Zeo Mobile Review – How well do you sleep?

The Sleek Headband and charging dock

How well do you sleep? Do you know? Ever wish it was something you could find out so that you could get better sleep? Zeo has the answer with the Zeo Mobile.

I have been using this device with my Android Thunderbolt for about a week and a half now. At first I was a little skeptical about being able to fall asleep while wearing the headband. Now I can honestly say that I am impressed with how comfortable it is and how fast you forget that you are wearing it.

Unboxing and set up:

The packing was simple to open and came well bundled. The included parts are the bluetooth module, a charging dock, the power adapter, the headband, and a simple quick start guide. A nice addition is the fact that they supplied a couple foreign power adapters in case you were to travel abroad (It would be interesting to see results of someone with jet lag). I was very easily able to assemble the headband and bluetooth module and pair it with my phone. I also logged onto the website and created an account to sync with my phone. I put the headband on the dock to let it charge and awaited night time.

Usage:

Once night came, I took the headband off the dock, then turned on the bluetooth radio on my phone. I had to re-pair the headband with my phone when done in this order, though I found on subsequent nights that if I turned on bluetooth first then removed the headband it registered immediately. Once removed from the dock, you will get a notification from the Zeo app that the headband has been removed from the dock. Once you put it on, the app will start tracking your sleep. The first night I woke up to use the bathroom and did not bring my phone with me. When I looked at the report in the morning, I found that the headband had gone out of range of my phone and did not start tracking again for another 20 minutes. My recommendation would be either take your phone with you or remove the headband so it does not lose connectivity when you are out of range. As I noted above, the headband is quite comfortable once adjusted for your head. I had to loosen it quite a bit to be the ideal comfort level, but I am impressed at how well it stayed on my head. I move a lot in my sleep and the headband has never moved or fallen off.

 

Examining your data on your phone:

In the mobile app, you can view your latest night, or a history of your nights. In the history view, it lines them all up by time, which I found to be quite helpful. I was able to see that I go to bed later on Friday and Saturday nights then the rest of the week. I also slept later on those days too. (I have to enjoy my sleep when I can!) This was very easy to see on the app, but not so easy to see online.

 

Examining your data online:

Each morning, I had the app sync with the web site in order to view my data online. When you log in, you are greeted with your past seven ZQ scores (which is basically a rating of how much sleep you got) as well as your 7 day average. You can also look at your ZQ breakdown – which tells you why you got the score you did, your sleep graph in more detail, Trends (when you fill out the sleep journal), and cause and effect (when you fill out the sleep journal). The sleep journal allows you to add things like how much caffeine you had during the day, how anxious you were, how active you were, and several more. You can also rate how well you felt you slept the previous night. Once filled out, you can look at trends to see how certain things are effecting your sleep or look at cause and effect to see different charts that you pick – for example ZQ score vs Sleep Stealers (Caffeine, Alcohol, etc). Overall there is a lot you can do online and a lot you can learn about how to sleep better! They also provide many links under the coaching tab to help you examine your sleep and get better sleep!

 

My experience:

I work a job where I am on call for 24 hours every four days. There were a few nights on call where I had to wake up in order to fix a problem for work and I still managed to get a normal night of sleep. But sometimes, my sleep score was affected by the times I was woken up while on call This made for some interesting trends in my data. On average, I wound up getting about a ZQ score of about 75. I got a minimum of 60 (yes, when on call), and a maximum of 90 on the weekend. When looking at my sleep graphs, I was woken up an average of 5 times a night (if you research sleep most people wake up a few times a night without actually knowing it and falling back asleep almost immediately) with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 11. As you probably guessed, I was on call the night I was woken up 11 times. I have not fully used the journal yet and would love to see how that will correlate to my data. I will post a review update once I have done so!

 

Summary:

The Zeo Mobile is a very cool and minimally impacting device to track your sleep. It does a great job and provides many mechanisms to view your sleep data. If you spend just a couple minutes a day you can learn so much about how you sleep and what you maybe doing in your life that is negatively affecting the amount and effectiveness of your sleep. Gaining this necessary understanding can help you improve your sleep so that you will feel more rested.

 

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Works with both iOS devices and Android devices (Only tested with a HTC Thunderbolt)
  • Sync data online for better statistics and analysis
  • Minimally invasive on your normal life schedule
  • Price is not unreasonable for what it does

 

Cons:

  • When the headband is connected then goes out of range, it can take a while to reconnect which can impact the sleep data recorded
  • The mobile app doesn’t allow you to input journal data

 

t3chniq’s final verdict: If you are not getting the sleep you want and cannot figure out why or just want to improve you overall sleep, this device will help you get there and I would recommend it.