One thing led to another and then there I was with an Apple Watch on my wrist — 38mm of Space Grey Aluminium with a black Sport Band. That’s an Apple photo, by the way.
When the Watch was introduced I was clear it wouldn’t be for me. My wrist had been free and unshackled for years, probably at least a decade, maybe more. I didn’t want to lock it up again. Yet here I am, wearing this thing almost 24 hours a day.
Apart from the facts that I’m an Apple fan and a gadget lover, the driving factor was sleep. Or not enough sleep. Or not good enough sleep.
I seem to permanently feel short of good sleep. I daydream blissfully of those long gone days in my twenties, sleeping till midday, on the days my job didn’t roust me out of bed early. These days a long sleep is 8 hours. A good sleep means I didn’t have to get up in the night to use the bathroom. An amazing sleep is both of those and I feel refreshed.
So recently I thought
What about a sleep monitor?.
A quick search on the web brought various expensive options, such as the sleep monitor you could hire for hundreds of dollars and send back after a night or two.
I was offered the loan of a Fitbit, but thought I’d rather buy my own, then I could track exercise too. I checked the website and decided which one was right for me.
But since I was on the web anyway, a look at the Apple Watch wouldn’t hurt.
So then I searched for
best sleep monitor app, and of course there was a review. But no, a Fitbit it would be.
Until I was in the shop. I didn’t like the Fitbit much in the flesh, and the Apple Watches were just across the aisle…
And an Apple Watch can do more, use apps, and looks a whole lot better.
I’ve had it a week or two now and I love it! It charges quickly so when I’m in bed before I get up or before I go to sleep I charge it for a bit. The rest of the time I’m wearing it.
At night I tell it when I’m going to sleep and in the morning I tell it when I’ve woken up. It analyses my sleep and tells me how soundly I slept and when my best sleep was.
The other night I managed nearly 8 hours of sleep and was restless only 3% of the time. The partner app on my iPhone gives more detail and has made it clear over the last week or so that I sleep best between around 11 pm and 3 am and dream a lot in the early morning.
I’m enjoying being able to see the time without hauling out my iPhone. Ditto for checking who sent that email or text message I just heard ding. I like that it taps my wrist to tell me to stand up every hour and rewards me for the exercise I’m doing. I can see weather info at a glance and I love checking my heart rate.
Oh, and I can also use it to take photos with my iPhone making it actually possible to get this shot of my elderly cat Olive on my lap (note the towel to protect from scratches, catches and dribble). The iPhone was propped up against my laptop and I was able to trigger a timed capture from my watch.
Note: if you have an Apple Watch and want to take a screenshot, like the ones in this post, hold down the long button on the side for a moment and quickly press and release the digital crown.