Other ways to use SAMi
Living alone presents additional challenges for those who take medication for conditions that occur during sleep. A SAMi system setup in your own bedroom provides you with time-stamped recordings of your movements during the night. The next morning you can easily review the events that were recorded. You can configure SAMi to record with or without the alarm feature. If the alarm is enabled, it sounds until you silence it, which might be an important factor for determining if any action is needed, such as taking additional medication.
Monitoring your spouse:
SAMi lets you define the border within which it monitors so many couples use our product to alert them to a spouses night-time seizures when the other is a deep sleeper. Or, SAMi can be useful to simply track the progression of sleep disorders through our automatic recording feature (provides a summarized view each morning of motion recordings that took place throughout the night).
SAMi is available with and without a dedicated Wi-Fi router. The SAMi Kit provides you with a completely portable monitoring system. This gives you the freedom to continue to monitor your child from any nearby location, such as an adjacent hotel room. Note that you are limited to a range of roughly 50ft/15m.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS):
SAMi is commonly used by people who wish to track the effectiveness of RLS treatments. You can easily scan through a nights worth of recordings and track changes over time
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD):
SAMi is commonly used by people who wish to track the effectiveness of PLMD treatments. You can easily scan through a nights worth of recordings and track changes over time
Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and other Genetic or Intellectual disabilities:
Since sleep issues are common with Autism and other Genetic and Intellectual disabilities, many SAMi users use us to help with Sleep Interventions.
- Recording all night using a normal camera means you're left scanning through hours of footage.
- SAMi can be configured to record only when motion is present, and will organize + highlight recordings where the most motion occurred. Easily scan through an entire nights worth of recordings in a fraction of the time!
- SAMi's alarm function can be useful for people who wish to be notified when there is movement present that isn't normal sleep motion (e.g. getting up to play in the middle of the night, self stimulation, etc.)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI):
Many people who have brain injuries suffer from sleep disturbances that aren't seizure related. SAMi is commonly used by people who wish to track the effectiveness of treatments or progression of their disorder because you can easily scan through a nights worth of recordings and track changes over time.
Other Sleep Disorders:
SAMi is used to track a variety of sleep disorders ranging from Sleep Apnea, to Sleep Walking, and more. If you're not sure if SAMi will work for you, please don't hesitate to shoot us a message explaining your situation and we'll give you our honest opinion about whether SAMi is appropriate or if we know of a solution that might be better (firstname.lastname@example.org). We actively monitor that inbox and should get back to you in a few hours.
"It's a product that can be used for more than just seizures!"
Thank you for inventing this product! It's a product that can be used for more than just seizures! It's a remarkable monitoring product! We have been able to see his sleeping patterns since we got the SAMi. We have an appointment with a sleep clinic in November and we will surely be taking the videos with us
- Donny in Canada
Invite a friend, family member, neighbor, or caregiver to be notified when potentially dangerous movement takes place so they can check in. If you take rescue medication, turn on SAMi's alarm and record feature for a reliable way to confirm whether an event occured, and take any necessary action.
SAMi automatically records high-definition video of any abnormal movement at night so you (and your care team) have a way to see and hear exactly what’s happening at night.
SAMi recordings are automatically saved to your Apple device, allowing you to begin documenting a recorded history of your behavior over time. Our users can uncover previously unknown patterns and triggers, which in some cases, can make all the difference.
What types of movement can SAMi detect?
If the human eye can detect it, so can SAMi, and there are a variety of sensitivity controls that can be customized to your specific motion behavior. Our proprietary motion sensing algorithm is well suited for most forms of motion.
Rythmic movement, shaking, jerking, stiffening, clapping, bicycling, and more.
Non-continuous, intermitant, irregular, or complex movement:
Spasms, ticks, fluttering, sleep walking, sleep apnea, etc.
Eye fluttering, finger or toe wagging, face grimacing, lip trembling or smacking, etc.
SAMi is frequently used to monitor for:
Tonic-Clonic seizures, Tonic seizures (depends how much movement), Clonic seizures, Hypermotor seizures, Myoclonic seizures, Clustered myoclonic seizures, Complex partial seizures, Atonic Seizures (depends on amount of movement), Focal Impaired Awareness seizures (depends on amount of movement), or other types. The key question is whether there is any amount of movement involved.
What are SAMi's limitations?
While the SAMi monitor works well for many people, here are things to consider:
1) SAMi is only for monitoring during sleep. You need to have a flat surface to place the camera on, or a wall to mount it to.
2) SAMi alarms on motion. The motion can be small and it does not need to be repetitive, but it must continue for a few seconds at least. You can adjust the length of time before the alarm sounds, but if you set it shorter than about 15 seconds you will probably get more false alarms than you would like. (If your child is a very restless sleeper or shares a bed, or if there is a family pet or service dog sleeping with the child, you may get lots of false alarms.)
3) SAMi requires a good quality WiFi network. If you're concerned about this, a SAMi kit may be the right choice (it comes with a preconfigured router that will work regardless of your wifi or cell coverage
4) SAMi requires an apple device to run our iOS application. If you do not own an Apple device, you can purchase a refurbished iPod or iPhone for about $150 online (anything made in the last 5 years should be fine). Or, a SAMi Kit may be the right choice which includes an Apple iPad with the SAMi app downloaded and ready out of the box. If you are unsure whether your iOS device will work, please contact us.
You can configure SAMi to monitor with or without the alarm feature.
SAMi will alarm indefinitely for people who wish to use it to remind them to take rescue medication.
If the alarm is enabled, it sounds until you silence it, which might be an important factor for determining if any action is needed, such as taking additional medication
SAMi has a remote-monitoring feature that alert up to 3 other iOS devices when potentially dangerous movement occures