Now that St. Patrick’s Day is behind us, and you’ve finished laughing at your sloppy spaghetti noodle drunk sleep data, take a look at how a day of healthy exercise and eating can lead to a good night’s sleep. And can you spot when an intense stress dream happened?
Beddit Employee #1: March 5 involved exercise and no alcohol followed by a good night’s sleep, with steady heart rate and nice, rolling sleep cycles. Compare it with March 10, after too much red wine: a heart rate roller coaster with lumpy sleep sleep cycles.
On the flight from Helsinki to a conference in London, frustrated by travel delays and seeking relaxation, two Beddit employees who wish to remain anonymous realized that wine is available by the 75 cl plastic bottle on Norwegian Airlines. For 18 bucks. At that exact moment they also realized that Beddit wouldn’t let them get away with such a purchase without turning it into a contribution to sleep data. So these company men, in the interests of science–and a St. Patrick’s Day sleep-and-alcohol blog scheduled for the following week–bought a bottle. Then another. Check out their Beddit data of that first night’s sleep in London, and compare it to an example of a good night’s sleep.
Sleep came fast. It got weird just as quickly. Note the loopy heart rate curves. This illustrates alcohol’s effect on the heart and sleep, as a dual stimulant and depressant. And those sleep cycles: no rhythm at all. Total sleep times of just over five hours aside, they clearly didn’t get the necessary five waves of sleep cycles due to alcohol’s deleterious effect on REM and expansion of slow wave sleep. Plus, the wake event to use the bathroom didn’t help. Nor did the sweating, brought on by alcohol’s elevation of core body temperature during sleep.
Beddit Employee #2: Compare those nice, rolling sleep cycles in 7 hours 26 minutes of sleep, contrasted with the big log of wine-soaked sleep from March, 10. Also, a significant elevation in average resting heart rate, from 51 bpm to 63 bpm; and spikes of 54 and 77 bpm, respectively.
Beddit’s Sleep Science
Beddit is a consumer-facing product that’s fueled by science. And right now our tank is full and we’re running on all cylinders to exchange scientific knowledge across the globe.
We’ve made some exciting findings with newly developed sleep disorder analysis tools, and we’re presenting those findings to the world’s biggest, most prestigious sleep medicine conferences. Using Beddit and our own computer algorithm, we found it’s possible to identify Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) and obstructive and central apnea. These severely under-diagnosed sleep disorders cause a range of health issues and drain billions of dollars in direct and indirect costs each year from the US alone.
Leading experts around the globe will survey our findings at the following upcoming conferences:
March 20-25: World Association of Sleep Medicine: Seoul, Korea
May 6-8: Nordic Sleep Conference: Gothenburg, Sweden http://www.nsc2015.se/
June 6-10 SLEEP: the American Association for Sleep Medicine
March 21 – 26, Antti Ylimutka and Eliot Baker will be in Seoul, Korea presenting an abstract and poster illustrating Beddit’s high-accuracy screening tool for PLM at the WASM conference. Similar results will be presented at the Nordic Sleep Conference in Gothenburg in May by Fredrik Sannholm. In June, CEO Lasse Lepakorppi will present results on a dual screening tool for PLM and apnea, two of the biggest players in the hidden sleep disorder-pandemic, at the SLEEP conference in Seattle, WA in June.