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April 27, 2016

Sleep Better with Healbe GoBe

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together – Thomas Dekker, TV actor and musician

Healbe GoBe helps users gain insight into their body health regarding calorie intake, hydration level, heart rate, physical activity, blood pressure and most recently, detailed sleep habits. Through personalized reporting, GoBe allows users to sleep better, exercise more efficiently, and lose weight faster.

When it comes to body health, getting a good night’s sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising. Not getting enough sleep can undermine your health, worsen your mood, and even impact your ability to lose weight.

60% of people who sleep less than 7 hours a night have poor hormone production. This includes hormones that are responsible for metabolic processes, and hormones that produce feelings of fullness or hunger. Therefore, lack of sleep could lead to weight gain.

On the other hand, too much sleep can also be problematic. Sleeping over 10 hours a day has been known to cause diabetes, heart disease, and even obesity. This also could be attributed to a failure in proper hormone production.

Poor quality of sleep (for example, trouble falling asleep or frequent awakenings,) is also unhealthy. Difficulty sleeping is the first sign that your body is unable to relax.


The quality of your life greatly depends on the quality of your sleep. Healbe GoBe is here to help measure and track your sleep for healthier and happier living.

Measuring the Duration & Quality of Sleep

Measuring the duration of your sleep seems like an easy task, however it’s more complicated than it seems. Sleep tests require physicians, cameras, and dozens of sensors attached to your body – it can be difficult to sleep just from the testing circumstances. Those with severe sleep disorders may opt into this kind of testing environment, however if you’re looking to gain insight into your sleep habits to improve your health, invasive testing might not be the best solution.

As a simpler option, there are a number of mobile apps that claim to measure the quality of your sleep. Users are prompted to place their smartphone under their pillow, and are promised an analysis of their night’s rest. However, these apps are not measuring physiological parameters, and instead are monitoring how often your smartphone moves throughout the night.

Invasive or inaccurate, these methods of measurement are impractical for day-to-day use – this is where Healbe GoBe comes in.

How Healbe GoBe Measures Your Sleep

GoBe uses Healbe’s patented FLOW™ Technology to deliver comprehensive insights into your whole body health, including detailed information on your sleep patterns. GoBe has three sensors that gather information about you:

1) Impedance sensor (measures skin and cell resistance)

2) Accelerometer (measures number of steps taken and overall physical activity)

3) Piezo pressure sensor (measures heart rate/pulse)

    Skin contact with the bracelet’s sensor allows for physiological data readings, providing detail on the quality and duration of your sleep. GoBe provides a sleep analysis by measuring your heart rate and motion behavior throughout the night. It’s known that your heart rate changes during sleep, and GoBe’s specially designed algorithms take that into account.

    Something to keep in mind is that Healbe GoBe monitors your quality of sleep between the hours of 9 PM to 12 PM the next day. While this is a normal sleep range for most people, those who work during the night will see that their sleep isn’t being registered. Your body recuperates differently during daytime sleep when compared to nighttime sleep. GoBe recognizes daytime sleep as a “daily recharge,” while nighttime sleep is a chance for your body to fully reload. Our research & development team is working on introducing the monitoring feature of daytime sleeping.

    Which Sleep Parameters are Measured by Healbe GoBe?

    The recipe for a good night’s sleep is a combination of two things: the quality of your night’s rest, and the time of your REM sleep cycle.

    REM and Non–REM Sleep Cycles

    A normal night’s sleep is cyclic; there are 4 to 6 cycles, including two phases—fast (REM, or Rapid Eye Movement), and slow (Non–REM). The duration of the REM cycle is around 10 to 15 minutes, and non–REM lasts around 70 minutes. Your body repairs itself, strengthens the immune system, and gets rest during the non-REM phase.

    During the REM cycle, your brain’s activity changes and your eyes move rapidly under your closed eyelids. To wake up feeling as refreshed as possible, you’ll want to wake up close to the end of a REM phase.

    Every night, Healbe GoBe monitors your body’s parameters to provide a full data report of your sleep phases, as well as the duration of each. Within the app, you’ll see a timescale with your REM and non-REM sleep cycles mapped out. With this information, you can determine if you are waking up at a time that leaves you feeling well-rested.

    You can set your GoBe to wake you up at the ideal point of your REM cycle. First, you need to set a preferred wakeup time, and GoBe will track 30 minutes to the set time. If REM occurs during this 30-minute time period, GoBe will immediately wake you up with soft vibrations. However if REM does not occur during the 30-minute time slot, GoBe will wake you up at the initial set time. For example, if you set your alarm for 7 AM, starting at 6:30 AM GoBe will begin monitoring for a REM state to ensure the freshest wake up experience.

    Sleep Stress Level

    Studies have shown that high levels of stress are detrimental to your quality of sleep. Healbe GoBe measures your stress level during your night’s rest based on your heart rate variations and physical movements.


    Picture 1. Turn On / Off your Smart Alarm (Android App)

    Picture 2. REM phases, periods of anxiety (or involuntary behavior) and awake (Android App)

    Sleep Quality

    Sleep quality is difficult to accurately measure. A commonly used calculation is to compare the amount of time a person spent in bed to the hours they spent sleeping. This method does not reflect accurate data. For example, if you go to bed, fall asleep immediately, and sleep for only 2 hours, your estimated ‘sleep quality’ will still be 100%. Although you were sleeping during the full 2 hours you spent in bed, 2 hours is not sufficient enough to be deemed a ‘good quality’ sleep.

    Healbe GoBe tracks everything for you – the number of times you woke up, heart rate variations, and the actual quality of your sleep. While the recommended average amount of sleep is about 7 to 8 hours, the Healbe GoBe App allows you to set a sleep duration that’s most beneficial to you.

    Picture 3. Set a sleep duration most beneficial to you

    GoBe monitors your sleep quality from the moment you fall asleep until the moment you wake up. Were you woken up repeatedly throughout the night? Were you overexcited before falling asleep? There are many factors that influence the physiological parameters needed for a good night’s rest.

    Picture 4. Sleep data

    Is it hard to get a rating of 100% for your sleep quality? Honestly, yes. But you can have a comfortable night’s sleep with lesser ratings. At a quality level of 76-90%, your body gets enough rest, 61–75% is quite satisfactory, but if you keep sleeping at 46–60% for quite a long period of time that means you’re experiencing a sleep disorder.

    You shouldn’t ignore a low sleep quality percentage, as it could lead to other health concerns. Luckily, a better night’s rest might be easily achieved by making simple changes – using darker drapes, limiting excess physical activity in the evening, or even reducing the use of electronics before sleep.

    Sleep Quality Data Measurements:

    * 0–45%—Bad Sleep

    * 46–60%—Possible Sleep Disorder

    * 61–75%—Satisfactory Sleep Quality

    * 76–90%—Good Sleep

    * 91–100%—A Very Good Sleep

    Another great option that Healbe GoBe offers to help improve your sleep quality is its unique Quality Alarm. All you have to do is to set your preferred sleep quality, and the alarm will wake you up during a REM cycle within this index. This is a great option for weekends or if you’re on vacation, when the time you wake up may not be as important as getting a good night’s sleep.

    Picture 5. Time Alarm (Android App)

    Picture 6. Quality Alarm (Android App)

    Healbe GoBe will also offer personalized recommendations on your ideal sleep duration each night. If you wear GoBe continuously throughout the day, the device will formulate a personalized recommendation based on your stress level, daily activity, and your average sleep duration from the previous 7 days. The new feature will be available in the next app release.

    Picture 7. Recommendations on how to improve your sleep (will be available in the next app release)

    Getting adequate sleep and waking up during a REM phase to feel refreshed are vital components to healthy living. While other fitness apps and devices claim they can track your body health and sleep habits, only Healbe GoBe can track your sleep quality and offer personalized recommendations for better rest, all specific to your body.

    GoBe You!

    Please note that while the Healbe GoBe bracelet is designed to provide you with information about the conditions and trends in the physical state of your body, Healbe GoBe is not meant to be used as a medical device and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; also note that it should not be used as a substitution for expert medical advice. Healbe GoBe measures the basic characteristics of your body using unique technology and algorithms to provide you with accurate data (including consumed and burned calories, step count and distance walked, energy balance, sleep quality, stress level, and heart-rate), but the accuracy of the GoBe's readings depends on the accuracy of the personal data you put in your profile and whether or not you are using the GoBe correctly.

Healbe recommends that you always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health expert with any questions you may have regarding a health condition, diet, or physical fitness program. 

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