There has been a lot of vibe about wearable trackers that measure your sleep stages and cycles. And, these sleep trackers are relatively affordable for ordinary folks like us to purchase online or at a retail store. There also are some non-wearable sleep monitors for use on across the mattress in the bedroom.
The question is how reliable are these sleep trackers, particularly when compared to more sophisticated medical devices used by sleep disorder professionals conducting research or for use by patients. At sleep clinics, subjects undergo a sleep study known as a polysomnography (PSG). This is a test to diagnose sleep disorders. A PSG records your brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, together with your heart rate and breathing. Your eye and legs movements are also recorded during this study. This data is then used by the sleep specialist to assess the quality of your sleep and diagnose any sleep disorders.
Now, compare this with what wearable and non-wearable sleep trackers can do. These trackers are equipped with accelerometers, a measuring device that records movement. This process of tracking movement is known as actigraphy. The amount of movement corresponds with how long you are awake and asleep. A shortcoming with actigraphy is that the accelerometer can mistake being awake and motionless with sleeping. Thus, the estimation of actual sleep could be inaccurate.
Anyone who has participated in a sleep study will know that PSG is expensive, inconvenient, and invasive having to be wired up and trying to sleep in a clinic or laboratory setting during a limited number of days. On the other hand, an actigraphy is relatively low cost, can be used at home over the long term in a natural sleeping environment. But the question is whether actigraphy that captures body movements over time is as reliable and valid to measure the quality of sleep as PSG, which has long been considered the “gold standard.” The good news is that published reports have found that actigraphy measuring sleep cycles and scoring the quality of sleep are relatively consistent with PSG scores in sleep studies where insomnia is not accompanied by disturbed sleep or psychiatric disease. Hence, the sleep trackers available for purchase by consumers do have the potential to accurately measure sleep.
At Sammi Sleeping Systems LLC, we are in the sleep technology business and have developed a therapeutic pillow to support the neck and cervical spine and allow air circulation around the head. It is filled with buckwheat hulls, a filling that has been used for sleeping pillows by Chinese, Japanese and other Asian people for centuries. We married this filling with an innovative pillow system and aromatherapy to ease anxiety, stress, tension and insomnia. The end result is that our therapeutic pillows should be able to promote good sleep and more of it.
We would love to partner with companies like Fitbit, which makes wearable sleep activity trackers for the wrist or companies that make non-wearable bedroom sleep monitoring devices such as S+ by Resmed, Beddit Smart Sleep Monitor, or Withings Aura Smart Sleep System, to compare our Sammi Therapeutic Pillow with other makes of sleeping pillows to see if ours compares favourably to theirs.
We are proud for our Sammi Therapeutic Pillows to have been featured as one of the sleep products in American Ways’ Sleep Section. American Ways is American Airlines’ official on-board magazine and the special Sleep Section appeared in its June 2018 issue.
The Sleep Doctor™, Michael J. Breus, PhD @ thesleepdoctor.com, was the featured sleep expert being interviewed. When asked, “Dr. Breus, does spinal alignment really matter?,” he answered, “YES. When your spine is aligned, the muscles attached to it will relax and allow themselves to repair.”
This is exactly what our Sammi Therapeutic Pillows are designed to do, which is to promote the natural curvature of the cervical spine, whether side sleeping or back sleeping. Our Pillows do this by providing the correct support for your neck. They are the only pillows with an internal structure of walls and compartments that are filled with buckwheat hulls that can be adjusted in height and comfort to match your individual anatomy. As a result, your neck muscles relax while resting your neck, head and shoulders on our Pillows.
Asked, “If my spine is aligned, will I sleep any better?” Dr. Breus responded, “YES, and here is why: When your spine is misaligned, it causes pain over time. Pain disrupts sleep. A better-aligned spine should lead to higher quality sleep.”
We agree. That is why we call our Gen 2 Prestige model the Sammi Deep Sleep Pillow! Our Pillows are filled with premium, 100% organic buckwheat hulls grown in the USA. They are hypoallergenic, naturally ventilating and antimicrobial and provide a 3-D structure that interlock together to hold the position inside the multiple compartments of the primary pillow to provide the cervical spine alignment needed for sleep without strained muscles that sooner than later cause pain.
When asked, “Does my sleep position really matter for choosing a mattress?”, Dr. Breus said, “YES” and added that the best position for sleeping is on the side. He said, “The spinal column is allowed to rest in its natural way (assuming the correct pillow is being used)....” He also said that “The big advantage to back sleeping is that your weight is distributed over a large surface resulting in better pressure distribution.”
TO READ the full interview (page 87-88) of Dr. Breus and see our Sammi Sleeping Systems, chosen as #1 in Beauty & Rest: The ultimate guide to a good night’s rest: “Sammi® Therapeutic Pillow, Anti-snoring, reduces neck pain, cools head, decreases wake-time, increases deep, restful sleep.”
The Sammi Pillows team is on a mission to develop therapeutic pillows that will naturally heal your body and mind by enhancing the quality of your sleep. We are in the developmental stage for a number of new models and need your input to enable us to create the best therapeutic pillow with the most useful functions and features available. We are looking forward to creating not only a pillow made from the highest quality materials but also a smart and intuitive pillow that will surpass all other pillows on the market. Indeed, the digital age of pillow technology has arrived. Our work on smart pillow innovation will re-set the bar on how all other pillows should function.
In the meantime, our Premier and Prestige Model pillows are available for sale. They give support to the neck like no other as they are customizable to adjust the neck, head and shoulders' height and comfort to promote the natural curvature of the cervical spine. This keeps the airway passage open while sleeping. When opened, snoring is reduced or prevented and dangerous obstructive sleep apnea is minimized. Equally important, sleepers have a better chance of gaining more REM or deep sleep to rejuvenate the body and mind.
The founder of Sammi Pillows, Allen Weng, was suffering from many sleep related medical issues. Refusing to give into a bad night of sleep, Allen was determined to find a solution to improve his sleep and in the process better his health. This is a look into the first development of Sammi Pillow and the preliminary design process of our product.
Sammi therapeutic pillows have several individual compartments that are filled with buckwheat hulls. This provides a structure that, when sleeping, supports your neck and aligns your spine to the natural curvature of your body.
The Sammi pillow is actually a sleeping system consisting of...