Being the somnonaut that I am, I have always been interested in trying to sleep in a R.E.S.T tank. While I was never convinced that I would emerge from the experience transformed into a short, hairy primitive being as in the 1980 William Hurt movie Altered States, I have always believed that the experience could be transformative.
As a sleep specialist, helping elite athletes deal with sleep and travel is what I do for a living. Trying to minimize the effects of cross-country travel and sleeping away from home can be a monumental task for some players and regardless of the techniques we use to minimize these obstacles, they are nonetheless always present.
To put these devices to the test, I needed a gold-standard evaluation of my sleep quality. To achieve that, I underwent a true sleep study. This combination of brain wave tracings, muscle-tone evaluation and eye-movement analysis, along with a live audio/video of my sleep allowed me to see exactly what was happening during my slumber.