The value of this device (which is now $99 if you get the mobile version, which ties into your smartphone) is not just in observing your sleep patterns, but in enabling you to perform n=1 sleep experiments.
For instance, I got mine last week, and I plan on doing the following experiments:
- What does __ supplementation do for my sleep quality? (Magnesium vs Zinc vs Holy Basil vs GABA)
- What does exercise do for my sleep quality? (No exercise vs Running vs HIIT vs Lifting)
- How does alcohol affect my sleep patterns?
- How does caffeine affect my sleep patterns?
- How does gluten affect my sleep patterns?
These are all very individual things. You might be taking a supplement for YEARS and not know what it's really doing for you. Eliminating a supplement alone makes this device pay for itself. Similarly, if you become aware of another behavior that totally screws up your deep sleep (like drinking after 6), think of how many cumulative hours of deep sleep you'll gain over your lifetime by being aware of that. Easily worth $99.
If you gain ANY insights into your sleep at all in using this thing, it will be worth it, because of how much of our lives we spend sleeping.
There are some people this device does not work on though, as you've seen in a few select amazon reviews. But the device is overwhelmingly accurate for most people, at least compared to the technology we have today. If this is 80% accurate, full-on sleep-lab technology is about 90% accurate. I recommend reading up on the research/validation they have on their site. One caveat to this is that it is very difficult (even for sleep labs) to distinguish between awake and REM, so some people might register as being asleep when they are actually lying awake in bed. I have not had this experience yet.
Small sample anecdote: I've used this thing for just 3 nights -- and I ended up having to do a gluten cheat (pretty rare for me) for one of them. That night the chart showed I got pretty close to ZERO deep sleep, and woke up feeling mildly hungover. The other two nights I had a ton of deep sleep. Small sample, but interesting.