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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Sleep Health Benefits, but not perfect

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    This is an exciting new innovative product in the emerging category of Sleep Health. Study after study confirm a definite linkage between sleep habits on psychological mood, physical health and longevity. This product works by monitoring your sleep habits, measuring key metrics that go beyond the Apple Watch sleep trackers I use measuring heart rate and body movement. PROS ——— + Sleep Heath benefits are far-reaching + Comfort, like wearing a ball cap to bed + innovative technology with reliable design + SleepMapper app integration into Apple Health app + incredibly promising product with huge potential benefits CONS ——— - Lost sensor data is frustrating, it’s all or nothing, no partial sessions - Sticky sensor attaches only behind the right ear (cable length) - Cost prohibitive for some - Sensor pads 30-pack for $30 unless you carefully re-use - Requires patience and dedication for full benefits Narrow user restrictions - 18 years - 50 years of age - sleep 5 - 7 hours per night - No sleep disorders (insomnia, apnea, etc) - Fall asleep within 30 minutes with few wake-ups - No medication or alcohol dependency to fall asleep Philips advised it might take the full 2-week evaluation period before benefits become obvious, but I can tell you this product did help me my first night using it I actually got less sleep, but of higher-quality, and awoke fresh and energized. Possible placebo effect, perhaps. Subsequent usage provided slightly more sleep than previously, with fluctuating sleep scores in the SleepMapper app. It achieves this by sensing how deeply you are sleeping. When it determines you begin to drift awake before completing a full “sleep cycle”, it pulses subsonic tones through the headband, keeping you under longer. All is not perfect though, I had two disconnects during the trial period where I awoke feeling great, hoping to see a high sleep score, but after plugging the headband into the micro-USB charger (which “ends” the sleep session), and syncing the data, I was sadly informed that the unit lost connection to the sensor data overnight. No sleep score for you. Bummer. Philips manual says to use a drop of water on your forehead under the front sensor, which I did, but believe the problem is bc I typically sleep on my right side, the same side the sensor “ear bone” connector attaches to, and noticed it had slid lower than usual, disrupting contact. This product shows tremendous potential, but I’m having difficulties giving it a whole-hearted recommendation. If sleep is important to you, this product is likely to help, but it’s a little finicky, and slightly uncomfortable at first (though initial discomfort subsided and I continue to use it nightly beyond the review period). All in all I believe this product will continue to get better via Firmware and Software updates.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Device Works, but is a large investment

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    My fiancé doesn’t get enough sleep. She works long hours and then spends her evenings taking care of our family. She’s the first one up in the morning and the last one to bed at night. So, there is a lot that rests on her shoulders. As a result, she doesn’t get the most amount or the best quality of sleep. When I heard about this device, I thought it might be able to help her with sleeping deeper, longer so that she was more rested throughout the day. There were several observations I made about the headband as we tested it. First of all, it requires that the user wear it overnight. Therefore, you have to be comfortable with having something on your head while you sleep. My fiancé was a bit worried about this requirement at first, but when she tried on the headband she said it was actually quite comfortable. The fabric that is used is really soft and it ended up being a really nice fit for her head. It has some cushioning in a few places which make it feel like an extension of your pillow. The next observation we made was that the headband charges using Micro USB. Even though this option provides a less expensive connection, I sort of feel that it’s an older technology and I would much rather see USB-C used on newer devices. That said, Philips does include a Micro USB to USB-A cable and a power adapter that plugs into a standard outlet along with the headband. The cable is woven and flat to help prevent tangling. The instructions note that even though the headband has some charge out of the box that the user will need to charge it for a few hours in order for it to have enough battery life to make it through the night. This made for a small speed bump in our user experience. At it turns out the headband has just enough battery life for one night’s use. Therefore, you have to charge it every single day in order to use it at night. It would be nice if this device had at least two nights worth of charge available in my opinion. The next thing we noticed was that you have to manually sync the data from the headband to the app on the phone. It’s a quick and easy process, but it’s something you have to remember to do every day in order to get the greatest benefit from the device. When we synced the data from the headband and found that my fiancé had earned a high sleep score of 95 out of 100. This was calculated by the time asleep, any deductions for sleep stages, and any sleep boost she might have received from the headband. We happen to have a smart bed that also helps to track sleep data so we compared her score from the night she used the headband to the night directly following and found that her score was only a couple of points different. She actually experienced more restless sleep on the night she used the headband than the night she didn’t. On a few additional occasions, she reported that a reading wasn’t recorded or the headband slipped off of her head. One unfortunate side effect of using the headband for deeper sleep was oversleeping the next morning. My fiancé ended up sleeping right through her alarm. She did wake up just in time to get ready for work and get my daughter to school on time, but it was a rushed morning. As a result, she has been nervous about using the headband on nights when she has work the next morning. She said she felt a little better rested than normal, but it wasn’t a huge difference. We’ve only had the headband for a couple of weeks so it’s hard for my fiancé to make a full determination of how it’s helping (or not helping) her throughout the day yet. While I like the concept of this device, and so does my fiancé, but the expense is quite high and since some of the steps are ones you have to complete manually, so it’s a little bit of an inconvenient device to work with.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Better sleep quality but uncomfortable

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    I’d like to start off by saying that I feel the Philips SmartSleep Deep Sleep headband actually did make a difference in my alertness and ability to function normally on days following nights where I slept less than 7 hours. The product is specifically for people who usually get less than 6 hours of sleep or regularly sleep only 5 to 7 hours due to choice or lifestyle. That’s a really important point because if you have a sleep disorder or condition like insomnia or sleep apnea this product isn’t designed to help you. There are a lot of conditions you have to meet in order to use the device as well, for example: be under the age of 50, be able to hear 80 dB, and be able to fall asleep quickly without any aid. Since I met all of the requirements I thought that product might be a good fit for me. As a reference point, I normally need between 8 and 9 hours of sleep to function optimally the next day and feel refreshed. I know from experience that when I sleep less than that, I wake up feeling tired, am exhausted throughout the day, and sometimes get headaches or even migraines when I’m sleep deprived over consecutive days. So in order to faithfully test out this product, I restricted my sleep to 5 to 7 hours per night for two weeks straight to align my habits with the target consumers and determine if the product could actually help me sleep less and feel optimal, or at least normal, the following day. What I found was that, yes, on nights where I slept fewer than 7 or even 6 hours, even though I felt terrible shortly after wakening, that feeling did not persist throughout the day, and after about an hour I actually felt alert enough to get through work, concentrate on tasks, and power through pretty late into the night without needing to take a nap or generally feel too exhausted. Even while following this routine for multiple days back-to-back I never got to the point where I had bad migraines or decided I couldn’t handle the restricted amount of sleep. From a functionality standpoint, the sensors on the headband always picked up their signals immediately, after placing a drop of water on my forehead under the contact point. Syncing the data with the app the next day was simple too. The app logged the data that the headband tracked during the night and gave me an insightful breakdown of my sleep pattern and progress over time. My first night with the device I slept 5 hrs and had a sleep score of 51 with a Sleep Boost measurement of 14. After several more nights, some where I got 6 hours of sleep or more, I regularly received Sleep Boost scores in the mid to high 20s; as a result my total sleep scores were in the 90s, and sometimes hit 100. That said, if you get more than 7 hours of sleep the app will always give you high sleep scores, so it’s unclear how much the device is helping you, if you get adequate sleep. In general, the higher the sleep score form the night before, the better I felt and functioned the next day. Only once during the two-weeks did the headband shift and disconnect in the middle of the night, because I rolled over and the headband slipped off my forehead, resulting in only a partial data set for that night. I generally do not move a lot in my sleep. The headband itself has a pretty nice construction. It’s made from a soft, stretchy, slippery fabric like performance athletic clothing and is lightweight overall. The headband’s design is not unlike a regular sports sweatband but with some electronics embedded inside: earpieces on each side for delivering sound into your ear and a secondary forehead band for one of the sensors. The forehead sensor strip is removable for cleaning, though none of the rest of the headband has removable parts. Since you can’t submerge the headband in water due to the electronics inside, washing it in the washing machine is out of the question and you’re limited to wiping it down with a damp cloth. I would have preferred the parts of it that come in direct contact with your skin and hair to be removable for washing. The second sensor consists of a disposable gel pad that you stick behind your right ear and snap onto a wire just under the right earpiece. I did find that upon removal, this sticky sensor left a tacky residue behind my ear that was difficult to clean off, even with soap, warm water, and scrubbing with a terry cloth. The headband comes in two sizes: medium and large; I got the medium size as this supposedly fits most users. However, for me, it was not a comfortable product to wear nightly. I thought perhaps it was due to the size because I had the band expanded to the max and it was snug, though according to the manual this is appropriate as long as it is not overly tight, which I didn’t think it was. The headband also loosened up over time and by the end of the first week didn’t feel as tight, and I even needed to use the adjusters to make it smaller. Since the headband goes over your ears, your ears are pressed flat against your head for the duration of the night. This actually bothered me a lot because I would wake up with pain and soreness at the back of my ears, akin to the feeling of wearing on-ear headphones or earmuffs for too long. The earpieces also prevented me from side-sleeping because the components inside the earflaps are somewhat hard, and I could feel them quite clearly when I slept against them. However, my discomfort was mainly due to the fact that the headband adjusts via two flat metal brackets (not removable) at the back of the headband. I had the headband at the max circumference and the brackets sat right in the center at the back of my head. I get that they’re thin and lightweight and very durable, but so is Velcro, or silicone, or a whole host of other materials other than solid metal. Since I’m a back sleeper, this resulted in the brackets digging into the back of my head as soon as I put my head down. This was somewhat mitigated by changing from a feather pillow to a memory foam one, though it was still very palpable. I’m not normally aware of waking up at all during the night, and if I do I usually fall back asleep pretty quickly, but I noticed (and the sensors noticed) that I was waking up during the night more often when wearing the headband. This was particularly annoying because when I would wake, I was aware of how uncomfortable the headband felt and this kept me up, making it difficult for me to fall asleep again. In the mornings I would wake up with a sore spot at the back of my head just under the where the brackets sat, due to the friction, pressure and abrasion they applied to my skin. That, coupled with the ear pain made this, albeit effective sleep booster, a poor user experience as a whole. I just didn’t want to use the product despite what it could do for me. I wore the headband nightly over the course of 14 days to see whether or not my opinion on this point would evolve over time, but it did not. I really wanted to like this smart sleep headband, and I felt like it really did improve the quality of sleep I got, when it was limited. But the experience of using it was, on a whole, not pleasant. I think the technology is great, and a few design changes could make this an amazing product as it would potentially put a few hours back into my day when I could really use it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Cool concept but needs some more work

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    Summary: The Philips SmartSleep headband is a great tool to help you improve your sleep but will not make you sleep better. It's a great concept but needs some fixes some bugs. I had the chance to try out the Philips SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband, I had been having issues with sleep and thought this was a good chance for me to improve my sleep. I work in a demanding job that require me to work long hours and then after it's more work at with my personal side business so sleep can be a luxury at times. Out of the box, you're going to get a the headband itself, 3 packets of SmartSleep sensors for behind your ear and the charger with cable.The SmartSleep sensor must be kept dry so make sure you always reseal the provided ziplock bags. I was a bit confused at how or orientate which way the head band going but the quick starter guide was really helpful in explaining everything, so make sure to read the quick starter guide. At first use, the app is really easy to set up and pair with the headband but that's where things end. When you first use the app for the first time, it's somewhat confusing on what you're supposed to do and if you need to push a button for it to start recording but through the couple of weeks that I've had the SmartSleep headband I've encountered some issues as well as some fixes I found on my own. One of the main things is, when the app updates it tends to not be able to connect the headband. There were a few frustrating nights that I couldn't connect but I had to fully exit the program, once I did that the app and head band connected, no further issues. One additional issue I found, was the headband missed a few recording. A couple of day I expected the head band to record the data but failed to. One last thing I found was that if you occasionally sleep for 3 hours wake and do not reconnect to the app it does not record the data. I few times I woke up to use the restroom, the next day I tried to sync the data but did not have data to record. In conclusion this is a great tool to help understand your sleeping habits and help you improve upon them. This system won't improve your sleep if you're not willing to improve on the results. This also need some work to fix the bugs I've experienced.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great tool to improve sleep

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    I have irregular sleep patterns: sometimes, I get a lot of sleep, but most of the time, I get very little. My daily activities and my health are affected when I don’t get good sleep. After two weeks of using the Philips Smart Sleep Deep Sleep Headband, I am impressed by how it has helped me improve my daily sleep. Before the headband, I was getting on average, seven hours of sleep, going to bed around nine pm, and waking up at four am. After using the headband, I now wake up at five, six, and even seven am, getting a daily average of 9 hrs of sleep. The headband has also boosted the quality of sleep. It is simple to use, but before using it, it must charge for about 2 hours. Download the SleepMapper app and follow the instructions. Attach a new sensor behind the right ear, place the headband on the head, and snap the connector to the sensor. Adjust headband if necessary and then turn it on. Once the app establishes a reading, you can go to sleep. I got the Medium size for my head size, and it fits okay, and the sensor was comfortable. It is adjustable but for up to head size of 23.5inch (ca. 60 centimeters) circumference. The large is for people with a head size of 23.5 inches (ca. 60 centimeters) to 26inch (ca. 66 centimeters) in circumference. It is very lightweight and easy to put on. The kit includes plenty of sensors and may be used again (only if the gel is present and it is still sticking well). On the app, you can view and compare how deep your sleep is. It also gives each sleep a Score, which helps you analyze if your sleep quality is getting better or falling off. Overall, I love this product and would highly recommend to anyone who wants to improve their sleep.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Wanted to love it; ended up in "Meh"-ville

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    Let's jump right into this as this is one of the more perplexing items/reviews I've done; pros - quality -- the fit and finish (well, not the *actual* fit, but more on that later), materials, and overall feel of everything is top notch. It's Philips; in my experience with their products (headphones, earbuds, lights, shavers, etc etc) this is something they've long-since excelled at - ingenuity -- Philips always seems to be pushing the envelope in any number of categories. While others are putting out gimmick after gimmick, these folks seem to actually attempt to delve into areas that can help and improve people's day-to-day lives; not just sell them another paperweight. - information -- on the nights where the headband works (again, more on this in a bit) it appears to provide a great bit of information and insight into your sleep patterns and the quality of that sleep cons - comfort -- this thing simply isn't all that comfortable. I looked up the measurements and bumped that against every single fitted hat I have purchased in the last ~25 years. This measure put me a good 3/4" off from the max setting on the MEDIUM size. I have the strap all the way to it's largest possible setting and it is extremely snug. I have short hair (shaved down to 0 on the sides, 1/2" up top) so that has very little to do with this. The measurements are simply off and it makes wearing it for an entire evening a chore if you don't get it absolutely spot on position-wise on your head. - consistency -- there are nights where you will get a "good beep" meaning that you're connected and good to go, only to wake up and see that "no data was collected due to a faulty connection". This happened on ~25% of the nights I wore it over the course of 14 days. - behind the ear disposable sensor -- This gets it's own category even though it sort of ties into the previous. con. The manual recommends that you change the sensor you stick behind your ear (more on *that* in a second, as well) at least every 3 days and that if any debris, hair, oil, etc etc gets on it that you are to dispose of it and use a new one immediately as it can cause the faulty connection to take place. This means if you open one from the packaging and it gets a hair on it before you can apply it, or you bump it against anything oily, etc etc etc you run the risk of collecting zero data that evening even if you get a "you're good to go" confirmation via the audible tone and/or app on your phone. Sorry, but that just isn't going to fly. There is so much potential for this thing, but these disposable sensors are laughable. Talk about a waste...there *has* to be a permanent solution to this thing, because my laymen's view of it is that it's nothing more than, "we *could* provide that, but we aren't because now we get to sell you these disposable do-dads and keep your money coming to us for years to come if you want your device to work in any way, shape, or form." This con is also in direct odds with my "ingenuity" pro up above, but this is the ONE area from a tech stand-point that is bothersome. It just happens to be HUGELY bothersome. By the way; these are $30 for a 30-pack... And while my pros appear to be strongly outweighed by my cons I still think this device has massive potential. If I were able to get the LARGE that would have removed one of the cons for comfort. And if the sensor behind your ear wasn't so finicky and/or not of the disposable variety there would be little if anything to nitpick about other than it maybe occasionally messing up every 4-5 days on my data. I could live with that. But, that isn't the case...so it gets 3 stars out of 5 along with a recommendation so long as you can live with all of the aforementioned annoyances.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Neat tech - Not a substitute for a sleep study

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    I was excited to try this product as I met all the specific criteria that are listed for its effective use... or so I thought. Certain age range, no sleep apnea or other sleep-related disorders, average or less than 6 hours of sleep. I had been tracking my sleep for some time via Apple Watch apps and thought it was time to do more of a deep dive to get some data on my sleep patterns/habits. That's where this product comes in. Fit: I've seen other reviewers complain about the fit of the band, I didn't think it was too terrible, but I also made sure to get the specific size for my head circumference (I measured first). I also have short hair so wearing something on my head to sleep wasn't as much of an issue for me. The sensors are another discussion entirely. Materials and construction feel solid and like something I could wear on a consistent basis and it will last. Issues: The whole idea behind this product is for the 2 sensors in the band, and the behind the ear sensor to be in place properly. When the app detects you are in a deep sleep state and you might be exiting it, it plays sounds to continue your deep sleep. Quality over quantity for sleepers who get less than the recommended 8 hours, is the way I understand it. Issue number one was connectivity. I couldn't get a solid week out of this thing without at least one night or more having not enough data to determine your sleep score. This also left me wondering if it was working on those nights, or did it not have enough data to boost my sleep? Issue number two is the behind the ear sensors. These are "disposable" and often didn't stick effectively for me, or had to be readjusted and then would put uncomfortable pressure on the bone behind my ear where you place it, as I'm primarily a side sleeper. The initial unit comes with a decent number of sensors, and I did attempt to reuse them a few nights, possibly contributing to the loss of data. A refill of those sensors is about $1 each. Overall: In the end, I didn't feel like I was seeing a significant improvement to my sleep. I ended up reviewing the sleep data from the app with my dr, along with some other metrics, and he referred me to a sleep study. The data and the experience of using the deep sleep band definitely contributed to this journey and helped me along the way. I hoped that this technology would be the sleep solution for me, and I think if you meet the criteria, it could be. TLDR: Specifically designed for a set of sleep criteria/metrics. Achieving better rest seems worth it though.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Works, but I'm not sure who it's for

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    I've delayed writing this review because I wanted to give it every possible chance. It does most of what it claims to do; monitors brainwave activity, produces white noise to prevent you from waking up from deep sleep, and provides extensive feedback on how you sleep. But, it didn't actually help me sleep better. The first problem for me was the headband itself. It always felt as though I'd forgotten to take off my toque (a type of hat, for you non-Canadians). It was difficult for me to get comfortable with this on my head. Once asleep, it apparently did produce the white noise. I live in a very quiet area, though,and my S.O. does not snore, so noise really isn't my issue.The sleep reports are detailed and extremely interesting - if you're running a sleep study. If you're just looking for a good night's sleep, I don't understand the point. With all of this said, I can't help but feel that it would be right for some folks who don't get enough deep sleep. It's just that that person, apparently, is not me. I do wish Best Buy had a third option on "Would you recommend this to a friend?" It seems this is a case that "maybe" would be the right answer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    good on paper, less so in practice

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    the good: - sleep tracking seems to be accurate and very detailed - app is well designed and intuitive to use the bad: - comfort. For me, the single biggest negative here is that I simply cannot sleep while wearing something like this on my head. The size adjustment clasp is on the back, preventing me from laying on my back. The upper forward part of the “helmet” has sort of a bulge to it, making it difficult for me to sleep on my stomach. Ultimately the only way to get my head into a comfortable position left my neck somewhat twisted and awkward. Over a week’s time I tried every different position, and none offered anything more comfortable. - sensor stickers - I’m not sure why, but because of the use of disposable sensor stickers, which of course you have to purchase after you go through the included ones (30 are actually included, which is nice) this ultimately feels like a subscription service model to sleep. I know I’m nitpicking here but for something so expensive, to have to continue paying after the fact for stickers leaves a bad taste in my mouth. - I personally didn’t notice much of an improvement in my sleep quality, admittedly probably mostly due to fitting/comfort issues. overall: I’m sure this will work well for some people, just not for me. The headband seems well constructed and the app is good, but ultimately I don’t think I can personally continue to wear something like this until it’s less intrusive physically.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    An alternative sleep aid

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    As someone who has a hard time falling asleep, I have searched and tried non-medicated solutions to end my nocturnal habit. This lead me to trying out this Philips Headband. Before trying this, there are two things you have to do. First is read the list of diagnoses that this will not be effective on.. (i.e. if you have sleep apnea.. etc), Second is to consider what size of a headband you need. Large or medium. I first tried the medium since I fell within the circumference measurement which is about maybe at the high end of medium. I figure I could adjust it enough however at the widest setting the sliders felt bulging at the center. It wasn't bad at first but a few nights later I felt it was just too snug as I either woke up to take it off or I unconsciously removed it. This offset the results. I did exchange and got the large headband and it felt much more comfortable. The only thing about being too comfortable is it might be too loose that I would lose connection. Set up is easy, There is a video to follow in the website or you tube. The only thing to note is the initial firmware update takes a while to do.. ~ 10-20 min. Another thing that you might want to consider is that the sensors that come with it will wore out. One sensor can get you 3 days worth of use, meaning you dispose it after it doesn't stick anymore (kinda like having contact lens, you use it then throw them away after a few uses). Overall, I do believe it helps me stay asleep when I got it to work after all the adjustments and learning process. Pros: A sleep aide; App based; numeric scale interpretation Cons: price; disposable sensors - meaning you have to PURCHASE more when you ran out.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Increases quality of sleep

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    As most 40 somethings in America I get tired and drowsy during the day while I am at work. I was looking for something to help me increase my quality of sleep at night. I can get to sleep easy enough but wasn't getting that deep sleep I use to have when I was younger. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about this smart sleep headband, but after using it for a month I am convinced that it has helped me get better sleep. I wasn't sure what size to get, but going with the large was a good call for me instead of the medium. I think the medium would be good for a woman. The headband is easily adjustable. You will definitely need to download the SleepMapper app to get all of the information on your sleep patterns. It feels very comfortable on your head but there is a slight nuisance putting on the sensors behind your ears every night. Within 3 to 4 days I felt and could see on the SleepMapper app that I was getting much deeper sleep with the headband. The only reason why I gave this product 4 instead of 5 stars is that I am mainly a side sleeper and the integrated speakers press down on my ears and would sometimes cause me to wake to readjust them. The app is really easy to navigate and gives you very accurate information. The longer you use it, the better information you are able to get from the app. Overall, if you are looking to increase the quality of your sleep then I recommend that you consider looking into getting this Phillips Smart/Deep sleep headband.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Interesting concept, lightweight, but not for me

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    I was interested in the concept as I wanted to see if this really would assist with feeling more rested and energized. The box contained instructions, the headband, charge cable, and sensors. Out of the box the headset requires at least two hours of charging prior to use. After charging, the headset needs to be set up in the philips app. There were some problems connecting the headset to the app using the bluetooth. It failed several times. Deleting the app reinstalling and trying the connection again the headset finally connected. The software update to the headset failed a few times. Make sure that the headset is on and near the phone during the whole process. The third time through the software update finally sent through, leaving the phone right next to the headset and app open not messing with anything else did the trick. The app has quite a few features and tracks data taken from your sleep pattern. The data requires uploading from the headset to the app. It took a little bit for it to go through normally after removing the headset just leaving it on the night stand while getting ready in the morning. It did provide some interesting facts about how many times a night I wake up and how much actual sleep i get and deep sleep as well. It also recorded how long it actually takes for me to fall asleep. The headset itself is pretty lightweight. It doesn't appear that way but the material does not have a whole lot of weight but you do feel it. There is a plug that needs to be attached to the sensor you have around the back of your ear. The sensor left a sticky residue behind my ear that was unpleasant. It eventually stopped leaving a residue. You use the same sensor till it no longer sticks. They do provide a few which was a pleasant surprise. However you do eventually run out and I have not looked into the cost of replacing. I did run into a problem with the plug coming undone from the senor when moving around trying to go to sleep. This is an annoyance not sure if the cable needs to have a little more slack or maybe a more snug attachment. But it would unplug or once it pulled the sensor off and i had to restick it. This is a minor annoyance, but does get you out of getting into the restful state if I have to restick the sensor and replug it. The main issue I had was the sensor in the front of the forehead area. It does mention lightly wetting the front of your forehead if needed, however wearing the headset, I started noticing a dry patch on my forehead that turned into a rash the size of the sensor in the forehead. When placing it back it was the exact size. So it appears that I had a reaction to the sensor on the forehead and discontinued use, due to the reaction. Overall i did not notice any difference in my sleep pattern. I did not feel anymore energy or more restful. It may not be for everyone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Too uncomfortable for me

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    Pro: -App -Build material Con: -Uncomfortable to sleep with -Bulky and prevent you from sleeping on your side or stomach -Need to buy sensors The idea sounds good and I wanted to like this, but it just doesn’t work for me. It’s just way too bulky and uncomfortable for me to sleep through the night. It’s like wearing headphones and a belt around your head. I have yet to sleep more than 5 hours straight for it to record my sleep score. I either can’t fall asleep with it on or I end up waking up during the night and taking it off. The clasps on the back is bulky and push against the back of my head and I have to sleep with my head at an awkward angle. The earpiece pretty much made sleeping on my side impossible and the front of the band sticks out so I can’t sleep on my stomach. The band, which is snug on my head, shifts around during sleep. Speaking of the fit of the band, the recommended size seems off. I read the size measurements and left room to spare, and medium was the recommended size. I have to fully expand the clasps to not have them and earpieces pressing too tight. Setting up with the app was simple enough but it took me a few tries for the band to sync with the app. After each night, the band will automatically sync with the app once it’s connected to the charging cable. You don’t need the app to be running while sleeping. I can’t really comment much about the sleep tracking since I couldn’t sleep long enough to record an accurate score, but it does appear to track how long I slept, when I fell asleep, and my sleep stages accurately. To use it, you have to stick the disposable sensors on the back of your ears (a pack of 30 is included), and slide the band over your ears and attach the wire to the sensor. Power it on and it’ll beep while it detects the sensor. It takes 30 sec to a minute, and once detected, it should be set. The disposable sensors have to replaced every 1-3 days. A pack of 30 cost $30. If you can fall asleep while watching TV while wearing headphones then you might not be bothered by this headband. For me, it’s a pass.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Missed the mark for me

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    I was really excited to test this product out. I’ve been managing my sleep quite well but I always still wake up with very little energy, enter this headband. I tried it out for 2 weeks prior to this review so as I could start to see the results but, that did it happen. Out of the box was great, the unit is nicely made and very easy directions. The app is probably my favorite part it paired with the unit with no problem and it was fun seeing my sleep tracked but I feel there were some discrepancies with the results specifically around the time I get up. The headband feels comfortable at first not too tight but even after these few weeks it’s awkward to wear for me at night Especially the part that rests on your forehead no matter how I adjusted it. There are speakers in the ears used to send vibration noises or waves into your ears throughout the night like white noise to help you sleep which I thought would be the best part because I need white noise to sleep you barely notice the sounds but the earpiece itself in the headband is extremely uncomfortable when sleeping. Imagine sleeping your phone up to your ear every night that’s what it feels like for me. This devil has major potential but the discomfort I felt while wearing it really took away from the unit itself. I really didn’t feel a difference in my sleeping.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    more deep sleep

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    Like many people, I probably don’t get enough sleep day to day. So, I was excited to see that Philips planned on making a device aimed at helping people like me. I recently picked up the SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband and have been using for a little more than a week. Unboxing and set up was very straight forward. In the box, you get the headband, a charger, & sensors to get you started. You will need to download the SleepMapper mobile app for the initial set up and for seeing your sleep data. You’ll likely have to download an update to the headband software as well before your first nights use. Daily use involves having a fully charged headband to start and a sticky sensor that is applied on your head, behind your right ear. There is a wire connected to the headband that snaps onto the sensor. After a quick press of a power button on the front of the headband, the sensors will start trying to read your EEG signal. A series of beeps will indicate that the sensors are connecting, and a final “happy” beep to let you know that the connection is complete and the readings started. I went with the medium sized headband since Philips says it would fit 70% of people. When I tried it on the first time after on boxing, I was a little concerned I got the wrong size. I adjusted the straps as much as I could and I was able to wear it but I was still concerned it was too tight. After the first night sleep, I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the headband was. I’m used to sleeping with an eye pillow, so I’m assuming that familiarity with wearing something on my head during sleep helps. The first thing I noticed after I laid down to go to sleep was the green light on the headband (yellow while charging and trying to find your EEG signal) was really really bright. Thankfully, it turns off in a minute or two. When you wake up in the morning, you have two things to do. The first is obvious, take the sticky sensor off and put it back on the plastic sheet. The second is plug the charger back into the headband. This allows you to sync your sleep data back to the mobile app. Stats that are tracked include a sleep score, time asleep, time awake, how many times you wake up during the night, your sleep routine, time to fall asleep, and sleepboost. There is also a sleep graph, which is pretty interesting to see after each night. First night, my sleep stats tell me that I fell asleep 10 minutes after putting on the headband. The graph shows the various sleep cycles, light sleep, REM sleep, and deep sleep. During deep sleep, that’s when the headband delivers sleepboost. The headband plays a specific tone to improve the quality of your deep sleep. On the graph you get a visual representation of how many times the headband is playing this tone. The first night, it played 856 times, or a total of 14 minutes of my 46 minutes of deep sleep. Over time, the single points of data can be tracked in the mobile app so you can see trends. The app also gives sleep tips if you care to read them. If you are an iOS user, you can also send your sleep data to the health app so it is in the same place as your other health related data. After a couple of nights use, I did notice that having the headband over my ears did result in some discomfort in the mornings. It happened over the weekends, when I tend to get a little more sleep than usual. I may have to adjust the placement of the headband if this continues. I will also say that Philips is accurate in that the sticky sensors will last 1-3 night before replacing. I’ve gotten 2 nights out of each sensor, but on the third night, they just wouldn’t stick. The headband comes with 30 sensors, so you’ll have 2-3 months worth before you need to purchase more. So what’s the verdict? I do actually think the headband helps. In the week + that I’ve been using it, I do feel like I’m waking up less groggy and don’t need the usual cups of coffee to be able to function. Sleep is important, even though I know I don’t get enough day to day. I guess every minute of extra deep sleep does help, even if the total time sleeping is not ideal. The product is expensive but it seems to be helping so the headband is worth it from that perspective. The Mobile app is easy to use, even if you have to plug the headband in to sync data. The headband is much more comfortable than it appears to be at first glance but can cause some ear discomfort in the AM. Overall I’m happy one week in.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Flawed

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    First off, I ordered an extra large and the headband was too small. The size adjustment in the back gives ample room for large melons but there is no adjustment in the front so the speakers that go over your ears were always slightly in front of my ears instead of directly over them. This made it uncomfortable when turned on my side which is how I normally sleep. The sleep tracking app was interesting but beyond that, what good does it really do to know when I was asleep and how many times I woke up in the night, which according to the graph, was a lot. I never heard anything but the app told me the headband delivered a "sleep boost" anywhere from 8 to 30+ times every night which is supposedly a white noise or something with a message saying the boost delivered a corresponding % improvement in sleep quality. It seems a little bogus since it always lists this boost as an improvement even on the nights I slept the worst. I'm a bit of a warm sleeper and occasionally wake up a little damp on my head, neck and shoulders which complicates the use of the SmartSleep since as far as I can tell it is not washable. Another gripe is that location has to be enabled to use the app and connect to the headband. Why in the world is that necessary? Bottom line it's not overly comfortable, effectiveness is questionable, what it actually does while you're sleeping is a bit mysterious and you can't clean it. As stated previously, the sleep graph is kind of cool but I saw no improvement in sleep quality. That plus the rather high cost is a no thanks from me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Philips Consumer Care
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      Hello,

      Thank you for your feedback! It's great to hear what you liked and what can be still improved.

      Hereby some tips and tricks to help you to a better experience.

      First of all the speakers are floating in the headband and therefore can be moved up and down in the headband. It's normal that it takes some days to find a comfortable position for the speakers.

      We are glad to hear that you like the sleep graph and that you get a boost score! Receiving the boost is the first proofpoint that you recceive the tones - which you indeed shouldn't hear. It does take time to actually feel the results even though you are seeing the positive numerical results in the app. We recommend 2 weeks of nightly use to get acclimated to wearing a headband at night, and to realize the full product benefits. After 2 weeks and you still don't perceive a benefit, you might want to try to turn the boost off (in the control part of the app) for a couple of nights and see if you suddenly notice you wake up more refreshed, have more energy during the evening or don't need that extra cup of coffee. As mentioned the feeling comes gradual and is for every person slightly different.

      Regarding cleaning the headband, please feel free to watch the cleaning tutorial lower down on this page in the "From the Manufacturer" section. It's indeed not fully washable, but the forehead sensor definitely is able to submerge in water and a mild soap. The rest of the headband can be wiped off with a (damp) make up remover wipe. So far it's not possible to wash it, because of the electronics inside, but this is definitely a point we would love to improve on in the future.

      Best,
      Philips PhilipsBrand-EN_US

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Helped to get better sleep

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    The Philips SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband helped me to get a better night sleep. It comes in a couple sizes, and I used the large size. Using it was pretty simple. First, I attached one of the sensors from the pack of sensors that comes with the headband behind my ear. Next, I put the headband on and connected it to that sensor. After that, I turned it on and just fall asleep. It works by making tones that you don't really hear because they are sounding when you are asleep and are designed to elongate the deep sleep period of nightly rest. In the morning, I charged it and then viewed my sleep stats on the SleepMapper app on my phone. I found the headband to be comfortable and not particularly noticeable after a few days. I have used it for a little over a week now and I do feel more refreshed when I wake up. The length of my sleep hasn't increased much, but the sleep seems to do me more good. I also feel less sleepy during the day, which is a nice feeling. It did not make any drastic changes to my sleep, but I could understand how it could for other people. I would recommend this item to others; it made a difference for me! If you are thinking about purchasing this item, here are some guidelines from the instructions to see if the product could be right for you: • I am 18 years or older. • I typically fall asleep within 30 minutes of trying to fall asleep. • I typically sleep at least five (5) hours, but less than seven (7) hours a night on work or school nights. • I have not been diagnosed with a sleep disorder (e.g., sleep apnea, insomnia). • I don’t regularly wake up during the night and have trouble falling back asleep (>30 minutes). • I do not regularly use medications or alcohol to help me fall or stay asleep. • I do not have hearing impairment preventing me from hearing 80 decibels. A person’s slow wave amplitude naturally reduces with age. SmartSleep will not be effective if you have low amplitude slow waves which occurs after age 50. SmartSleep is recommended for people age 50 and under.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Improves sleep, but takes some getting used to

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    I was intrigued by this product from the get-go. I sleep around 6 hours per night usually, so being able to improve quality of sleep was a huge factor for me in trying this product. In the beginning of use, it was difficult to use this as it felt uncomfortable on my head. After about five or six days of use, that subsided as I got used to it. Now that I am used to it, it is fairly comfortable. Results: Awesome! I feel more rested in the mornings and do not wake up in the night (I have always slept fairly well, but occasionally had those tough nights). Now, it did take over a week of use to obtain these results, but if you stick with it you will be happy. The app setup and pairing was quite easy on my iOS device, no complaints there. The app is pretty cool and intuitive with a sleep score and details/breakdown of your sleep. One issue I encountered with the app was when downloading a firmware update to the unit - if your phone screen goes black (standby mode), the firmware update stops and it has to be restarted. Hopefully they resolve this in a future firmware update. All in all, a good product. Though it was difficult to get used to initially, I thoroughly enjoy it and believe it has definitely helped my sleep.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    It takes time to get used to.

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    I can't lie, my quality of sleep has improved since using this. HOWEVER, it takes a while to get used to sleeping with this on your head...ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE NOT A BACK SLEEPER. I tent to sleep on my side and stomach and this headband does not feel natural when sleeping in that position. It's not particularly UNcomfortable, but if you're not used to sleeping with something on your head, and who is, your first few nights of sleep will not be normal. However, as I said earlier, even despite the discomfort of the headband, my deep sleep was CLEARLY better than normal. If you meet the target audience for this device, I definitely recommend it. If your age is between 20 - 50, and you sleep between 5-7 hours per night on average this product very well may work for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, couldn't get used to it

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    I was very interested to try this product out as I'm one to get limited amount of hours of sleep at night. I was hoping this would be a great device to improve the quality of that, but ultimately, I just couldn't get used to sleeping with it on. The unboxing and initial setup was fun. Powering on the device really lights up a dark room, so be careful not to turn it on pointed in the direction of any eyeballs. The light does turn off after 60 seconds. The device requires you to place a sticky sensor behind your right ear to help the headband collect an ECG Signal. The sticky sensors held their position well, but did leave behind trace residue that I could feel, even after showering some days. The headband wasn't crazy restrictive, but did feel slightly uncomfortable. The best position I found was laying on your back, but if you can get used to sleeping on a speaker module, you can sleep on your side as well. I felt side sleeping was risking the headband falling off though, and tried to sleep solely on my back. In all of my attempt at amazing deep sleep, I never did achieve "sleep boost" that the device was supposed to help with in the 2 weeks I tried this out. I found a few times waking up out of a dream sleep which is unusual for me, and a few nights ending up ripping the headband off a couple hours into the sleep and being disappointed in the morning that there wasn't enough sleep data collected. I was also surprised that you have to plug the device into a charger to get it to sync the data back to your phone. (Maybe this is a way to make sure the device gets charged for each night?) Overall, I loved the idea and premise behind it, but I just couldn't get used to it. For someone else wanting to take the plunge, I'd definitely give it a try, but make sure you're not a very sensitive, picky sleeper.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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