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Track (and change) your sleep habits with this tiny device

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If you suffer from apnea or some other condition that affects your sleep schedule, you may not even be aware that you have it. Maybe you’re just used to being drowsy at work, or having a rotten mood at certain times of the day. You compensate with energy drinks, extra cups of coffee and temporary jolts from sugary foods – none of which will actually address the problem.

Even if you are aware of your sleep disorder, you may have just decided to live with it. That’s certainly understandable once you see the mouthpieces, masks and other intrusive methods that are typically used to treat sleep apnea. But the science has long been in: Whatever the cause, lack of sleep has far-reaching effects on both your productivity and your health.

Luckily, technology seems to be finally catching up to the problem. The first step to dealing with a sleep disorder is finding out exactly what kind of issue you have, if any. And the GO2SLEEP tracking device is an effective, precise – and most importantly, unobtrusive – way to assess your unconscious hours.

The central device is a small chip encased in silicone, attached to a ring that you wear around your finger while you sleep. It’s equipped with sensors that measure your heart rate and the oxygen saturation in your blood, among other things. Once you wake up, take off the ring and place it on a charging hub. The tracker pairs with an app and gives you a comprehensive look at your sleep habits.

The readout is comprehensive, to say the least. You’ll get to know when you dropped in and out of REM, how often you tossed and turned and if your blood oxygen level dropped below safe levels. Based on that info, the app paired with the GO2SLEEP device can better understand your condition and suggest habits that can improve your sleep experience. Thanks to the gentle vibration alert that triggers when apnea sets in, it can even nudge you to change positions, keeping you from snoring or losing vital oxygen.

The device and accompanying app are now available for $99, a full 23% off the MSRP.

Prices are subject to change.

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