To coincide with World Sleep Day (March 18, 2022), Withings yesterday introduced a sleep diary feature for its sleep analyzer and sleep tracking mat. This means you can now make medically informed decisions about your kip time by sharing an automatically generated sleep diary with your doctor.
The feature arrived via a software update to the smartphone app. You can access it by going to the iOS or Android Health Map app, tapping on Profile > Health Report. This will generate a PDF file that you can then share with your healthcare professional and others.
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Note that this does not add any new sleep metrics. What it does is it provides a comprehensive overview for a set period of your sleep data. By looking at the graph, you can spot sleep trends and abnormalities at a glance. Here is what it looks like (the example provided is in French).
For now, the new feature is only available for the Withings Sleep Analyzer and the Sleep Tracking Mat. It looks like the company currently has no plans to integrate it into its smartwatch lineup.
The idea behind this type of report is to replace the traditional sleep diaries that are often deployed by medical professionals in order to identify sleep abnormalities. The problem with these diaries is that they are difficult to keep up to date and it is tedious to have to fill them in day after day. Additionally, there is the subjective aspect of manually keeping such records for long periods of time.
Withings says the Sleep Diary feature “combines automatic sleep data collection with behavioral analysis based on industry-leading sleep disorder medical questionnaires, including the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and the STOP-Bang Questionnaire.” . The report provides all the relevant information necessary for patients and their healthcare professionals to make informed decisions.
We reviewed Sleep Analyzer a while ago and it has become our favorite sleep tracking gadget ever since. Slip it under your mattress, plug it into a USB port to power it up – and it’ll sit quietly there to monitor your nightly sleep sessions and daily naps without you having to lift a finger. Nothing to wear, nothing to turn on or off – everything is automatic. The sleep tracking mat keeps tabs on a host of metrics, including sleep disturbances, snoring, and sleep cycle phases.
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