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Those of us who wake up at weird times in the middle of the night will understand what an “insomnia watch” is. It’s that timepiece you look at to try to figure out if it’s worth trying to go back to sleep or whether you might as well just forget about it.

Mine was a Fitbit Sense. It (theoretically) had all kinds of bells and whistles and apps and capabilities but the primary thing for me was that it had different clock face displays. The Sense basically has a screen you can customize and my display had large white numbers that I could read half asleep, in the dark, without my glasses. When I woke up at 1:30 am or 5:30 am, I could see what time it was and decide whether to try sleeping again. (I say “try” because it often didn’t work anyway …)

I really tried to like that device, but I honestly hated it almost from the first. It depended on a Bluetooth connection to my phone for a lot of functions and it simply could not stay connected. I’d have to restart it nearly every day just to get it to sync and, because I keep my phone on “silent”, I was missing calls and texts because I wasn’t getting alerts on my Fitbit. I’d just about decided to give up completely when the battery started depleting. I’d go to bed with 100% charge and I’d wake up with a 19% charge when previously it would stay charged for a couple of days straight.

The Fitbit is less than a year old, so it’s still under warranty. After spending some time (more time than I’d have liked) on the phone with the customer service rep, Fitbit agreed to a return/replacement of the device. The problem is, it is going to take a couple of weeks — a week for them to get it and another week to send back the new one. In the meantime, I have no tracking of heart rate, sleep, steps, etc. Plus, it’s my primary watch. (Unlike many people I know, I can’t get used to using my phone as a watch.) But the main thing is, I have no confidence that the new Fitbit is going to work any better than the old one did.

In the meantime, when I wake up at night, I fumble around until I find my phone (and my glasses), to see what time it is. After all that, I’m awake whether I want to be or not. (Thus defeating the whole purpose of an insomnia watch to begin with.)

So I did the only sensible thing: I bought myself an early birthday present. I’m investing in an Apple watch which will be here in a day or so. I considered the Apple version when I got the Sense and decided that it was more than I wanted to spend. Plus I was replacing an earlier version of the Fitbit that I really liked, so it seemed logical to stay with the brand. It turned out that I wasted $$$ on the Sense that wound up aggravating me on a daily basis.

I had a lot of fun going through all the Apple watch models and options and colors, but I’m a basic black kind of girl so I went pretty tailored. I can always swap out the band or put some color onto the display if I get bored. It cost more than I’d like (but what doesn’t these days), but I have a lot more confidence in the performance of this device than the old one. Not sure what I’ll do with the old Sense when it comes back from warranty but I’ll figure that out.

I hope that if you’re losing sleep, it’s for a good cause. Thanks for checking in.