My Zeo Sleep Manager Pro+ arrived today. For those who do not know the thing: Zeo is a device for tracking the quality of one’s sleep by measuring the different sleep stages (like REM, Deep Sleep, …) during sleep and naps and using the data for further analysis and coaching from the tool’s online and mobile apps.
This might become one of the most important tools for us who are playing with different sleep schedules. So I thought for those who play with the thought of purchasing one, I do a little “unboxing” and review article with a lot of pictures…
Ordering process and pricing
I ordered the device from the european distributor Intus Healthcare on their site myzeo.co.uk on July, 17th at around 14:00. I received the delivery information only 1 hour later – so logistics are top there. The device was sent via normal royal mail (no express or such). I paid 98,00 british pounds (€129,39) including shipping and taxes.
At the point of purchase this would have been $157,31. In the US shop, the price was $129,00 but shipment to euope would have been about $80 so this was no alternative. All the same – the european distributor charges a bit more for the device.
Today the parcel arrived ( 3 days shipping – more than OK ). A bit damaged but nothing serious. Inside was just one box, which contained the device and all accessories. No manual, just a warrenty paper.
The material and feeling of the components was good. The package contains a USB charging station with adapters to add the device to the normal power lines.
The headband and the sensor were seperatly packaged. I later learned that the sensor and the headband should be replaced every three months. A replacement costs about 15$, so there will be additional costs of about 60$ per year if you use the device every day.
Putting the tool to use
After unboxing the first question was: OK, what now? No manual, no “getting started sheet”. I went to the homepage, searched the FAQ and finally found what I was looking for – this could be a bit easier. The information is buried quite deep.
Android app crashes – iOS works though
OK, I did as I was told, loaded the headband and downloaded the android app. At step 6 I came to a sudden halt: The android app crashed evertime I tried to start it. No chance. After one hour of reinstalling and hunting for a solution online, I gave up and produced my good old iPad1 device and behold: the iOS app worked smoothly – yeah.
The device talks to the phone/tablet via bluetooth. In order for the smart alarm (the app tries to wake you at the perfect moment in just the right sleep stage) to work properly, you have to keep the phone/tablet connected to the zeo all night and since this will drain a lot of energy, the app only lets you “start tracking” if the phone/tablet is connected to the powerline.
You can use it standlone though and transfer your sleep data afterwards when connected next time. But obviously the smart alarm cannot work like this.
Creating an online account at myzeo.com
This was the next step. Since the mobile apps are really only good for data collection, you will need this account, if you want to get a benefit from your tracked data.
The process is quite smooth. Nicely done wizard which created a user profile by asking lots of questions. Some screenshots below:
The Sleep Coaching
This profile is the starting point for zeo’s sleep coaching program which aims to optimize your sleep step by step in different areas that affect the qualitiy of sleep.
The answers I gave to the wizard let to the recommandation to take especially “Step 7” of the coaching program “Harmonize with your housemates” – I am curious which tips can keep the kids (1 year old boy and 3 year old twins) from interrupting our sleep
First time in action
I used the device for the first time during the 22:30 nap tonight. The headband did not trouble me at all, but the thought “brand new device is just measuring your brainwaves” did interfere with my ability to fall asleep instantly – so I reset my timer after 5 minutes and restarted, resulting to a 27 minutes total time in bed.
Here is the result:
- Time to fall asleep: 13 minutes.
- Time slept: 14 minutes,
- 2 minutes REM,
- 13 minutes light sleep
(ahh- this would be 15 minutes of sleep though, probably some rounding issue).
I already love this. The device seems to be high quality. The online app looks very promising. I have no problems wearing the headband during sleep.
The mobile apps could be improved though. My android app did not start at all and the iOS app could be more sophisticated (especially if used on a tablet with lots of space).
Also a little hint as how to get started would be very useful within the package.
But these are minor issues. All in all I have a good feeling that I can recommend the Zeo tool after a period of serious testing.