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The problem with trusting AI to diagnose sleep disorders

Excerpted from Venture Beat

A look into the future

Despite potential user error and inaccurate analysis, AI has a bright future in sleep technology. “By learning individual sleep patterns, sleep trackers could potentially utilize AI to better predict sleep/wake states, as well as sleep disturbances such as restless legs syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea,” Durmer says. With the ability to utilize data as a “preclinical” detection device, AI could dramatically improve self-analysis and the detection of those at risk for sleep disorders, he adds.

The potential for connectivity is also limitless. “Not only will sleep trackers help ensure the doors are locked at night and coffee brews in the morning, but they will become more active in the sleep process. Trackers will connect with adjustable bed bases, thermostats, audio devices, and even alarm systems to help control and optimize sleep through environmental control while easing communication and awareness throughout the home,” says Miguel Marrero, director of technology development at REM-Fit.

Read the entire article at Venture Beat.

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How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Holiday health can be a challenge. For most of the year, we have an easier time managing the foods we eat, our exercise schedule, as well as maintaining a routine that offers ample time for rest and recuperation.

During the holidays, however, we’re often visiting relatives, hosting out of town guests, or simply attending a lot of get-togethers. These factors can make it a lot more challenging to maintain fitness. Even a few bad weeks can derail an otherwise healthy lifestyle, and in some cases, it can take well into the new year to get back on track.

Negative Effects of an Unhealthy Holiday

According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, the average person gains about 1 pound over the fall and winter, with the majority of that over the holidays. This might not seem like an alarming figure. But what is concerning is that, according to this study, the weight gain is often not lost over the spring and summer. This leads to “…the (accumulated) increase in body weight that frequently occurs during adulthood.”

A separate study conducted by Cornell University echoed many of these findings. Their study noted an average weight gain of 1.3 pounds which started in October and peaked after Christmas. This study found that for those who did regain their summer fitness, it often took up to five months for the weight to come back off.

The American Heart Association stated, meanwhile, that heart attacks are highest during the holidays. They say that the data is still unclear as to why, but reasons point to “…changes in diet and alcohol consumption during the holidays; stress from family interactions, strained finances, travel and entertaining…”

Healthy Holiday Habits

Regardless of your current level of health, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the holidays. This doesn’t mean skipping sweets altogether, or always having to pass on that second helping of mashed potatoes. It does mean an overall strategy of moderation and taking steps to continue the wholesome practices you’ve upheld throughout the year. The organizations mentioned above, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Diabetes Association offer some common-sense tips to come into the new year in the same shape you left the summer.

Sensible Eating

Naturally, any healthy holiday strategy will start with diet. While most agree it’s ok to enjoy the foods you only get to eat during the holidays (in moderation), it’s vital to strike a balance between enjoyment and nutrition. Tips include:

  • Control portion sizes (using smaller plates is a helpful trick for some)
  • Try healthier versions of favorite holiday foods
  • Keep eating fresh vegetables and fruit
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat a regular breakfast
  • If multiple dishes are offered at a meal, try to choose the healthiest ones and pass on the rest
  • If a high-calorie food is offered and it’s your favorite, take some, but skip another high-calorie food you enjoy less
  • Weigh yourself each day

Regular Physical Activity

Especially when traveling and visiting relatives, maintaining an exercise schedule can be tough. With a little creativity, however, you can find ways to work out, even when your weights and stationary bike are back at home. Ideas can include:

  • Finding a local gym
  • Yoga
  • Using a workout/personal training app
  • Going for walks or runs
  • Playing with nieces and nephews (e.g. soccer, basketball, catch)
  • Renting cross-country skis or snowshoes (if it’s a white Christmas)

Additionally, sophisticated wearables such as REM-Fit’s 200 Series Sleep & Activity Tracker keep you motivated and help you make sure you’re tempering the extra food intake with plenty of movement. It delivers insights into your day with intuitive tracking of “Active Life Points,” plus steps, and estimated distance and calories burned.

Restful Sleep

According to the CDC, sleep loss can “…make it harder to control your blood sugar, and when you’re sleep deprived you’ll tend to eat more and prefer high-fat, high-sugar food.” They recommend working in 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.

Between office holiday parties and family get-togethers, time for sleep often takes a hit. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help ensure adequate rest:

  • Limit or avoid alcohol before bedtime
  • Steer clear of stress-inducing interactions with family members
  • Don’t over commit to holiday obligations, pick and choose
  • Find a relaxing, stress-free bedtime activity (like reading) to help you get to sleep
  • Make appearances at get-togethers and connect with people, but try to leave at a reasonable hour

Sleep tracking is an effective way to keep you informed of the amount and the quality of sleep you’re getting. By analyzing your sleep in the morning, and finding correlations between sleep and your daytime habits, you can make adjustments to your schedule, exercise, and diet to optimize the time you’re in bed.

There are many different sleep tracking products on the market today. The following are some of the most effective:

ZEEQ Smart Pillow – This industry-first product not only analyzes your sleep through REM-Fit’s proprietary smartphone app, it helps to stop snoring through a gentle vibration that stimulates the need to shift positions, streams music, sets an alarm, is smart home compatible, and is breathable so that you can enjoy a cool pillow all night long. It’s an all-in-one device that encompasses everything REM-Fit knows about achieving restful sleep.

REM-Fit Sleep Monitor – Placed between your mattress and your sheets, this sleep tracking device goes far beyond typical sleep trackers. In addition to the motion detection common among most devices, the Sleep Monitor keeps tabs on heart rate and respiratory rate. When you wake up in the morning, simply check your phone for the next level in sleep data, as well as insights that will help you make meaningful adjustments.

As challenging as it may be, it is possible to stay healthy through the holidays. By adopting sensible eating habits, staying physically active, and utilizing REM-Fit sleep technology to optimize your rest, you can come into January fit to tackle the new year.

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REM-Fit Holiday Guest Prep

How to Prep Your Home for the Holidays

If you have holiday guests this season, you need to do more than just wash the sheets. Being a great host means providing comfortable living conditions, so your visitors feel at home. You also want to provide a clean and healthy sleeping environment, while protecting your family from any contaminants your guests may have brought in from the airport, taxi cab, or wherever their travels have taken them.

Prepping Your Home for Holiday Guests

Just like in a hotel room, a visitor hopes for a clean environment, plenty of room to store and organize their belongings, access to media and utilities, and ultimately a comfortable and private place to retreat to. You can provide all of this and more by focusing on the following areas:

Bathroom

In addition to a thorough cleaning, leave out plenty of laundered towels, as well as a place to stash their toiletries. A thoughtful extra step can be to provide a fresh bar of soap, toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream, etc. in the event your guests forgot to pack something.

Kitchen

Your guests may not have the same eating habits as you. For example, you might drink your coffee black while they take cream and sugar, or perhaps drink tea. Find out ahead of time if they have any special food requests and plan a grocery run before they arrive. Also keep snacks on hand so your guests can conveniently grab something if hungry between meals.

Closet

Particularly over the holidays, your guests will likely need closet space and hangers for coats, hats, scarves, boots, etc. Clear out some room in a closet, or provide a coat rack.

Clutter

A disheveled home is unsightly, and not relaxing for your guests. Tidy up by organizing paperwork, storing unnecessary items in the basement, putting shoes in the closet, straightening up the remotes, and looking for other ways to reduce clutter.

Bedroom

Since the guest room will be their “home away from home” for the holidays, you’re going to want to pay extra attention to the bedroom. Helpful amenities can include:

  • A power strip for convenient charging of phones, tablets, and laptop computers
  • A TV, and upgrading your cable package if your guests watch specific channels you don’t have
  • The WiFi login on a piece of paper
  • An uncluttered desk space if there is a desk available in the guest room
    • Provide pens, notebook paper, tape, staples, stamps, etc.
  • Empty drawers in the dresser
  • Plenty of empty hangers in the closet
  • A nighttime reading lamp
  • A bedside alarm clock

Bedding

Updating your bedding will not only provide enhanced comfort for your guests, but also a cleaner and healthier environment for them, and protection for you.

Specifically, old mattresses and pillows have likely lost their support over the years, as the padding is prone to breaking down. In addition, old mattresses and pillows can host dust mites, pollen, mold, plus other allergens and sleep inhibitors.

Worse yet, if a bed bug was to hitch a ride on your guest’s luggage (which can easily happen in hotels and airports), an old mattress or pillow offers the perfect place to hide and lay eggs.

Providing the following sleep essentials ensures restorative, allergen-free rest for them and protection for you.

  • Quality memory foam mattress

Healthy support, plus resistance to allergens and bed bugs

  • Quality memory foam pillows

Proper head and neck alignment, plus resistance to allergens and bed bugs

  • Mattress encasements

Guards mattress from sweat, spills, stains, and locks out allergens, dust mites, and bed bugs

  • Pillow protectors

Guards pillows from sweat, spills, stains, and locks out allergens, dust mites, and bed bugs

  • Tencel™ sheets

Hypoallergenic, inhibits bacteria growth, wicks away moisture, and helps manage temperature

There are many quality bedding products on the market today. The following are some of the most effective:

Sleep 200 8-Inch Cooling Memory Foam Mattress – As it adapts to the shape of your body, it provides customized support, while keeping you cool. The two layers of quality memory foam are naturally resistant to bed bugs and allergens, helping you to maintain a clean and discomfort-free sleep environment.

Energize Collection – 300S Series Sheet Sets – Featuring a soft silk-like feel, these Tercel sheets keep you cool, manage moisture, resist bacteria, and are non-allergy inducing.

Rest Collection – 300 Series Adjustable Pillow – Customizable to provide optimal head and neck alignment. Manages moisture and temperature, resistant to allergens and bed bugs, and breathable.

Energize Collection – 400K Series Bedding Protection Kit – A 360 degree solution to protect your mattress and pillow from bed bugs, dust mites, allergens, mold, sweat, spills, stains, and more. Preserves the peak performance of your mattress and pillow and makes them last longer, too.

The holidays offer an opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones. If you are having visitors this holiday season, taking steps to provide a comfortable environment will help ensure they have an enjoyable stay.

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REM-Fit 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

REM-Fit breathes new life into this year’s holiday season by delivering the gift that truly keeps on giving: a good night’s sleep.Whether a mattress or accessories designed to complement the mattresses and pillows that your loved ones already own, REM-Fit products harness cutting edge technology to ensure rejuvenating slumber. Through innovative fabrics, padding and even electronics, REM-Fit products minimize a wide variety of common sleep inhibitors and act as a unique addition to holiday gift guides.68% of Americans struggle with sleep at least once a week, according to Consumer Reports. Sleep enhancing products are an essential holiday gift. Peruse our gift guide below and give the gift of a better night’s sleep this year.
ZEEQ Smart Pillow
($199 Holiday Price)
Analyzes sleep, corrects snoring, plays music, and more

 

Sleep 500 12-Inch Hybrid Memory Foam and Pocket Coil Cooling Mattress
($749.99 – $1299.99)
Features the full array of REM-Fit comfort, support, antibacterial, allergen and insect-inhibiting technologies 

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Sleep 400 2-Inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper
($149)
Enhances comfort and provides healthy support

Click to learn more

Energize Collection – 400 Series Pillow Covers
($89.99)Manages moisture and temperature while mitigating allergens, bacteria, and dust mites

Click to learn more

Energize Collection – 400 Series Mattress Protectors
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$114.99) Manages moisture and temperature while mitigating allergens, bacteria and dust mites
Energize Collection – 400K Series Bedding Protection Kit
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$249.95)A full-bed solution that manages moisture and temperature while mitigating allergens, bacteria, dust mites and bed bugs
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Review: ZEEQ Smart Anti-snore Pillow

Last summer, the family was done with my chin. At the CES in Las Vegas there were several startups with anti snoring solutions. From caps to braces and even a complete ‘connected’ bed. Zeeq seemed the most acceptable solution; a pillow that’s vibrant when you snore. One month ago we received the first copy to test. The results are surprising!

Read the full review at Gadget Gear.

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10 Good Habits for the Heart

10 good habits for the heart

By Maureen Diament
Published on 
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CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR WOMEN. ARE YOU GIVEN 10 HABITS TO ADOPT TO AVOID THEM?

In addition to the annual visit to the gynecologist, the ophthalmologist and the dentist, we have every interest in scheduling in our agenda a meeting at the cardio (or failing that the GP). Women’s infarction is now three times more common than 15 years ago and its victims are younger and younger. On average between 40 and 50 years 1 ! To escape, no choice: we will have to crush our last cigarette for good and put on our sneakers more often. The good news is that there are also simple (or really cool) actions to put in place to take care of our cardiovascular system.

Reflex 1: Sleep between 7 and 8h per night for a heart-shaped

Looking for a good excuse to scratch some precious minutes of sleep?We have one! Sleeping less than 7 hours a night increases the risk of a vascular problem . On the other hand, one does not drag too much under the quilt because to spend more than 9h in the arms of Morphée is more deleterious for the heart than to make nights too short 2 . The quality of sleep also matters. Too long sleep or frequent micro-arousal affects our arteries even though scientists still have trouble understanding why and how. Fortunately, we can count on new connected objects to end nightmare nights. Some examples ? The ultra thin Alta HR bracelet (www.fitbit.com) decrypts the quality of our sleep minute by minute (almost like in specialized centers) to finally understand why we are slammed upon waking. The Zeeq pillow (Rem-fit.com) detects our snoring and vibrates gently to force us to change position. As for the Dreem helmet (dreem.com), it prolongs our deep sleep phases (those during which we really recover) by sending imperceptible sounds directly to the brain.

Reflex 2: Cover well to protect it

In winter, when the temperature drops by 1 ° C, the risk of myocardial infarction increases by 2% 3 . To cope with the cold, the heart beats faster , its oxygen consumption increases and the vessels contract, promoting the coagulation of blood. An additional risk for those who already have hypertension, heart failure or who have a history of cardio.One protects oneself by keeping one’s ends warm (gloves, socks, cap, ..) in order to avoid the vasoconstriction and by making moderate physical efforts, especially during the peaks of pollution.

Reflex 3: Savor dark chocolate

Rich in magnesium , it helps to cope with stress. But if the big consumers of dark chocolate with 70% cocoa (or more) have less heart problems and stroke, it is mainly thanks to polyphenols . These powerful antioxidants have a vasodilating action. They “widen” veins and arteries, which facilitates blood circulation and lowers blood pressure. In parallel, they limit the inflammation related to the deposition of fat in the arteries at the origin of clots or infarcts 4 . You will take again a small square?

Reflex 4: Adopt a dog (and take it out)

Each year, the American Heart Association experts publish a platform to extol the merits of a heart – protecting gesture . This year, they did not choose to discuss the benefits of spinach or running but on the health of dog owners. The best friend of man lowers our risk of obesity and hypertension, and helps to better withstand stress . Benefits rather related to daily walks than the animal itself. The proof: those who use a dog-sitter to get out their dog are bigger than those who have no pets at all. Review of the races: before adopting, we make sure that we do it for the well-being of the animal before ours otherwise failure is guaranteed.

Reflex 5: Mindfulness Meditation

Anti-depressed, anti-pain, anti-fatigue … we no longer count the virtues of meditation . Now studies are interested in the changes it brings within the body and cells. Recent research has shown that regular practice improves oxygenation of the brain and arteries, and that mindfulness (a form of meditation based on attention in the present moment) has a lower blood pressure. slower heart rate, signs of good cardiovascular health 5 . To start, we try classes (association-mindfulness.org) or we use an app (Small bamboo, Zenfie, Namatata, …)

Reflex 6: Laugh every day …

… keeps infarction away forever! Scientists have found that those who laugh willingly are three times less likely to suffer a heart attackthan those who are grouchy. Perhaps because stress damages the endothelium, the inner layer of the blood vessels and creates inflammation that can lead to heart attack. So we take every opportunity to relax, to see life on the right side and we do not hesitate to regularly replay our favorite comedies.

Reflex 7: Exposing yourself to the sun

If doing pancake on the beach during the summer accentuates the risk of skin cancer , in small doses, the sun does the greatest good to our body . Under the effect of its light, micro amounts of carbon monoxide pass from the skin to the bloodstream and increase the dilation of the blood vessels. Blood pressure drops, and the risk of heart problems also 6. Researchers are now trying to find out what changes in our diet could have the same effects on our body. Case to follow …

Reflex 8: Volunteering

This is the typical example of a win-win deal: by helping those in need, we take care of our heart. Teenagers who do 1 hour of volunteer work a week for 2 and a half months have lower cholesterol, a lower body mass index, their body is less inflamed and, as a bonus, their self-esteem is better. For the very young (50 years old and over), giving 200 hours of their time each year (about 4 hours a week) removes the risk of hypertension by about 40% 7 . Still skeptical? Volunteering is also known to fend off depression and increase longevity .

Reflex 9: Boss but not too much

The saying “work is health” is actually only half true . A gigantic study of more than 600,000 people confirmed that job convicts were not the most fit. The risk of stroke increases by 10% when you regularly go between 41 and 48 hours per week in the office (versus the usual 35 to 40 hours). It jumps by 27% when one tritters between 49 and 54h and explodes of 33% when one works more than 55h 8 . Prolonged exposure to stress leads to hormonal, metabolic and immune disturbances that can become cardiovascular risk factors. However, there is one point to clarify: do those who practice a profession they love and work without counting also put their heart in danger? Mystery.

Reflex 10: Getting married

OK, we do not pass the ring finger only because we are worried about his heart. Nevertheless, it deserves reflection. Especially when you know that there are roughly 60% more heart attacks among singles and divorced.Men and women alike. Not to mention the survival rate 28 days after the accident, lower among those who did not pass the mayor 9 . That said, it is better to be alone than poorly accompanied. Women who are not happily married are more likely to suffer from heart disease than singles!

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ZEEQ Smart Pillow – Launches in Best Buy Canada

Excerpted from Novo

Just over a year after bringing ZEEQ Smart Pillow to life through a successful Kickstarter campaign, the REM-Fit team announces that ZEEQ is now available for preorder on bestbuy.ca. The smart pillow will also be available in 35 Best Buy Canada stores for Christmas.

The “World’s 1st Smart Pillow, the ZEEQ Smart Pillow combines personal audio sound, sleep tracking and snoring solution technology for the most soothing, restful night of sleep possible. Featuring adjustable foam fill and a high-quality pillow cover made with moisture-wicking Tencel botanic fiber, this memory foam pillow combines sleep technology with luxurious comfort.

ZEEQ was developed by an in-house product development team and launched on Kickstarter in July 2016. The project was funded in just 16 hours, and reached 800% of its initial goal by the end of the campaign. After delivering on the campaign by Christmas of 2016, the team brought ZEEQ to CES, where the smart pillow earned a CES Innovation honor and garnered national attention, including an appearance on CNET Live.

The ZEEQ Smart Pillow is available for pre-sale purchase at bestbuy.ca and will be available in 35 Best Buy Canada locations in major cities across New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, in time for Christmas. To learn more, and to take advantage of special preorder pricing, visit www.bestbuy.ca

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Emily Reviews – REM-Fit Sleep ~ A Mattress Review

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I received a Sleep 500 12-inch Hybrid Memory Foam and Pocket Coil Cooling Mattress for review. The main specifications that caught my eye was the 5 layers of memory foam as I knew that would cushion my achey pressure points. I ended up finding so many more awesome qualities to this mattress the more I slept on it! The mattress features Nordic Chill fabric that disperses heat throughout the night, this was so important to me as I am always hot in the night and prefer a rather chilly sleep atmosphere most especially when I am pregnant. Now the mattress claims ample back support and boy does it ever, I can feel my lower back resting on the mattress while my bottom is pressed down into the mattress.

The material on the top of the mattress is incredibly soft and plush where the old mattresses we used to have had a tough un-stretching plastic type of fiber.

Rem FIT SLEEP

 

Read the full review at Emily Reviews.

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GIFT GUIDE TO BETTER SLEEP

Excerpted from Get Green Be Well.

ZEEQ BY REM-FIT SMART PILLOW

When we heard what the ZEEQ by REM-Fit Smart Pillow did to promote better sleep, we were kind of skeptical. Yet after using it, we’ll agree that this pillow is kind of amazing! It’s my husband’s new favorite pillow, and my sister really wants one now, too.

With embedded technology that plays music or other audio through speakers inside the pillow, you can easily drift off to sleep without disturbing your partner. Set the timer so that the music from your phone turns off at a set time. You can also schedule a wake-up alarm that can only be heard through your pillow. So you won’t wake up your partner. That’s pretty cool.

Also super cool about this smart pillow is that it can help you track sleep problems. That’s right, you can actually get a sleep analysis and real data about how often you toss and turn so that you know what’s going on in your sleep. A gyroscope located deep inside the pillow (you won’t feel it) can actually tell you the next morning how often you tossed and turned.

For snorers, the pillow can be programmed to automatically start vibrating when you’re snoring over a certain decibel level. Which is a brilliant solution for when you’re snoring keeps your partner up at night.

My husband (who is notorious for going through pillows like crazy because he hates them all) loves this pillow. He raves about how soft yet firm it is. That’s a win! So definitely a great review for ZEEQ REM-Fit pillow with at-home sleep analysis.

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