ZEO PERSONAL SLEEP COACH
TRACKS Sleep time and quality
COST $200; $300 for personalized coaching; myzeo.com
I’m afraid there’s no way to talk about the Zeo without using the term wake-up call. First, because the technology is so amazing: Can three little sensors on a headband really monitor my brain waves; measure how much time I spend in REM, deep and light sleep, plus how often I’m unknowingly awakened during the night; and transmit the data wirelessly to a display unit that instantly feeds the information back to me as a graph? (Sure, why not? It’s 2011.) Second, because I was shocked to see how little sleep I’ve actually been getting. The sleek bedside display, which doubles as a smart alarm clock (and I mean very smart; I can set it to go off during a light phase of sleep, when I’m less likely to wake up groggy), also stores my data so I can upload it to Zeo’s website. There I can obsess about my pathetically low sleep score and get coached on exactly how to improve it (in my case, avoid late-night Net surfing and ask the dog to please sleep in its own bed).
BUY IT IF You suspect that poor sleep habits are at least partly to blame for your zombielike stupor and voracious appetite during the day.
| Turn Your Stats Into Cash |
Studies show that financial incentives help people achieve their health goals—but dropping a dollar bill into the cookie jar every time you work out is so retro. Now you can partner with websites that, in return for earning your good favor and loyalty, will turn the info from your tracking devices into tangible (yes, even monetary) rewards.
- Earndit: Collect points for every mile you run, walk, bike, skate or paddle. Use them to compete in social-networking challenges or redeem them for clothing, food and beauty-product gift cards (free; earndit.com).
- Play2BFit: Join as a team of friends, coworkers, etc., or be placed on an existing team for an eight-week program. Players earn individual and team points by logging in daily activities ranging from standard exercises to shoveling snow (you can even earn bonus points by making dietary changes). They also get regular online support from a personal trainer, and top earners win bonus points, gift cards and cash prizes throughout the competition. ($65 per program for first-time players, $75 for returnees; play2bfit.com).
- Switch2Health: Buy a wristband that displays a smile when you move and a frown when you sit, and use it to track exercise. Every hour logged nets you one reward code, redeemable at places like iTunes (wristband: $20; s2h.com.
- Plus 3 Network: Log your time- or distance-based fitness activities to accumulate points that translate into a charitable donation (you pick the sponsor and cause from a preset list). Activities verified via tracking systems, such as a Garmin watch, earn double points (free; plus3network.com).
Originally published in the May 2011 issue of More.
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