Recently there has been some movement in the market of wearable devices. While this market had a fast growth, today there are some players who switch gears. Nike Fuel armband most probably will be discontinued over the next months. LarkLife was discontinued after a few months of its existence. Fitbit Force had a recall in the marktet because of rash induction. Rumors say that activity trackers will be more and more implemented in the smartphones. As wearable activity trackers are hard, usually they don’t have a screen where you can see your results immediately, there is always the synchronisation that has to take place. And apart from that, practise shows that after a 6 month period or earlier, the tracking devices are going into a drawer somewhere unused. I have some in mine as well.
I still use Runkeeper for my physical activity and BodyMedia for my sleep and activity tracking. Even though my data is more or less the same all the time, I just like to have that data now, it is an extra confirmation. Using Runkeeper as an extra app on the iPhone is mainly because of the data has a different presentation and there is also the availability of music that motivates me to run and do Tai Chi during my excercise. In addition I use Lift to keep track of my frequency on the excersise habit. I like Lift as a frequency tracker to see the difference in seasons and time availability. Something I need to pay attention to. So I tend towards mobile apps as well, although mobile apps can’t solve everything. In different areas we will still need wearables too, but maybe in different ways.
All in all if I reflect on my change in lifestyle I started in October 2012, the technology use was one aspect and made me curious on my results, but more importantly it is that 30 minutes in nature, in the calm, that makes me feel my day starts differently and I feel more happy during that day, that makes me continue doing this. The feel good aspects about doing the activity is the major trigger in continuing this! Technology is just a small aspect in the whole picture, to make it more complete.
I found the perfect spot to practise the activity, it is easy and accessible. And it fits in my planning (time availability) or I make it fit in my planning 🙂 .
Lift overview 2012_2014
I think this never happened before! When I woke up I did’t had the feeling that my sleepscore would be so high, although I felt I fell in a coma from the moment my head hit the pillow last night. I was really relaxed yesterday, especially in the evening. First I went to the hairdresser, and the guy who washes your hair, is really good in head massages, it is a real pleasure to feel his hands on your head, really smooth, no words for it really. After that went to the market to buy some good food, and then had a complete body massage. Getting rid off all the stress that I had in June and July and went home. Cooked watch some tele and went to bed around 11.00. I guess it was a nice day and spoiled my brain and body. Resulting in a 97 % sleep effeciency, just awesome!
My sleep effeciency rose by 6% to an 88% in August compared to June – July period. Although I haven’t slept more hours, but the quality was better. So what was so different in these months? Basically in June there were the exams for my Master to deal with. On top of that my mom had to be taking to the hospital and a few weeks after that went to a senior home. Alzheimer took over her life. So a lot on my mind. But maybe this is not all, because during these years I’m measuring my sleep my average is around 80-82 %. So these events I had in June- July did not had that big influence on my sleep, still I feel much calmer and naturally tired in the evening. Im curious how I will do in September – October when things get more busy again.
Sleepdata August 2013
A short interview with Lark CEO, Body Media on sleep analysis with their devices and user base data. Both companies are behavior change companies.
Lark – how to sleep better
Body Media difference between men and women – correlation between obesity and sleep
Last night was my first refreshing night since days. Being sick with a serious cold and breathing problems I had a hard time sleeping well. But this morning I all of sudden felt energized again, and better, not so tired and kind a ready to start my day.
I like to share my sleeping data during these days, because even you know you are not sleeping well or feel like you slept very well, the data is always interesting to look at. Last night was very peculiar with almost no wake ups, and a high score of sleep effeciency 91%, which is very special, it doens’t happen that much, usually my score is in the 80″s.
Shots of everyday sleeptracking during Septemeber 2010 and September 2011. In 2011 invested in new matress which resulted in better sleep – less wake ups in general.
Telling me all about his neurodreammask a Kickstarter project, and got one to try it out! When he visits Belgium to speak et TEDX conference in Brussels we meet again and I can share my Neuro Dreammask experiences with him. I will use the neurodreammask simultanously with my ZEO and see if it changes my sleeppatterns. Hang in there for futher news!