Zeo Sleep Manager: The Science of a Sleep Lab at Home

Are you tired of waking up tired? Almost half of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights and more than half say they have a sleep problem every night, including snoring, waking up in the middle of the night, waking too early, or feeling groggy in the morning.

A new sleep device, the Zeo Sleep Manager brings the science of a sleep lab to the bedroom. By measuring brainwaves while you sleep, Zeo tracks sleep stages so you can make lifestyle changes to improve both the quality and the quantity of your nighttime shuteye.

Zeo Sleep Manager The Science of a Sleep Lab at Home

“The Zeo Sleep Manager is the ultimate sleep experiment: it takes the science of a sleep lab and puts it in your hands,” says Dave Dickinson, CEO of Zeo Inc. In a clinical study published by the Journal of Sleep Research, Zeo’s sleep stage recordings were found to be in agreement with polysomnograph measurements in a sleep lab more than 74% of the time across light, deep and REM (rapid-eye movement sleep) sleep stages combined.

A soft headband worn to bed collects sleep data and sends it wirelessly to a special bedside alarm clock or to your mobile phone. In the morning, you can review how much time you spent in each of four sleep stages: awake, light sleep, deep sleep, and REM. Upload your data to the Zeo website and you can calculate your ZQ score, a measure of the quality of your sleep compared to others your same age. Online tools help you track up to 30 different sleep stealers and access Zeo’s online coaching program, 7 Steps of Sleep Fitness, to learn how to change your lifestyle to improve your ZQ score.

Odds are you realize that sleep is critical for learning, memory consolidation, alertness, productivity and mood, as those things can fall noticeably short when you are short on Zs. But sleep deprivation is also associated with the onset of many chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, depression, and a higher risk of several different types of cancer.

Elite athletes monitor their sleep habits closely to get the most from their training, as time spent in deep sleep is critical for recovery. “Last summer, Team Radio Shack used Zeo during training for the Tour de France and adjusted their training regimen in response to the amount of deep sleep they had. As well, Jarrod Shoemaker, 2010 USA Triathlon Elite National Champion, called us to tell us about his experience: he used Zeo as part of his training and actually experienced his highest ZQ score the night before he won the US triathlon,” says Dickinson.

Zeo was originally invented by students at Brown University who were looking for a way to wake up without feeling groggy after late nights. One of Zeo’s innovative features is the SmartWake alarm, which wakes you at the lightest-sleep stage possible within a half hour before it’s time to get up.

“Zeo believes it’s time for sleep to take its rightful place in the health and wellness triad alongside diet and exercise. Zeo is not just a company marketing a product, Zeo is leading a revolution, a movement to help people understand the power of sleep in their life,” says Dickinson.


Did you sleep well last night? To learn more about the health benefits of sleep, visit the National Sleep Foundation, or the CDC’s Sleep and Sleep Disorders.

Originally published on GE Healthy Outlook, February 24, 2012. Copyright Jane Langille.

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