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Withings Aura Sleep Tracker

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Withings Aura Sleep Tracker

The Withings Aura promises to track and monitor your sleep in order to help you improve your sleep schedule, rest and health. Unlike many wrist sleep trackers, the Aura monitors your room, your respiratory rate, body movement and heart rate to give you actual accurate sleep data, rather than estimates. At $299.95, it is an investment, but is it worth it?

What is the WIthings Aura Sleep Tracker

The Withings Aura is a multi-part sleep tracker that combines a smart alarm and wake up light into a sleep tracking device that monitors your vital signs, movement and the room. A mattress sensor allows it to keep up with you and how you move without making you wear anything, while sensors built into the bedside device allow it to track and keep up with things that affect your sleep like ambient noise, ambient light an temperature. All of this data syncs to either the HealthMate app or to your computer dashboard, allowing you to quickly and easily analyze your sleep.

Features

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The sleep tracker offers a number of features, including an impressively long list of sensors. These include a motion sensor, heart rate monitor, respiratory monitor, light monitor, thermometer and vibration sensor. With an included built-in sleep and wake light alarm function, you can also let the alarm soothe you to sleep with slowly decreasing light and noise or wake you up with gradually increasing light and noise. The companion iOS app allows you to access and program all of the functions including the alarm, but you can do this directly from the bedside device as well.

Pros

  • Collects a range of data
  • Includes a wake up light
  • Multi-color LED lights available

Cons

  • Expensive
  • There are more accurate sleep trackers available
  • iOS Only
  • Complicated and difficult to set up

Review of the Withings Aura Sleep Tracker

With high sensitivity trackers and sensors available for almost all data related to sleep, the Withings Aura is one of the most accurate sleep trackers on the market. Because it uses hard data based on all of your vital signs rather than guessing when you fall asleep based on motion. The result is that it is one of the best sleep trackers on the market, and one of the only that is capable of tracking REM sleep.

If you want rough ideas of when you fall asleep then something more inexpensive like the Jawbone Up24 will do just fine, but if you want to track actual sleep data for improving your sleep schedule or for medical reasons, then the Aura is a much better option, despite the cost. However, there are more accurate sleep trackers on the market with similar features, although most cost the same or more than the Aura. However, it is one of the best options you can get without connecting and ecg monitor to improve the quality of the data. Because it only works with iOS phones, it is also not a good fit for Android phone owners, which limits it’s usage.