One of my recent obsessions has become “human instrumentation.” I’ve always been really interested in the data that I generate (sleep, fitness, diet, medical) and in the past six months have started buying every personal measurement product or device I can find that is integrated with the web.
One of my favorites is the Zeo. We looked at investing a while ago and I got to play with one of the alpha prototypes. It was cool but we just didn’t get there on the investment, even though I loved the product and had a great impression of the founding team and what they were up to. We keep a list of “companies we hope we regret not investing in” which means (in English) that we are huge fans and will do whatever we can to help, even though we aren’t investors. Zeo is on that list for me.
But – back to my sleeping skills. Last night I set a new personal ZQ of 137. Here’s my sleep graph from last night.
Light green is REM – I had four REM cycles last night (I usually have one or two) and during the week my score is usually between 50 and 70. The red wake up spikes are bathroom trips (three last night – eek – getting older) and the last one on the far right is when Amy came in to the room at 11am to make sure I was still alive.
I just got a Fitbit and I’m starting to use it also so at some point I’ll do a comparison of the Zeo vs. Fitbit sleep data. In the mean time, I think the Zeo is a great present – definitely consider it for any friends who either (a) love data or (b) have trouble sleeping. I get some kind of affiliate thingy if you clicking on that link above, so if you do buy a Zeo, help me fund my endless toy habit.