Like millions of Americans you probably lay your head down at night, sleep for 7-8 hours only to find yourself still exhausted the following morning. It’s not an uncommon occurrence and in fact could probably be remedied if you knew a bit more about your sleeping behavior. But you’re not exactly gonna get the data you’re looking for by setting up a camcorder. An alternative? The Gear4 Renew SleepClock.

Unlike other sleep monitoring devices, such as the Lark, which requires you to wear a wristband, or worse the Zeo, which uses a headband, the Renew SleepClock is able to monitor your sleeping behavior free of those encumbering devices. Instead, it uses what the company calls a non-contact sensor to measures your breathing rate and movement. Based on these two factors the Renew SleepClock knows when you’re a sleep and can track your sleeping behavior. Furthermore, it can wake you at the optimal time, your lightest mode of sleep, provided you reach that point within the range of time you’ve set to be awaken by your iPod, FM radio, or the built-in alarm. All this data is crunched using Gear4′s Renew Sleep Clock iOS app and can be reviewed by day, month, or year. And for those worried about your iOS device’s battery life, worry not, for the Renew SleepClock has a dock to keep your device charged up through out the night while it does its work.

You can pick up the Renew SleepClock from the Apple store or Amazon for $199.95.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."