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10 Best Wearable Sleep Trackers

According to Sleep Expert and Neuroscientist Dr. Matthew Walker, “Sleep is the greatest legal performance enhancing drug that most people are probably neglecting” and you need 7-9 hours per night, once you start falling below 7 there are significant measurable impairments in brain function. If you get below 6 hours, you reach physical exhaustion 30% faster. Various environmental factors can have a massive impact on sleep, diet, drug and alcohol use, screens, stress, and many other things.

As they say in business, what gets measured gets managed. That’s why investing in a sleep tracking device is probably the best thing you can do for your health, to help you nail down good habits and fine tune your sleep hygiene.

My personal choice is the Oura ring. Take a look at what happens on a sunday after catching up on a weekend of partying and no sleep!

Screenshot from the oura ring app.

Oura Ring

Oura ring is present as the “most accurate, comfortable and beautiful” wearable sleep tracker on the market and this description is definitely not far from the truth. With a design that makes it the most fashionable device that was ever created, this elegant ring will register your body temperature, pulse and body movement intensity in order to compile the most comprehensive insight into your daily habits and, ultimately, help you improve your sleeping pattern.

Motiv Ring

A fitness, sleep and heart tracker that is inconspicuous when worn and easy to use, Motiv is very much alike Oura, the elegant build and multiple functions available being its main strongpoints. By wearing it you’ll be able to find out everything about your body: from how many steps you take within a full day to the number of hours you sleep at night. Motiv is a truly affordable option if you want to invest in an unobtrusive sleep tracking device.

FitBit Charge 3

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FitBit is by far the most popular brand when it comes to fitness bands and their Charge 3 model is also a best seller, making for an excellent sleep monitor and covering all the important details about the user’s activity pattern. This gadget automatically records the time spent being active as well as the duration of the Deep and REM sleep stages and the overall schedule that you’ve been following during a certain day, all of these results being used to put together the best possible personalized guidance for your sleeping habits.

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Garmin Vivosmart 3 might not look like the most elegant activity tracking device on the market but it sure packs in a lot of useful and highly responsive functions that cover the most important aspects of everyday life. Being waterproof you can shower or take a swim without needing to take it off and because of this, the health report will completely reflect your daily life style in a very comprehensive way. Vivosmart 3 is highly comfortable so using it as a sleep tracker each and every night will become a real pleasure.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3

Xiaomi does not only make super affordable and fine quality smartphones, it also dipped its toes into the saturated market of sleep tracking devices, the Mi Band 3 being their most popular model and costing only $50. This gadget is simply ideal for the people who are buying their first activity monitor and aren’t ready to spend hundreds of dollars right from the start, its user friendly interface and low cost being the decisive arguments in its favor.

Polar M430

Polar is not only a fitness tracker than can tell you how many hours you spent training or how many kilometers you have been running, but it is also a perfectly capable sleep analysis device that can deliver quite accurate readings of your day-night cycle. So it pretty much brings you the best of both worlds for all your daily activities. M430 has a simple design and its silicone frame turns it into an immensely comfortable piece of technology that can be successfully worn while you are asleep.

Withings Steel HR Sport

Withings is a sleep monitor that not only tracks and registers all your sleeping phases but it also can be used as an alarm clock, the gentle vibration that it features being a very interesting method of waking up in the morning. This fitness band has a classic look, being simply ideal for the more conservative of users but the top notch characteristics that it features place it amongst the best activity tracking devices on the market.

Sleep Shepherd Blue

Even though they are not as popular as watches, sleeping headbands are said to be extraordinarily accurate and immensely helpful especially for people who are suffering from insomnia. By monitoring the brainwaves, Sleep Shepherd Blue is able to play some specific sounds that help users fall asleep faster and wake up more refreshed, this headband being proven to be much more than just a simple sleep tracker.

FitBit Versa

FitBit Versa is a deeply customizable smartwatch with a long lasting 4-day battery life and a nice assortment of bands that you can choose from. Thanks to its gyroscope and optical heart rate sensor, this fashionable device works perfectly as a sleep tracker, recording with high accuracy each and every heartbeat. FitBit Versa is quite similar to the Charge 3 model, however it is able to offer more both in terms of design and performance.

LETSCOM Fitness Tracker

Costing only $25, Letscom is the absolute best budget option you could ever find, this fitness band also including a sleep monitor that is able to track the duration and consistency of your night’s rest. Keeping you always active and healthy, Letscom will improve your sleeping pattern and will also help you wake up faster and easier thanks to its embedded silent alarm that is less invasive than the classic and annoying ringing that comes from clocks.

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Here’s Everything We Know About The Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Movie

Obi-Wan is finally getting some serious respect, as Lucasfilm and Disney are working on putting out a new Star Wars movie centered around this Jedi Master. By now, that’s probabally not news to you, so we’ve put together a collection of everything that’s known about this upcoming film to date, along with some speculation.

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What We Know About Star Wars: Obi-Wan

The Obi-Wan standalone Star Wars movie was just announced, and people are getting really excited for it, and for good reason.

So far, the director Stephan Daldry is in talks with Disney about taking the helm of this movie. He has directed The Hours, Billy Elliot, and a number of other slightly less recognizable things. He’s also set to direct Wicked, a film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical based on the Wizard of Oz, in 2019. Will they be filming the Obi-Wan Star Wars before that? It’s unclear at the moment, since there isn’t even a script for it yet.

Daldry is Oscar-nominated, so he’s bringing some serious chops to this movie if it ends up moving forward with him. He would be overseeing the development and writing along with some higher-ups at Lucasfilm, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen Daldry (image: wikipedia)

This isn’t the only Star Wars movie in some stage of the development process that strays from the current main series. There’s a Han Solo movie that’s just about done shooting, with Ron Howard directing it.

To take things even further, there are talks of doing another one based on Yoda, and even a Boba Fett standalone film. Disney is using their Marvel-style of doing the group films along with the side-stories that have a stronger emphasis on one main character, and it means they’ve unlocked a whole treasure trove of Star Wars lore to explore in upcoming movies for decades to come.

Ewan McGregor has also supposedly expressed an interest in reprising his role, this time as an older Ben Kenobi, however there isn’t even a script yet so it’s too early to know much of anything.

Here’s some speculation and theories from what we might see in this upcoming Obi-Wan movie:

It’s unknown where this movie will be taking place, and at what time, but it makes sense that it would be somewhere in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. There’s a gap of nearly two decades there during which it’s unclear what he was up to. This theory comes via Den of Geek. They also suggested that it’s possible that Lucasfilm and Disney could do a movie all about a much younger Obi-Wan, or one that takes place during The Clone Wars.

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Most people, we’re guessing, would much rather see a standalone Obi-Wan movie that takes place during Kenobi’s time on Tatooine. If we do hear anything about McGregor being confirmed to star in this movie, then we’ll have a pretty good idea when it will be taking place. However, if he doesn’t have a starring role, it’s still possible that he could appear for a flash-forward-in-time type of scene.

Since there’s basically nothing to go on yet, since the script hasn’t been penned and we can only speculate as to what early ideas are in the heads of the people working on this, or what exactly was pitched at the private closed-doors meetings, it’s hard to say exactly what the plot will revolve around, but it’s also possible to take some guesses just based on knowing the character.

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If the movie ends up taking place on Tatooine, we’ll likely see some familiar bad guys along with some new faces. If Jabba ends up being the antagonist, it’ll be interesting to see how they end up handling things, since Jabba wouldn’t be able to be killed in the movie. Any existing characters that Obi-Wan were to encounter, you’d know that if they appear in a later film, that they ended up surviving their encounters with him, and it could make things kind of strange to watch.

There’s a lot to look forward to, as these solo films with some of our favorite Star Wars characters really open up a ton of doors for interesting movies, not to mention games.

Make sure you let us know what you’re expecting to see from this movie, do you have any ideas of cameos of other characters that might show up? It seems super likely that, at the very least, we’ll see an appearance from Jabba, but beyond that – the rest is really up in the air. As soon as we learn who some of the cast are, or more details are released, we’ll be able to start putting more of  the pieces together, but even then, there are surely going to be some surprises along the way once this movie is finally released.

There isn’t a release date yet, or even a rough window, but we’ll keep you posted.

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People Are Freaking Out Because Pennywise Keeps Showing Up At ‘IT’ Screenings

The remake of Stephen King’s classic clown thriller IT is now in theaters, and a group of people are showing up in theaters dressed up as Pennywise, the killer clown from the popular movie, and it’s basically making everyone else lose their minds. To the credit of these Pennywise cosplayers, at least they’re doing it before the movie (for the most part) and not waiting in the parking lot afterwards because that would be even more terrifying to the people that think this is scary. A lot of people just think it’s funny, too.

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Have you watched the original IT recently? It terrified a whole generation, but in hindsight it doesn’t necessarily hold up – but now the remake is here to scare a whole new generation of horror fans. The thing with really influential movies and games and any art, for that matter, is that when you revisit it, it might not seem as special, because you’ve seen so many things that came afterwards and were strongly influenced by it. A good example of this is the game Bioshock. It was hugely influential, and many games that followed it borrowed bits and pieces from it, so for somebody who went back and played it for the first time more recently, they might not see what all the fuss is about, since they’ve played so many other games that drew from the best parts of what made Bioshock so special. The horror movie genre has come a long way since the 80’s and 90’s, so that’s why the original IT might not hold up as well in terms of being scary, and it’s also probabally why we see a lot of horror movies getting re-made or revisited in different ways. There’s all these classic franchises, and all they need is a fresh coat of paint to make them scary to today’s generation of movie-goers.

If that wasn’t enough, you’ve got these people dressing up as Pennywise and showing up to movie theaters all over. Like this guy, for example, who was the first one in the theater, just sitting there dressed up in his Pennywise clown costume holding the iconic red balloon. Could you imagine walking into the theater and seeing that? Even if you aren’t familiar with the original IT, you’ve probabally seen the red balloon imagery already.

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It’s up for debate whether the original Pennywise, played by Tim Curry, or the new one, played by Bill Skarsgård, is the scarier looking version of the clown. Regardless of which Pennywise is creepier looking, seeing either one sitting alone as you arrive in an empty theater is going to leave you feeling at least a little bit squirmish.

This has been happening all over the place during the initial screenings of the movie. Over the years, IT has built up a big cult following, so it shouldn’t come as any big surprise that people are going to want to get into character before the movie, but it’s still pretty surprising when you lock eyes with Pennywise out of nowhere.

Some of the clowns are just sitting there minding their own business, or walking around, but this next one is just a savage. This clown decided to wait until the movie was halfway done and THEN walked into the theater. Imagine that. You’re watching this movie, you’re terrified, things are right in full swing, and then in walks none other than Pennywise himself. You can bet that at least a few of those movie theater seats had to be hosed down afterwards.

Stephen King’s IT novel, which the original movie was based off of, came out in 1986. The original movie was released in 1990. It played a big role when it comes to people being scared of clowns, and now a whole new generation of kids are going to be scared to shower at the gym or really careful to make sure that their paper boats don’t fall into the sewer.

This isn’t it for the IT franchise, there’s already talks about a second part. The first movie was technically a miniseries, and here’s what the director of the new IT had to say about a follow-up: “We’ll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids.”

It will be interesting to see how far they carry this franchise into the future with further sequels, spin-offs, maybe even crossovers with another horror franchise? Pennywise Vs Leprechaun in Space, anybody? Unlikely, certain horror cliches are better kept in the past.

What would you do if you walked into a theater early to get the best seats, thinking you’d be all alone, and you came face to face with Pennywise in the back row? Would  you be comfortable sitting down with your back turned to him, or would you try to play it cool and act like you forgot to buy some snacks and leave the theater until more people showed up?