Have you ever wondered whether you’re getting your full quota of rest every night? You’re not alone: personal sleep tracking technology is more popular than ever. About 40% of Americans get less than the recommended amount of sleep. And besides feeling sluggish and relying on coffee to push you through the workday, medical studies have also related a lack of sleep to health problems and cognitive impairment. Tracking your sleep and understanding what’s preventing you from getting a good night’s rest could do more for your wellbeing than that extra cup of coffee!
Sleep technology not only measures the number of hours of sleep you get each night; they can also measure how long it takes you to fall asleep, how peaceful/restless the sleep is, and deep vs. light sleep levels. The technology ranges from sleep-tracking apps (Sleep Genius, SleepCycle, SleepBot, etc.), wearable fitness trackers (Fitbit, Jawbone, AppleWatch, etc.) and even bed-based sleep trackers. While apps, wearable trackers and bed-based trackers may offer some insight into your sleep patterns, they won’t offer the same level of accuracy and diagnostic detail that a sleep specialist will provide. Consult with your doctor regarding any serious sleep concerns.