'll report back if that becomes any sort of adventure. Of possible concern is the fine print: they offer a 30-day money-back trial, BUT the machine must be returned in "salable" condition the same way you received it. Say what? You can't even unpack the thing without tearing open several plastic bags, and you can't plug it in without unwrapping the cord, etc. I guarantee that although I will return it in its pristine unworking condition as good as it ever was, that they'll have a hard time reselling it without repackaging.
Also, I note that unlike my other Amazon purchases, I can't just go to my account and do a return, I have to go through the company itself.
So to sum up, I think two stars is a pretty charitable score for a product that doesn't work. It's a masterpiece except for that little fact.
UPDATE 3/5/10: I asked for an RMA and they sent me one, but noted that I had to cover the return postage. So I decided to invoke Amazon's A-to-Z return policy and submitted a claim to make sure I got the full refund. Very quickly thereafter I got a nice note from Zeo saying they'd send me a prepaid UPS label to return it - which they quickly did - and assuring me that they would give the full refund. So I thank them, and I also thank Amazon for their policy - it never hurts to buy through Amazon when you have a choice.
I too have sleep Apnea, and actually stopped using my CPAP machine for a year after I first got it. My feeling was that the machine was waking me up more than Apnea was due to it shutting off and mask leaks. A second sleep study revealed an outright dangerous situation, and they had to stop the test after an hour and put me onto a CPAP machine. I still have a choice of masks, so I wanted to see if a different style mask would still cause the problem. The Zeo pretty much has ruled out the CPAP as being a problem, I think. More below.
I also have been trying to stop taking an anti-anxiety medication. The last time that I tried I developed Syncope, a condition where you randomly pass out and fall down. It's unclear whether the cause was the medicine, the Apnea, a combination of the two, or something else, but the doctors blamed it on the apnea. The Zeo, however, has shown me that although I fall asleep faster with the med, I don't go into REM or deep sleep hardly at all. It also showed that as I tapered down the med, it took me longer and longer to fall asleep, 1 then 2 then 4 hours, but it was a 'good' sleep. I could determine after a week or so that my sleep patterns went back to 'normal'. The first time I tried to stop I started nodding off uncontrollably at my desk, and at least then I knew enough about what was happening at night to cause it.
I couldn't have tracked and found out these things without the Zeo, and if it weren't for some other issues I would recommend it without hesitation.
There are some accuracy issues. I know that I have been regularly waking up and the Zeo does not record it. This is really important to me to monitor the above conditions, and in trying to isolate myself with a sound machine or 'sleep music' cd's and seeing if something else is waking me up. For instance, I have a feeling that when I turn on my side the CPAP mask is hitting the pillow and nudging away from my face, waking me up, but I can't tell for sure.
What really bothers me more than anything is the fact that you can not get an accurate representation of your sleep without uploading your sleep data to Zeo. There is no software to run on your PC to see your sleep info, all of the displays run in your web browser from the Zeo website, and all data is kept there as well. If something happens to Zeo, you are left with nothing but a really expensive alarm clock. The display on the unit does not show the time to fall asleep nor accurately portray deep sleep, and cannot be saved or printed.
Some people have posted their concerns about privacy of information as well. I personally don't have a problem with it, but Zeo sells or will sell or is trying to sell or is thinking about selling (they're not sure) to third parties. One person pointed out that his sleep data could be subpoenaed in the event of a traffic accident or something, and they could say you were not getting enough sleep and caused the accident. They added an 'opt out' option to their web page, it's not very prominent but it's there. The individual stated that he would just use an alias when setting up the web account, probably a good idea. Privacy issues aside, your sleep data is encrypted and you can not read it off of the SD card. You can, however, upload your data to the web site and download a .csv file back so you can import it into a spreadsheet. It does not, however, resemble anything other than a string of numbers, you could not read it or graph it. None of these issues are readily available for reading on their web site, you need to dig around a bit and find a blog that is addressing them.
Which leads me to my last little gripe. When I posted in their blog that it was a problem not being able to see the data locally, and I could not use the device if they went out of business, their response was that they were on the 'Today' show. Ok, but when I opened up the Zeo box and checked the contents, I was short a sensor pad. When I emailed them about it I was told that they stopped including it to save money since they lowered the price. Doesn't sound like a financially strong company to me if they have to exclude a little cheap pad.
So, if it wasn't so useful, even with the problems mentioned, I would return it. If I had known about the data being on the website only I would have never bought it. But, there really is no alternative that I know of (especially on the 'Today' show).
However, after using it for two weeks I realize there is a limitation in the device. Basically, it sometimes takes me a long time to get to sleep at night. The Zeo, however, tends to think there is no way it could take a person 3-hours to go to sleep and truncates my time to sleep to 12 minutes.
No big deal, the Zeo is not for me. I started the return process and this is part of the exact email I received back from Zeo:
"Returned merchandise must include all original accessories, literature, documentation and packaging in the same saleable condition in which you received them. Refunds for returns will only cover the purchase price and any sales taxes charged. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your returned product, in the same form of payment as your original purchase. Refunds will not be made for any shipping and handling charges.
Damaged merchandise, cosmetically or otherwise, may be subject to a restocking fee equal to 30% of the price paid (not including taxes). You are responsible for and must prepay all return shipping charges and shall assume all risk of all loss or damage to the product while in transit to Zeo."
Feels much different than a "30-day no risk trial" that they spoke about on their site. Thought I would warn folks about this...
That being said, I like the concept of the product and wished it had worked for me.
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