Does the Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine actually work?
The Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine has lots of great functions all in one small, lovely package. It helps you to understand your sleep cycle and wake up feeling fabulous. It monitors the conditions of your bedroom, and by recognizing your movements during the night, Sense is able to give you detailed insights into how you can sleep better.
So what you have is a sleep sound machine that sits on your bedside table and the Sleep Pill that clips onto your pillow and tracks your movements during the night. The Sense with Sleep Pill is definitely an innovative and altogether different sound machine that is actually selling well with customers.
FYI: The Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine is not designed to be used during the day, so if you are a shift worker or you like to take day time naps, the Sense will not work for you (only for your night time sleeps).
The Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine has the following functions:
- Sleep Sounds.
- Sleep Monitor.
- Smart Alarm.
- Advanced sensors.
Features of the Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine
The Sleep Pill is just bigger than a quarter and simply clips onto your pillow and records your movements while you are sleeping. The Sense Sound Machine, sits on your bedside table and uses all of its sensors to track how well or poorly your environment affects your sleep.
Then with the Sense app on your smartphone, you can quickly find the cause of your sleepless nights and find a solution. For example, your room might be too hot, there might be too much humidity, your room might be too light or the quality of the air might be a problem.
You need to connect the Sense Sound Machine to your home WiFi and sync the Sleep Pill with your phone as well.
- Connects to your home WiFi.
- Bluetooth to sync your smartphone, Sound Machine & Sleep Pill.
- Cotton or charcoal colors.
- 11 sleep sounds including white noise, brown noise, rainfall and music.
- Wake up light.
- Timer: 30 minutes to continuous play.
- Volume: low, medium or high.
- Temperature sensor.
- Humidity sensor.
- Ambient light sensor.
- Enhanced microphone (to pick up noises).
- Proximity sensor (to easily snooze alarm).
- Requires iOS 8 or above, or Android 4.4 or above.
- Sense Sleep Machine size: 2.75 inches (diam) x 2.5 inches (high).
- Sleep Pill size: 1.1 inches (diam) x 0.55 inches (high).
- Sleep Sense requires mains power.
- Sleep Pill requires a replaceable 3V lithium coin cell battery.
How to use the Sense sleep sounds
To play the one of the sleep sounds, you need to make sure that the Sense Sound Machine is connected to your WiFi. If it has been disconnected for any length of time, then it may take a while for it to re-sync and for the sleep sounds to once again show in the Sense app.
You will find the list of sleep sounds in the app on your smartphone and all you need to do is to select which one you want, how long you want it to play and the volume (all on the app).
One cute feature is that if you want to stop the Sense playing the sleep sounds at any time, all you have to do is to wave your hand over the Sense and like magic – the music stops! This is called the Proximity sensor and is a quick way to turn off the sounds and the alarm as well.
How to use the smart alarm function
The best way for us to wake in the mornings is naturally, rather than being woken by a loud and very annoying alarm. So instead of a shocking wake up alarm, the Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine offers you a very intelligent alarm system instead.
The Sense Smart Alarm analyzes your sleep cycle to identify when you are in a light or a deep sleep and then wakes you when you are in a light sleep and close to waking. This is because being jolted awake from a deep sleep can really make your head spin, and we all know that it is much more pleasant to be woken from a light sleep than a deep sleep.
All you need to do is to set your alarm for a specific time and the Sense will wake you up in the 30 minutes before your set alarm time. This is because as your alarm time rears its ugly head, we tend to start to wake anyway and so the Sense waits for this time and then sounds the alarm.
Of course, if you are in a deep sleep prior to your set alarm time, it will go off anyway, but it plays a gentle waking tone so you are not shot out of your bed like a canon!
What do all of the different colored lights mean?
The Sense Sound Machine communicates with you using lights, in fact the entire Sense will light up with a particular color, each of which means something different.
- Green: The conditions in your bedroom are good.
- Yellow: Something is wrong in your bedroom and if you check the app on your phone it will tell you which sensor has picked up the problem (temperature, humidity, etc).
- Red: Something is really wrong with the conditions in your bedroom and if you don’t fix them, you will have problems sleeping.
- Purple: Sense is in pairing mode, which you can dismiss by waving your hand over the sound machine.
- Spinning red: Sense is connected to a wireless network, but is not yet fully connected to the internet.
- Spinning white: Your Sense is not connected to a wireless network.
- Spinning yellow: You have used the wrong power cable to plug into the mains power.
Check your sleep timeline on the Sense app
The Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine provides you with everything you need to know about your night’s sleep, right at your fingertips. You can see what the environment in your room was like before you went to bed and during the night, whether anything woke you and at what time, and how often you woke and how well you slept.
You can view data on your night’s sleep minute by minute and put together a complete overview of your sleep cycle. You can easily see if the temperature in your bedroom is causing you to wake frequently, whether the amount of light is a problem or whether it is the neighbors TV that is the real problem.
The Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine even gives you a score out of 100, so you can track whether the changes you make are helping or hindering your quality of sleep. The Sense is actually a learning system, so the more you use it the more it learns, giving you ever more detailed summaries of your sleep cycle.
Customer reviews of the Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine
The vast majority of customers absolutely love Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine, however the one complaint, which is quite relevant is that it doesn’t work for day time sleepers or nap takers.
So if you like to take naps during the day or you are a shift worker and sleep odd hours, then the Sense is not for you.
Hopefully, the manufacturers will fix this problem, because otherwise it is a great sleep machine with lots of functionality.
Very Apple like in its packaging and set-up. Once set-up, just go to bed and check your phone in the morning for sleep insights.
Love my Sense. My wife got it for me for my birthday last year. I have always been two things: 1) a data geek and 2) a terrible sleeper. This allows me to satisfy my craving for data and helps me sleep better.
I really like Sense. The alarms sounds are very musical and gentle. And for the most part it gives an accurate reading of what’s going on while I’m asleep.
I wasn’t really sure how much to expect, but it has definitely helped me wake up more consistently on time and feeling more refreshed.
It’s handy to be able to check the conditions before heading to bed, almost like a weather report for sleep. Definitely recommend.
I love it! Use it for alarm and nightly sound machine, it is very detailed on tracking sleep.
So far, so good. After a week of tracking my sleep I’m really impressed with the amount of information the sleep pill is able to gather.
Summing up the Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine
The Sense with Sleep Pill Sound Machine offers the sleep deprived a way to monitor their sleeping habits and find out exactly what is causing their poor quality sleep.
It is much more than a simple sound machine, because you can monitor your sleeping environment in so many different ways, as well as your movements and even get a score out of 100.
The only negative is that it isn’t configured for day time sleeping, but the designers are apparently working on that issue as we speak. The Sense with Sleep Pill and Smart Alarm is a little pricey, but it looks cute and it wears many different hats!
Sense with Sleep Pill FAQ
Q. Can my partner use the Sense as well?
You can both use the same Sense sound machine, but you need your own Sleep Pill (you can purchase an extra Sleep Pill). You can either add a second Sleep Pill on the app on your phone when you initially set it up or if you have already set up the Sense for yourself, your partner will just need to download the app onto their phone and then sync their Sleep Pill.
Q. Do I need to keep my smartphone next to the Sense?
No. The Sense connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth only during the initial setup, so you don’t have to take your phone to bed with you or even have it turned on.
Q. Can I use the Sense when I sleep during the day on night shift?
No, Currently, the Sense is not configured for day time sleeping, but the designers are hoping to add this functionality soon.