Getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of life and to help improve, you could use a fitness tracker with sleeping tracking or you could try something like the Sleep Tracking Mat from Withings.
Design & Hardware
As the name implies, the Withings Sleep Tracking Mat takes the form of a mat. It’s relatively thin in design at just 5mm and it’s 637mm long and 190mm wide. The exterior is made from a piece of premium fabric.
Inside the device is the pneumatic sensor and sound sensor. The pneumatic sensor measures respiratory rate, heartbeats via ballistocardiography and body movements across the mattress while the sound sensor listens for “identifies audio signals specific to snoring & cessation of breathing episodes.”
To start using the device, you’ll need to plug it into a nearby outlet and the cord for the device is fairly long. So even if you don’t have an outlet next to your bed, you should be fine. There’s also a USB power adapter included.
After plugging it in, you’ll need to place it underneath your mattress and it’s worth noting that the device can only track one person. So if you sleep next to your partner in the same bed, they’ll need a mat on their side to track their sleep.
The device features Bluetooth 4.0 and support for 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks. While I would have liked 5GHz Wifi support, I did have some connection issues with the device when first setting it up and connecting to my home network.
To use the Withings Sleep Tracking Mat, you’ll need the Health Mate app which is available on Android and iOS. The app will take you through the setup process including connecting it to Wi-Fi etc.
The Health Mate app is divided up into a few sections, Home, Dashboard, Devices and Profile.
Home will show your latest measurements like sleep. The sleep measurements will show you how long you were asleep and show a timeline for it.
The timeline will show you when you fell asleep (approx) and when woke up that night. It will also show you times when you were awake, had REM sleep, light & deep sleep moments. From there, the app gives you a Sleep Score (out of 100) and it’ll tell you if the depth of sleep was good, duration and also your average sleep heart rate.
Just below the average sleep heart rate is where you’ll see info like breathing disturbances or snoring.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you’re someone that lies/sits on their bed a lot, the device will count that as sleeping when you’re not actually. Another thing to note is that even though the app shows your info about your sleep, the Health Mate app doesn’t actually offer any actionable advice to help improve your sleep.
The Dashboard shows all your health data just as steps, height, weight, heart info. Devices is where you’ll be able to see all your connected Withings devices like the Sleep Mat or the company’s smartwatches.
Profile is pretty self-explanatory and shows you info about you, Achievements you’ve gained using the device and connect to other health apps like Google Fit, Samsung Health, IFTTT, MyFitnessPal and more.
You’ll also be able to add a family member to the sleep mat to track their sleep.
Overall, the Withings Sleep Tracking Mat is a good device to be able to track your sleep without needing to wear a device.
- Mostly accurate sleep & health data
- No wearable needed to use
- Sleek design
- Syncs over Wi-Fi to the app
- Fairly easy to setup
- Withings Health Mate app is well-designed
- Can connect to other health apps and services like Google Fit, Samsung Health etc
- Sometimes will log lying down on the bed as “sleeping”
- Some connection issues (No 5GHz Wi-Fi support)
- The app doesn’t give much help about how to improve sleep