LARK Sleep System- Review and GivAway!

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Sleep.  It’s a mom blogger’s nemesis.

There are a limited number of hours in the day when my children are sleeping, and when I can blog uninterrupted.  So when I can’t finish everything I need to before it is time for me to go to bed I borrow time.  Unfortunately, the only place I can borrow time is from my sleep.

Generally, however, I think I go to bed at a reasonable hour (around 11pm). I wake up at about 7:15am every morning.  Not too bad.  I get almost 8 hours of sleep each night.  So then, why is it that on nights that I get enough sleep I still feel fatigued?

Getting the quantity of sleep you need is good, but if the quality of your sleep is poor you’re still going to wake up feeling unrested and grouchy. The LARK sleep system was designed by leading sleep experts and a pro-sports sleep coach.  As your personal sleep coach, lark not only tracks your sleep but also provides you with sleep training based on your personal sleep style.  Using a wrist band monitor and free app (available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) LARK tracks falling asleep, sleep, and wake times.  It is very helpful in letting you know how long it takes you to fall asleep, how many times you wake at night, and the total time you spent sleeping.

Here is a bit more about what LARK can do:

  • Offers a baseline assessment designed by leading sleep experts that helps you uncover what type of sleeper you are
  • Analyzes your sleep patterns
  • Provides tailored sleep tips based on your sleep type and patterns
  • Allows you to “tag” issues and track moods to show you how external factors (i.e. caffeine, stress, TV before bed) impact your sleep/mood
  • Social sharing to share your success and improvement with friends and family via Twitter and Facebook
  • Has a silent alarm that wakes you with gentle vibrations so as not to disturb your partner

Tracking is fairly easy, and, compared to the Zeo, the other sleep monitor I have which you wear on your forehead, is very unobtrusive.  LARK tracks your sleep with an actigraphy microsensor (monitors circadian rhythms and sleep disturbances) worn on your wrist. The way in which LARK tracks your sleep, and the data it gives you, is much more general than the Zeo which measures amount time spent in each of the 4 sleep cycles.  For instance LARK measures wake, falling asleep, and sleep.  With Zeo you’ll see how much time you spend in deep (or restorative) sleep and how much time in REM, how much time you spent awake and how much time in light sleep.  Because deep sleep is the most restorative stage it is important that we get enough of it.  Not getting enough deep sleep is often the result of things we are doing, or not doing, during the day: computer or TV before bed, lack of exercise, too much caffeine, stress.

Here is a screen shot of the way LARK tracks your sleep…

This shows the latter part of my sleep.  You can see that one or the other of my children woke up a little early, and then I, still feeling groggy, went back to sleep only to be wakened several more times before I actually got up.

Because LARK doesn’t measure the actual sleep cycles you’re not going to know if you are lacking in any one area of your sleep.  LARK makes up for this with their personal sleep coaching (available with purchase of LARK PRO). LARK PRO includes a Personal Sleep Coach. The Sleep Coach develops a personalized training program, which includes simple and trackable sleep targets, tailored recommendations, daily phone reminders and improvement reports. You may not be able to see your specific sleep stage time, but you’ll sure feel the difference as you work with your sleep coach on your sleep training program.

Here are some screen shots of my LARK stats (I didn’t have a good sleep week the week that I wore LARK)


Here is the 7 night sleep summary that comes with the standard LARK purchase

Here you can see the Tags you can tag.

These will help you identify any consistent causes of poor sleep quality.

One thing that I really appreciate is that LARK gives a more accurate number of wake times.  Zeo would typically say I woke about 4 times during the night. I wake up several times at night and adjust my pillows and blankets each time I turn over.  During my 7 day sleep study LARK said I typically woke about 12 times each night (apparently that is fairly average).

In summary, if you are looking for a sleep coaching device that will give you an idea of your sleep quality, number of times you wake during the night, and great tips on how to improve your sleep, LARK will probably work for you.  If you’re looking to pinpoint exactly what stage of sleep you’re missing out on you might want to go for the more in depth Zeo.  I’m thinking that, except for those who have serious sleep problems, LARK will work perfectly.  Following the personalized sleep coaching you’re sure to see a quick improvement in your sleep quantity and quality.

You can see more about how it works and purchase LARK at LARK.com.  LARK retails for $99 with LARK PRO available for $159.

You can keep up with the latest from LARK on their facebook and twitter pages.

Now, who’s ready to win one of these babies?!!!

Thanks to LARK one lucky reader will win a LARK sleep coach (RV $99) of their own!



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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product, at no cost to myself, in order to facilitate a review.  All opinions expressed are honest and are entirely my own.  

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Comments

  1. Beth Hill says
    I learned that Lark can provide a tailored sleep tip based on my sleep type and patterns. I would LOVE to win this cause I wake up alot. I feel like I never get a good night sleep and when I wake, I have to get up and use the restroom.
  2. Kristin Sawatzke says
    I Love how detailed the information is that it gives you!
  3. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says
    I would just love to know more about my sleep I never knew something like this was out there vmkids3 at msn dot com
  4. Shaina Szymoniak says
    I learned how it tracks the external factors that can affect your sleep. I would love to win it, because I have an awful hard time sleeping!
  5. Annmarie W. says
    I see that it works with the LARK Up app , which is a free download!
  6. I learned that it can give me personalizd sleep tips based on my sleep patterns. This would be great for me b/c I have become a very light sleeper who wakes much too easily & has a tough time getting back to sleep. Ever since our 2 1/2 yr old on was about 18 mos, he wakes multiple times/night & I am usually the one getting up w/ him.
  7. john mains says
    learneed Designed with sleep experts and available across all iOS platforms, our silent alarm wakes you (and only you) with patent-pending soothing vibrations. LARK wakes you silently and gently- you’ll even snooze less need this to analyze my sleep
  8. learned that LARK measures when you are wake, falling asleep, and sleeping. I would like to win because I think that if I know these things that I would be able to adjust them and get a better night of sleep ronaleeduncan{at}aol{dot}com
  9. I love all the detailed information information it gives you about your sleep patterns! I could use a good night's sleep!
  10. I learned that it can give personalizd sleep tips based on sleep patterns. I would love to win this for my husband who has difficulty sleeping.
  11. I learned that it gives an accurate count of wake times. I would love to win this because with three kids under 4 and one on the way, I know I am way off base on getting the right amount of sleep.
  12. Melissa C. says
    I learned that it has a silent alarm which is a very cool feature. I would love to see how well I'm actually sleeping at night. I have 3 kids and at some point in the night most if not all are in the bed withus. Some nights I notice them more than others.
  13. I learned that it can post to twitter and facebook- rather nifty feature because sometimes if you are trying to change a bad habit being public about ti can help. I have horrid sleeping patterns- I like you bloggers too much and stay up too late!
  14. Carrie Phelps says
    I learned that LARK gives great tips on how to improve your sleep. I'm in the throes of menopause & I swear I wake up a dozen times a night. I would love to be able to stop this from happening night after night!
  15. jessica hays says
    I like how it tracks external factor that may effect your sleep! My hubby doesn't sleep very well so he could use this! Jessicaahays at hotmail.com
  16. I learned...everything. I didn't even know something like this existed. I suffer from insomnia. I think this would help me a lot!
  17. Paul H. Dunlap says
    I'm a stay-at-home Dad with 3 boys 7, 3, and 1. I often wake up feeling like I didn't get enough sleep. Unfortunately, kids wait for no man or woman. I think this would help me track and improve my sleep habits so I can be all I need to be for my boys.
  18. I learned that it gives a count of wake times
  19. DAMIAN JARREAU says
    I like the detailed info it gives you. I want to win so that I can track how my sleeping is
  20. Sue Ellison says
    I learned that it doesn't measure actual sleep cycles, but it would still be beneficial to me as an overall indicator of my sleep.
  21. Rebecca Graham says
    I learned that it has an alarm that will wake me up but not my husband. I would like to win this because I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
  22. Sandy VanHoey says
    My sister is having a very difficult time and her son says she is waking quite often. He hears her snoring but almost something different like she is gasping for air or something. This would be great to see what is going on
  23. christine jessamine says
    i learned this has a provide an action plan tailored to your specific Sleep Type
  24. I learned that this has a provide an action plan tailored to your sleep type. I so need a good nights sleep so maybe this would help figure out how to do that lol kport207 at gmail dot com
  25. I learned there's a free app for it too!
  26. I learned that there is a better way to wake up than by using an alarm clock! I would love to try the LARK sleep system because I often feel that I don't get a good nights sleep, and maybe this could help.
  27. Perfect for couples with conflicting schedules, the hard of hearing, and the groggy morning folk, LARK's silent alarm will transform the morning for both of you. It would be perfect for my husband and I!
  28. Candice Hull says
    It doesn't measure your sleep cycles, but it makes up for it with personal sleep coaching. I would love this because I always wake up exhausted and don't know why. I used to walk and talk in my sleep a lot and am not sure if I'm doing it again. My husband often has to go into the guest room or our kids room because of my snoring. It would be nice to know what's going on Thank you!
  29. Diane Redcay says
    I love the idea that it tells you how long it takes you to fall asleep
  30. who knew there was a lark app!?
  31. I learned that it tracks the number of times you wake during the night and I could use it because sometimes I feel like I didn't sleep at all and I would like to know how much I am awake
  32. Jennifer Irving says
    I'm always exhausted when I wake up, I"d love to learn more about why and what I can do to get more restful sleep.
  33. Sara Wood says
    I learned that it can post to Facebook. I want to win this because it would be interesting to know more about my sleep.
  34. I am amazed at what this little machine can do. This is great to analyze individual sleep problems. My husband is always waking up and can't get back to sleep and has problems. This would be wonderful for him. I have no problems with sleep. I can almost sleep at anytime. Coffee rarely bothers me.
  35. Norleans says
    I learned that it provides you with custom sleep tips. nolagirl727 at yahoo dot com
  36. i'd like to see how caffeeine affects my sleep tcogbill at live dot com
  37. sandra hill says
    This is so cool, never had any idea there was such a gadget
  38. I learned it can give you personalized tips about your tips. I want to win this because it is really neat!
  39. Leann L says
    I learned that you can track how many times you wake during the night with it. I want to win this to help get my sleep back on track. I suffer from bouts of insomnia/exhaustion.
  40. Gale Nelson says
    been trying to to tell my husband for years how many times he wakes in the night and with this maybe he will believe me. lol
  41. Anne PErry says
    I love to know what my sleep type is!!
  42. I love the fact that it lets you tag issues and moods that may affect your sleep. I never thought to keep track of that in regards to your sleep patterns. I have always had problems sleeping and often getting up when I do finally fall asleep. Plus, I never feel rested. This would be a great help. Thank you for the generous giveaway.
  43. I learned that it gives you personalized tips for sleep. I would love to win it, because I have a hard time sleeping!
  44. Debra Sluis says
    This sounds SO super cool! Tells me how many times I woke up during the night! Measures how much REM sleep I get. Will tell me how long I took to fall asleep. OH I HOPE I win this. I would be happy. I have been having insomnia lately- complaining that I can't fall asleep- this would help. AND prove to my hubby just what I am complaining about.
  45. Sheila Foley says
    What a great giveaway. I learned the Lark Analyzes your sleep patterns, and my sleep is somewhat inconsistent so I would love to win this.
  46. sonia guerra says
    Learned the great asset of LARK- it's unobstrusive!!! To me that's the most important thing.
  47. Leanne M says
    I love the detailed infomation you get
  48. Harold D says
    I love that it analyzes my sleep patterns!
  49. I learned that it was women founded! :) I want it becasue it would help me understand how poorly I am sleeping. It would be interesting to see this while caring for a newborn too... my little girl is 4 days old.
  50. Daniel M says
    Analyzes your sleep patterns, wonder why i can't get sleep anymore
  51. I love that it keeps track of how many times a night you wake up!!
  52. sarah rainwater says
    I learned that it will help you identify any consistent causes of poor sleep quality. I want to win for my husband.
  53. it sales for for $99
  54. Miz Vickik says
    I learned that Lark will accurately track how long I sleep and also calculate the times I wake up. I think this would be fascinating and would love to find out how much I really sleep!
  55. Eileen Burke says
    I love that it doesn't get in your way while sleeeping. I wake up every morning exhausted and would love to see if I'm getting real sleep at night
  56. Annette D says
    I like that it tracks your sleep and lets you know how many times you wake up in the night. I need a better night of sleep! My husband snores and wakes me up all the time!
  57. Savannah M says
    Sleep excerpts helped design it :) Would love to win this I have a baby.... and I would love to see just how much sleep I actually get :)
  58. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says
    Both my Honey/Hubby and me have some serious sleep problems and for my husband especially it's been really taking a toll on his well being. The doctor prescribed sleeping pills - but he hates them and frankly they really scare me. This Lark Sleep System sounds very interesting and promising and I think it could really help both of us find a way to come to terms with and overcome our sleeping disorders which have become a serious health/well-being issue we have to confront and conquer.
  59. Rebecca Niehaus says
    I learned that it - Has a silent alarm that wakes you with gentle vibrations so as not to disturb your partner
  60. Rebecca Niehaus says
    OOps forgot to say that I would like to win it because I need all the help I can get! I have a terrible time falling asleep and then staying asleep for the night.
  61. Mark McLemore says
    Gently wakes me while not disturbing my partner.
  62. The LARK wristband is known as wrist pajamas. I would be very interested to see how well I am actually sleeping. I don't feel like I have been sleeping as well as I used too lately.
  63. I learned that it can calculate how many times you wake up per night and external factors interrupting your rest. Amazing!
  64. Courtney Tucker says
    I learned that this is a really neat gadget that keeps track of your sleep activity! This is just the thing I need, not only to see my sleep patterns but to show my mom, I am not always sleeping like she thinks, I just have strange sleeping patterns, and cannot really sleep at night, so prefer day sleeps! Everyone thinks i sleep all of the time, and am tired of hearing it! I only get about 7 hours of sleep, if that! [email protected]
  65. Jeanne B.T. says
    I learned that if you are looking for a sleep coaching device that will give you ideas of your sleep quality, number of times you wake up at night, and tips on how to improve your sleep then you would see that the Lark would work for you. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance. :)
  66. kate turner says
    I like it lets you know your pattern my husband is always tired this would be great for him to maybe figure out a way to get better sleep.
  67. I learned that it will track how many times I wake up which is why I really would love this as I do have problems staying asleep.
  68. I learned that it analyzes my sleep patterns. I want to win because I don't think I am getting the right sleep and want to track it.
  69. morgan d says
    ilearned it analyzes your sleep patterns and you can tag things looks super awesome
  70. Heather W says
    I learned it will give me personalized sleep tips based on my patterns. I'd like to win bc my husband wakes up 3 hours before me!
  71. Kathleen Conner says
    I like that it has an alarm that vibrates on your wrist. That sounds much more pleasant than waking up to a loud alarm.
  72. casey hart says
    it helps you to learn your sleeping habits so you can work on getting a actual good nights sleep
  73. I love that it measures your quality of sleep!
  74. I want one! (and soon!)
  75. Erica C. says
    I'd love to be able to see exactly why I'm super tired and have a little coach to help me with tips to improve my sleep.
  76. Dawn Reid says
    I learned how it tracks the external factors that can affect your sleep. I wake up several times a night. mightynaynay(at)cs.com
  77. christal c says
    I learned that a system(product) like this even existed. I would like to see what is keeping me from getting good sleep
  78. This was women founded!! :) Awesome!!
  79. Learned that LARK tracks your sleep and also provides you with sleep training based on your personal sleep style. I need this because after having kids i'm such a light sleeper and can't really get a good night's rest.
  80. Angela J says
    I'd love to know on those nights when I feel I've been awake most ot the night, just how long I did sleep. That would be great to have this device that gives you so much infomation.
  81. johnny-amy lynn says
    Provides tailored sleep tips based on your sleep type and patterns I NEVER get a good nites sleep and I have been this way for sev yrs now... im just up and down ALL nite long....
  82. John Billiris says
    I learned that it lets you know if you sleep too lightly, and gives you tips.
  83. tina reynolds says
    I get up a lot and never get a good nights rest i spend my day trying not to doze off.
  84. I learned that it can give me personalizd sleep tips and I need one because I always have trouble sleeping.
  85. Monica W says
    I always have trouble sleeping, so information about my sleep habits would be sooooo helpful!