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Questions about the FitBit, need input.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I have seen some references lately to the FitBit and I am thinking of getting one. When I read the reviews though I am concerned about how well they are made. I want to get one to help with my daily tracking but I am more interested in how it can monitor sleep patterns.

My mom has Alzheimer's and when she gets something in her mind it stays, even if wrong. She says the same thing about her sleep pattern, she goes to bed at 830pm is still awake at midnight and gets up every 2 hours to use bathroom. This has been the same, work for word, for the last year. I am a light sleeper and I hear her get up once a night to use bathroom.

If anyone has a FitBit I would appreciate your opinion on how well they work and hold up. I will base my decision on what I get back from you all. Thanks alot.
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CASSIECAT 4/17/2012 8:57PM

    I don't have a Fit Bit, but I was thinking that if you had an iPhone you could try one of their sleep apps. They give similar, somewhat accurate, sleep information.

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CELIAMINER 4/17/2012 7:28PM

    Mixed review:

I'm on my fourth Fitbit in a year, so that should tell you something. They are easy to lose, since they pop off waistbands easily and have no safety cord, like good pedometers do. So, I lost the first one, the replacement never worked right, and the third one (replaced for free due to #2's issues) fell apart...literally fell apart, exposing the innards. When I posted my issues on the Fitbit Facebook site, the company responded that there was a warranty, which of course I didn't keep up with, and by that time I'd ordered the Ultra, which counts flights of stairs climbed (something I like to do at work). Happy so far with #4, but if your mom has cognitive problems, she may forget to put it on or keep it on without your help. She needs to put it in a wrist band for sleep, and the band is fairly comfortable. I realize much of this is negative, but the positive is that the Fitbit is discreet, it keeps up with steps better than any regular pedometer I've had, and it logs intensity of activity. I take the sleep "efficiency" with a grain of salt, because sometimes I will lie awake but motionless, and that time counts toward sleep. Other than that, it does seem to capture my tossing, turning, and bathroom needs during the night.

Celia

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