It's probably fair to assume that at some point in your life - the now, future or past - you've had your trouble's with sleep. \u00a0Sleep is\u00a0a pesky thing that no one truly understands. \u00a0However, we all need it. \u00a0Sure, some are better at it than others. \u00a0Some over sleep and some don't need more than 4-5 hours a night. \u00a0But the majority of the population, the "humans", need 7-8 hours a night to function without hinderance to their every day tasks. \u00a0I'm a 7 hour sleeper, and despite getting that amount most of the time I still feel\u00a0groggy. \u00a0And now I might know why thanks to Beddit. For the ultimate in office comfort, also grab one of the best cushion covers 20x20.\r\n\r\nSummary:\u00a0An easy to use sleep sensor that doesn't require a wearable and appears to provide accurate data. \u00a0It remains to be seen how long the sensor will last and what kind of bed activity will impede its tracking abilities.\r\n\r\nWhat we liked:\r\n\r\n \tVery easy to setup and use\r\n \tClean and intuitive app\r\n \tQuickly pairs to the phone\r\n\r\nWhat we disliked:\r\n\r\n \tThe sleep sensor strip's durability is in question for the long term\r\n \tDoesn't measure light, sound or temperature in the room\r\n\r\nWhat is Beddit?\r\nA sleep sensor. But not a wearable (praise tech jesus). \u00a0It adheres to the top of your mattress and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. \u00a0It started as an Indiegogo campaign and successfully raised over $500,000.\r\nBeddit Models and Pricing\r\nThere are two types of Beddits available. \u00a0There is Beddit Smart and Beddit Classic.\r\n\r\nBeddit Classic (Bluetooth 2.0) seems to be the older version of the device, where as Beddit Smart (Bluetooth 4.0) is the newer. \u00a0According to Beddit, the Smart version has "smart measuring", though it seems to be largely software related. \u00a0From what I can best tell, focus on\u00a0Beddit smart, which currently costs $149.\r\nBeddit\u00a0Installation\r\n\r\n\r\nInstalling the Beddit Smart is a breeze. \u00a0You simply just pull back the top sheet, remove the double sided tape from the strip sensor, and then lay it\u00a0on top of the mattress.\r\n\r\nDo note, though, that placement as key. \u00a0The strip should be slightly below your pillow line and the brain of the sensor, if you will, should hang over the side of the bed. \u00a0In other words, the sensor should sit just underneath or around the shoulder blade area.\r\n\r\nThe last set of steps is just pull the sheet back over the sensor - ensure that the strip is flat and flush to the bed - and then plug it in. \u00a0Included in the box is an AC plug, and yes, you'll need a wall socket in close proximity. \u00a0I've got a power strip bedside with a USB plug built-in, which expedited things, albeit slightly.\r\nSetting Up Beddit\r\nOf course you'll need to download an app. \u00a0But you didn't need me to tell you that. \u00a0It works with both Android and iOS devices. \u00a0I tested my Beddit with an iPhone 6 running iOS 9.1.\r\n\r\nTo pair my iPhone with the Beddit all I had to do was open the app and follow the onscreen instructions. \u00a0First the app will ask you a few brief questions. \u00a0This includes sex, DOB, height, weight, the amount of sleep you generally need per night to feel chipper for the following day (I put in 7.5 hours), and what types of sleeping tips (and information) you'd like to receive (general, insomnia, overweight, snoring, sports and exercise, and stress). \u00a0 And then in an instant it paired the Beddit with my iPhone 6. \u00a0Though for full disclosure's sake, it might have paired with my iPhone 6 first, but that's moot.\r\nKicking Off Sleep\r\nTraditionally speaking, and with all other sleep trackers, you need to open the app, make sure you've paired two devices and then hit a sleep button. \u00a0Not so with the Beddit app. \u00a0Just by laying down in the bed triggers the Beddit Sleep Tracker, though if you so desired\u00a0you can hit a "sleep" button with in the\u00a0app.\r\n\r\nBut in order for this to work, the auto sleep function, or smart sleep function needs to be activated in the app's "settings" menu (as well as grant access in your iPhone's privacy\/location settings), where you'll allow the Beddit app to detect your location and know when you're in your bedroom.\r\n\r\nDoes it work you ask? \u00a0Yes, fairly effectively. \u00a0I began my review\u00a0with the manual "sleep" button. \u00a0Then I missed a few measurements. \u00a0It would seem that the app needs to be running in the background for this automatic feature to work. \u00a0And of course you'll need Bluetooth powered on.\r\nThe Beddit App\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Beddit App is clean, easy to ready and as mentioned makes setup simple. \u00a0The days of the week are indicated at the top and it would seem that the larger the orange dot the better sleep score you achieved. \u00a0Tapping each one allows you to review the day's data. \u00a0Nice if you want to look back a few days or weeks and see how external factors in life might have impacted your sleep.\r\n\r\nBelow that is the "sleep button" allowing you initiate sleep tracking, provided you don't have the app\u00a0set to "smart measurement" - if so the sleep button disappears.\r\n\r\nSitting front and center is your nightly sleep score. \u00a0This seems to be a calculation based on the numbers below, which includes heart rate (bpm), sleep time, efficiency and respiration.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAs you scroll down there are three points that assess your night's sleep, effectively verbalizing the above scores. \u00a0It would seem that the negative feedback is indicated by a "-", where as neutral comments are indicated by "\u00b1" (+ is a positive comment). \u00a0That is then followed by a tip, which is based on your settings and then by a graph that indicates your sleep cycle.\r\n\r\nClicking on the arrow below it expands the section and allows you to view the info in more detail. \u00a0This includes the total amount of sleep, time to fall asleep, sleep efficiency, time away from the bed (if you have to go pee or something), time awake through the night, restless sleep and snoring.\r\n\r\nSnoring, I believe, is tracked by using your phone's microphone. \u00a0Where as the other factors are derived from the actual sensor. \u00a0I generally pay close attention to the\u00a0times awake and my restless sleep. \u00a0All of these are color coded and indicated in the graph above.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nScrolling further down reveals your heart rate throughout the night. \u00a0Beddit says the ideal sleeper goes from "a nice, steady drop throughout the night. That\u2019s usually a sign that you\u2019ve recovered and are ready to seize the day."\r\n\r\nIf you so choose, you can send feedback with your night's results to Beddit. I'm not sure if you can access this feedback later, or it just help's Beddit build a better mousetrap.\r\nBeddit Head on Pillow\u00a0Review\r\nThe sleep industry, according to Time, is big business;\u00a0$32 billion to be exact\u00a0(in 2012). So yes, many of us are still seeking that optimal sleep. \u00a0And while I can't say Beddit has provided me with just that, it has set me on a path to perhaps figuring that out.\r\n\r\nThe app is easy to use and simple to read. \u00a0Moreover, the barrier to using it is very low thanks to the fact that I don't have to strap on a wearable that could lead to inhibited rest. \u00a0Sure, the sensor strip might come loose\u00a0and by all accounts it will, especially if the Amazon reviews are to be believed. \u00a0That's a bit of a deterrent and who knows how this thing holds up to coitus. \u00a0Because this guys doesn't. \u00a0Yes, you can all now shed a collective tear for me.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNevertheless, I always thought, especially\u00a0on the nights that I was going to bed earlier, that I was attaining\u00a0more sleep. \u00a0Now it turns out that that may not be the case.\r\n\r\nIn fact, based on the sleep chart that graphs my\u00a0cycles of sleep, I need to work on my restless sleep. \u00a0According to the Beddit app I usually average around an hour or more of restless sleep, which is represented by tossing and turn. \u00a0They say anything more than 30 minutes a night is indicator of a sleep issue. \u00a0And this is despite investing in a Tempurpedic mattress over a year ago.\r\n\r\nBut alas, I'm faced with the same conundrum I've always been faced with when it comes to sleep trackers: I've got the data but that doesn't necessarily make me actionable. \u00a0Though, it would seem that the tips provided in the Beddit app are designed to supplant that.\r\n\r\nI'm currently waiting on an Elgato Eve sensor to track my room temperature, humidity and air quality. \u00a0Aside from light and sound, which could be measured via the iPhone, seems to be the missing data in the equation. To be completely candid, I'm not sure if this could all tie into HomeKit, but it sounds like it\u00a0would make a perfect partnership.\r\n\r\nSo, do I sleep better? \u00a0No. \u00a0But I sleep with more information and like other sleep tools, I can now A\/B test to see what impacts or doesn't impact my sleep. \u00a0For example, reducing sugar intake at night, negating caffeine during the day, reducing stress, being more mindful of my mind (I suggest the Headspace app for this), room temperature, or light. \u00a0I'll of course keep tabs on the sensors and make sure to update this review if I find that it's wearing out or coming loss.\r\n\r\nMake sure to checkout our other\u00a0sleep gadget reviews.