Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 27th November 2017 80

Rest Easy – Here’s Sleepy Suggestion For Christmas List

The dawning of that dreadful new arrival in our calendar, Black Friday, not only brings the dread of gridlocked town centres and a sluggish internet, it tells us the Christmas shopping season is here and, with it, the angst of choosing presents.

For those with a generous budget and a stressful lifestyle, a hi-tech sleep tracker might be an investment with a difference as a candidate for the gift wrap. Wrist bound activity trackers like Fitbits and Jawbones can generally do an overnight shift in addition to their daytime workload, keeping an eye on the tossing and turning, but there are two drawbacks with this.

Firstly most of us like to remove watches and jewellery and the like at night.

Secondly, because it is a side-line to the day job for these arm huggers, the analysis of the results can lack the depth of a gizmo whose sole purpose is watching over a sleeping beauty.

The dedicated models typically sit at the bedside and use a sensor on the mattress or connected to the pillow to detect what is going on between the sheets. The best of them monitor light, noise and temperature in the room and correlate these with sleep patterns.

This can indicate whether thicker curtains, better sound-proofing or heating control adjustments might deliver a better kip.

Some of the best respected models are those from Beddit, ResMed, Sense  and Withing Aura. They are not cheap at prices starting from about £130.

However, someone weary of getting out of bed feeling like they have done an all-nighter might want to put one on the list for Santa.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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