Overall App Summary:
MotionX 24/7 is in a crowded field of sleep-related apps. This one has many features, which may confuse the user. Further, none of them are clearly backed by sound medical science. However, the casual user may be interested in the sleep monitoring possibilities (sleep duration, snoring) and the relevant reports generated. The app claims to be within 95% accuracy of professional sleep monitors used in sleep clinics. It claims to optimize your wake up time by analyzing sleep patterns. It also claims to monitor heart rate, weight, daytime activity level. Unfortunately, it gave one of the reviewers credit for an extra hour of sleep while taking a shower. One can manually enter some data into the system, but I have hard time believing the accuracy of the sleep recordings. There was limited unpublished data on 18 patients on the website with questionable research methodology.
App’s Intended Use:
The Motion X 24/7 app is intended to monitor sleep quality and duration. It claims to record apnea, snoring, and other sounds as well as optimize your wake up time by analyzing sleep patterns. It also monitors heart rate, weight, and daytime activity level.
Who’s this app most useful for?
Anyone who wants to monitor their length and quality of sleep.
Given the myriad functions (sleep duration & snoring monitoring, “right time” awakening, etc.), the user can use this app in various ways. The clinical usefulness of any of these features is not clear or proven. At the least, the user can use the app to record sleep duration (manual entry), but the automated metrics of sleep are not clearly accurate: duration of light sleep, deep sleep, and sleep efficiency. Further, an additional feature allows the user to use the app to be awakened from a nap or sleep at the “right time” – the idea being that the user won’t be awoken from deep sleep, but rather a sleep stage in which the user will feel refreshed upon awakening and not groggy. This is also an unproven function.
How should use it?
Place next to bed at night (face down to avoid light) and plugged into the wall (to maintain battery). Be sure to put airplane mode to avoid unwanted emails/texts.
Is the mobile app clinically relevant? Any clinical benefits? How would you use it as a provider?
To measure sleep duration and quality. Can measure resting heart rate when you wake up in the morning.
Is there any published evidence that the app actually works?
No peer reviewed publications. Some limited reports by the company on 18 patients. The clinical relevance and benefits of this app are both unclear. Many of the related claims are probably false or unfounded and should certainly be tested.
Most likely exempt from FDA regulatory clearance based on MMA guidance.
What is the most important/ desirable feature of the app?
Graph of sleep cycle including awake, light and deep sleep cycles.
If there’s a paid version, is it worth the upgrade?
At $0.99, it is one of the lease expensive paid apps on the market.
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