New toy: UP band by Jawbone

Marketing is odd, is it not? You have a band that you wear on your wrist and it helps you monitor your sleep – of course you are going to call that band “UP”. Methinks that whoever was working on the project was playing a frustrating game of scrabble with his or her family, and with the remaining two plastic tiles, named the product.

Name aside, I do like my UP band.

jawbone-up-duoIt records how much deep sleep I get a night, how many hours and the best part – it has a smart alarm that gently wakes me up at the optimum time leading up to my normal alarms. (For example, if I want to get up at 6am, it may wake me at 5:45am if I have in light sleep). The smart alarms seemed cool but I had to experience ignoring the alarm before I truly appreciated them. It woke me about 20 minutes before I was due to get up. I felt really good. So what did I do? Hit a snooze on my regular alarm clock. Twenty minutes later it woke me… and I felt far more sleepy than I had when the UP band first woke me up. Lesson learnt. Smart alarms really are smart.

The Power Nap alarm works in a similar fashion and I must confess to being a fan of the nana nap on a Sunday afternoon so it too will get some use!

I have also discovered that what your mother always told you was a lie – you don’t need 8 hours sleep a night. Pick 7.5 or Pick 9. Don’t pick 8. This is because the typical light/sleep cycle is about 90 minutes long, so sleeping in a multiple of 90 is a good thing. Initially I was aiming for 8 hours sleep. Now I’ve changed to either 7.5 or 9 and my sleep patterns recorded in UP look much better and I actually felt better too.

Andrew tells me that this is all my inner data geek just coming out.

I have bought myself 2 others ‘gifts’. (Can you call them gifts when they are to yourself?).

Alice laptop bag featuring Arthur Rackham Alice Illustration

Alice laptop bag featuring Arthur Rackham Alice Illustration

The first is an Alice in Wonderland laptop bag. I saw one on Etsy a while ago but I couldn’t justify it. But last week, it was on special. SOLD!

I would have preferred the one I first saw that had the black trim but I don’t mind the taupe. I hope when it does arrive that it isn’t disappointing.

The last gift, was a direct response to Andrew’s plea for me to be less ‘beige’. (Billy Connolly’s ultimate insult word).

I must clarify here. He says I am not beige, I am not dull, I just sometimes dress too beige and he’d like to see more colour! Specifically, a brighter lipstick. So, acquire a brighter lipstick I did. I was sceptical. I thought it was a bit too red. Andrew was right, I can get away with red. I hate it when he’s right.

China Red


Posted on August 3, 2013, in Alice in Wonderland, Life, Waffle and Nonsense and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. You can buy gifts for yourself no problems, and they are usually better than the ones others buy you!

  2. Good for you on the red lippy!

  3. I gave my blog a splash of colour too. Beige indeed!

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