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Change your sleep habits with science

In our hectic modern world, it's easy to fall into bad sleep habits. This can leave you lying awake in the middle of the night or barely dragging yourself out of bed in the morning. Even if you know you need to change your habits, where do you start?

SleepRate answers that question in three steps. First, you buy the SleepRate Sleep Improvement Kit, which features an app and a heart-rate sensor that straps around your chest. The sensor keeps track of your heart rate, movement, snoring and any noises that happen in your room while you sleep. It sends that information to the app, which gives you a "sleep assessment."

The sleep assessment checks to see if you might have any medical condition that needs the attention of a doctor, and generates a personal sleep improvement plan based on your individual sleep patterns.

The sleep improvement plan features small day-by-day changes based on proven data from the Stanford Sleep Clinic. It also licenses Stanford's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, for people who find they can't sleep the entire night.

Compared to most sleep trackers, SleepRate is a reasonable $100, although I know some people who won't like wearing the heart sensor band to bed. If you aren't sure, its site includes a Sleep Evaluation Questionnaire that helps you decide if SleepRate is right for you.

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