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pearjas Oct 4, 2014 12:44 PM

Recording Sleep?
Hi everyone. I've had some odd sleep issues going on for quite a while, and I seen a sleep doc in 2010 but given I don't have problems every night, I'd like to record my sleep. I have a desktop computer by my bed if I need it, and I've been trying for quite a while without any success. I've bought about 4 different webcams with "night vision", but the quality has been so bad it's required lights to be turned out to even look decent.

I'm thinking, perhaps, I need to go more of a camcorder route. It seems odd buying something like that just to record sleep, but I'd hope to get other uses out of it too eventually. :P I just don't want to keep wasting my money on something that can't record decent night vision. Ideally, I'd like to record, put on a computer, and view. Any thoughts? :confused2:

VTphotog Oct 4, 2014 2:52 PM

The night vision used by your webcams should be sufficient, if there is enough illumination. Instead of a different camera, you might want to try an infrared illuminator, which will provide more light for the camera, while letting you sleep. Should be able to find on Amazon or similar.

pearjas Oct 6, 2014 12:22 AM

I don't really have any experience with an infrared illuminator but will definitely look into them more. Is this something that would be ideal for someone trying to sleep? It seems like they act kind of like a flash light, correct?

TCav Oct 6, 2014 7:09 AM

Take a look at this:

VTphotog Oct 6, 2014 8:12 AM

Yes, we are talking about adding light, but most of the infrared light is outside of the band that human eyes can see. It may be partly visible as a deep red glow, but shouldn't be anything that will keep you awake.
(That is, if you can see it at all-think of your TV remote, which works on IR)

pearjas Oct 6, 2014 3:23 PM

Thanks for the link Tcav! So let's assume I have a low quality webcam - something like this:

It's supposed to be a night vision webcam, but in dark, it just looks dark. I've moved the camera about as close as I can (within 10 feet at most). How powerful of an IR illuminator should I be looking for and how many, if more than one? Right now I'm thinking about just going the cheap way on Amazon just as a "test".

TCav Oct 6, 2014 7:13 PM

You need a wide beam but not a lot of range. I'd say get two inexpensive lights for adjacent corners and put the webcam in between.

pearjas Oct 6, 2014 10:43 PM

Thank you so much! That is what I will do :)

pearjas Oct 6, 2014 11:09 PM

Think two of these will work??

TCav Oct 7, 2014 2:38 AM

Those are what I would use.

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